“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi
The Varnex Gives Back Story
Varnex is a community of IT professionals dedicated to driving growth and achieving success in the channel. But that’s not all they do. Through Varnex Gives Back, a member-driven volunteer event, this generous community has a chance to help others by giving back to the cities they visit before each Varnex conference.
Rich Gooding, founder of Varnex Gives Back and director of the Varnex community, never imagined his vision would touch the hearts of so many. The first event was held in November 2013, just before the Fall Conference in San Diego. Eleven members of the Varnex community came together to support First Tee of San Diego, an organization that helps underserved youth. The Varnex crew spent the day cleaning up a local park, holding a golf tournament at First Tee, and grilling food for volunteers, children, and staff. The event was a huge success, and the Varnex Gives Back tradition took hold.
Now, Varnex members volunteer the Saturday before each conference. Since the first Varnex Gives Back, more than 370 volunteers have donated over 1,800 man hours. Many members love volunteering in the community and believe Varnex Gives Back is a great way to come together and make a difference for the less fortunate.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to serve alongside the Varnex community,” said Ruckus vendor partner Judith Aponte-Randall of the 2016 Varnex Gives Back event in Las Vegas. “It was exciting to see the community come together unselfishly to go beyond the casinos and shows to make a difference for Vegas residents.”
Since the start of Varnex Gives Back in 2013, 400 volunteers have given back to seven different communities.
|Date||City & State||Charity||Type of Charity||# of Varnex Volunteers|
|Fall ’13||San Diego, CA||The First Tee of S.D.||Park Clean Up||11 Volunteers (US)|
|Spring ’14||Orlando, FL||Orlando Food Bank||Food Bank||14 Volunteers (US)|
|Fall ’14||Las Vegas, NV||Three Square Food Bank||Food Bank||34 Volunteers (NA)|
|Spring ’15||Atlanta, GA||The 3X3 Project||Community Garden||26 Volunteers (NA)|
|Fall ’15||Anaheim, CA||Orange County Food Bank||Food Bank||50 Volunteers (NA)|
|Spring ’16||Dallas, TX||Divine Kinship||Community Garden||30 Volunteers (US)|
|Fall ’16||Las Vegas, NV||Three Square Food Bank||Food Bank||70 Volunteers (NA)|
|Spring ’17||Austin, TX||Central Texas Food Bank||Food Bank||65 Volunteers (US)|
|Fall ’17||San Diego, CA||Feeding San Diego||Food Bank||100 Volunteers (NA)|