Community Involvement

At CDW, we don’t just invest in the success of our customers. We also invest in the success of our community.

Community Involvement is a long-standing corporate objective. For more than 30 years, our company and its coworkers have contributed millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to improve the communities where we live and work. Investment in our communities is just one of many ways CDW demonstrates our commitment to being a good corporate citizen. When extraordinary catastrophes have occurred, CDW and our coworkers have gone to extraordinary measures to assist.

Corporate Philanthropy

At CDW, we make it a priority to contribute to a wide range of charitable programs and events. Some highlights of the programs and organizations CDW supports are:

The Center for Enriched Living (CEL)

CEL enhances and enriches the lives of people with developmental disabilities, including Down’s syndrome, autism and Fragile X syndrome. CEL programs provide opportunities for more than 500 members to make new friends, learn social and practical skills and become vital participants within their communities.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository
One of the largest nonprofit food distribution centers in the United States, feeding more than 310,000 hungry children and adults in Cook County, Illinois annually. The Depository is committed to efficiently distributing donated and purchased food through qualified agencies such as soup kitchens, shelters and pantries.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
A non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America and Canada. The 170 hospitals they support are available 24-hours a day to help kids of every age and background overcome every imaginable disease and injury, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Every July, CDW coworkers embark on a month-long grassroots fundraising campaign called the CDW Fun Drive for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Operation Homefront
Provides emergency assistance and morale to our U.S. troops, the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home. A nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded after September 11, Operation Homefront leads more than 2500 volunteers in 26 chapters nationwide. Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided critical assistance to more than 40,000 military families in need.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.

Junior Achievement
JA’s purpose has been to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise and understand business and economics to improve the quality of their lives.

I.C. Stars
Provides inner-city youth with opportunities to harness the strength of technology for social and economic leadership. By integrating technology training and leadership development, I. C. Stars is helping shape the next generation of technology leaders.

A program designed to reduce the widening gender gap and increase exposure to and interest in technology for girls, ages 9-14. Designed to broaden girls’ knowledge of and interest in math, science and technology, the girls gain confidence using technology tools in whatever profession they pursue. The long-range goal of TechGYRLS® is to increase the number of girls who choose technical, math or science careers.

Community Service

Getting up close and personal with the community is an important part of CDW culture. CDW supports our coworkers’ desire to give back to their communities by offering one paid Community Service Day off per year. Participation is entirely voluntary. The following are just a few highlights of organizations benefiting from coworker volunteer efforts.

Habitat for Humanity
A nonprofit housing organization. Habitat seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Hundreds of CDW coworkers volunteer each year to help support this goal of eliminating poverty housing.

American Cancer Society
A nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Each year, CDW and its coworkers participate in the Relay for Life, an event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs.

Chicago Cares
A nonprofit organization that responds to the critical human service, educational and environmental needs of Chicago by creating, managing and leading effective and innovative volunteer service programs, which foster the ethic of volunteerism, promote a sense of community and support their partnerships with community organizations. CDW coworkers volunteer in the Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon to transform schools into beautiful, energetic places to help create a better environment for children to learn and grow.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
An organization that is dedicated to bringing friendship, guidance and emotional support to youth through positive adult role models. CDW provides financial support, while numerous coworkers volunteer their time by mentoring children.

Junior Achievement
A nonprofit that educates and inspires young people to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. CDW provides financial support, while numerous coworkers volunteer by mentoring students.

American Red Cross
The nation’s premier emergency response organization. CDW coworkers have been trained for the ARC’s local disaster response volunteer program, “Ready When the Time Comes.”