Popular trading site's founder reaches out to veterans
POSTED: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 6:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Thousands of veterans, many of whom face job concerns, just got some major tech support in the form of a donation of cash and technology from dotcom success story Craig Newmark.
Newmark, the founder of the popular Craigslist says the donation is to a cause close to his heart.
"This donation is another way for a guy like me to show my thanks for their service by giving back right here in the local community," he said.
His gift of $10,000 (part of the Craigconnects initiative, which counts the military as one of its main focus points) will buy the Veterans Educational Transitional Services Center (VETS) at City College of San Francisco new Hewlett Packard computers, a nice boost for veterans who need help finding job and reconnecting as they come back home.
In an area where tech executives giving is a common thing, a gift to veterans is extra cool.
And the tech angle?
Newmark said: "A nerd's gotta do what a nerd's gotta do."
The VETS Center serves veteran students in order to enhance their transition from military life into real world careeers.
The center partners with the Veterans Alliance Club and the Veteran Resource Center.
City College of San Francisco is among the oldest and largest community colleges, providing education to about 95,000 students each year.