As a veteran-friendly organization, WESCO makes an active effort to hire veterans. WESCO also looks for opportunities to give back to military veterans outside of our organization. Last month, the Government Team fundraised for a national charity to give back to injured veterans.
WESCO’s fifth annual Government Partner Network (GPN) Summit took place on Nov. 6-8 in Austin, TX. The Summit brought together strategic government contractors, the WESCO government team, and 30 suppliers for networking opportunities, educational sessions, keynote speakers, a tradeshow, and a charitable golf tournament.
Charity at the GPN Summit
The Annual GPN Charity Golf Tournament, a favorite event among GPN Summit attendees, has provided an opportunity to support military veterans for the past five years. Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors was chosen to be the tournament’s charitable partner because the mission of the foundation aligns closely with WESCO’s mission to support veterans.
Jared Allen Homes for Wounded Warriors, founded in 2009, builds and remodels handicap-accessible homes for United States military veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The foundation works with wounded veterans to build or remodel handicap-accessible homes. Taking into consideration the requirements of the individual, the foundation gives military veterans not just a house, but a custom home.
In total, the GPN Summit event raised $10,000 for Jared Allen Homes for Wounded Warriors.
“We’re so glad we could support this organization. WESCO has a deep appreciation for the military community,” said Lee Osterman, WESCO Vice President and General Manager, Government and Institutional. “To be able to give back in a way that provides wounded veterans and their families with a sense of security in a home is a great honor.”
The event consisted of networking, informational sessions, and a supplier tradeshow. GPN Members leverage the entire WESCO International network of products, services, and supply chain solutions to be more competitive on federal, state, and local government opportunities.
“During the GPN Summit, we wanted to stress that through collaboration, teamwork, and shared opportunities, small businesses can compete for and win opportunities they might not have been able to do without the network,” explained Lee Osterman.