YJT Solutions Institutes Annual Volunteer Day

IT services firm institutes yearly, Chicago-based volunteer day

Dec 05, 2012, 08:13 ET from YJT Solutions

CHICAGO, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- YJT Solutions, a leading, Chicago based, provider of Information Technology (IT) consulting and managed services instituted an annual volunteer day.  The firm plans to focus on Chicago charities in an effort to help local families and children in need.

This year the firm sent 25% of its staff to the Greater Chicago Food Depository where volunteers wrapped donation barrels for the holiday season and bagged over one thousand snack bags for the organization's Nourish for Knowledge program.  The firm asked for monetary donations from staff members and also brought canned goods with them to the food bank on the day they volunteered. 

"We encourage giving back both inside and outside of the firm," said YJT's CEO Linda Maclachlan. "This year we focused on the Greater Chicago Food Depository starting in May when we had a food drive, fundraiser and hosted 'Play with a Purpose', but I wanted to contribute in a more hands-on capacity and so asked our firm to help me in giving back through a volunteer day.  I've been working with and at local food banks for years and vehemently believe in their mission that no one has to go hungry: I'm grateful that my employees are willing to help." 

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a nonprofit food distribution and training center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in its community. The Food Depository distributes donated and purchased food through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters to 678,000 adults and children in Cook County every year. Last year the Food Depository distributed 64 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 134,800 meals every day.  Innovative training programs and initiatives developed by the Food Depository also work to provide men, women and children with the tools necessary to break their individual cycles of poverty.

YJT Solutions is a Chicago-based provider of IT consulting and managed services to companies in a variety of industries that depend on technology.  The firm was founded more than a decade ago to help build the IT infrastructure of some of the most demanding and unforgiving companies in the world: Chicago futures and options trading firms. YJT helped these firms transition into the world of electronic trading and more recently has helped them scale to meet the extremely low latency and big storage demands of high-frequency trading. In recent years YJT has expanded in both scope and reach, bringing that same Chicago toughness to help companies in a variety of industries. YJT works to help companies accelerate profits, lower fixed costs, and reduce operational risk.

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