We Love to Support the Shadow Buddies Foundation!

Every day our team works hard to become Kansas City’s favorite MSP.  As part of our core values, we strive to build ideal team players that embody the virtues of hungry, humble, and smart. While we are committed to delivering high-value solutions and services to our clients we are also committed to giving back to our community. Since 2018 we have partnered with the children’s charity organization, Shadow Buddies Foundation.

Update: Christmas in July toy Drive

Over the years , the Umbrella team has repeatedly volunteered to help support this incredible organization. For 2022 we’re hungry to do even more. This year our team rallied and started early on the organization’s Holiday Hugs Toy Drive forKids and ran a company-wide Christmas in July Toy Drive! Throughout July, our team humbled themselves and used our internal recognition program to trade in points for toys. Umbrella Managed Systems is proud to announce that we were able to purchase over $1,600 in toys for the Shadow Buddies Foundation. We can’t wait to see how many toys we will collect this holiday season. Stay tuned!

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About the Shadow Buddies Foundation

The Shadow Buddies Foundation is a non-profit children’s charitable organization devoted to providing support and knowledge to young children with severe illnesses and disabilities. With a mission to supply emotional support for severely ill children, the Shadow Buddies Foundation offers unique programs designed to enhance the lives of children and adults in Kansas City. 

 Source: Shadow Buddies Foundation Website

Founded in 1995 this year the Shadow Buddies organization will celebrate their 27th anniversary and their success with over 1.7 million buddies donated to kids with serious medical conditions. Each year this organization continues to grow and set new records. One of their most recent innovations was the launch of the Courageous Crew Buddies. This series of buddies pays tribute to real-life heroes like firemen, police officers, first responders, physicians/nurses, and members of the armed forces.  So far, the foundation has distributed over 2,500 of these buddies.

Umbrella Loves the Shadow Buddies Foundation

Every October the foundation kicks off its annual “Holiday Hugs Toy Drive Program” which provides thousands of toys, Shadow Buddies, and dinner to hundreds of Kansas City metro families. These toys are distributed to families, shelters, and other like-minded non-profits that are passionate about helping medically challenged children and families in need. In addition, the organization adopts 350 local families and provides bags of toys and goodies. This is one of the reasons games are so important as they allow these families to connect in a fun way. 

To continue to build upon their success they pursue relationships with organizations that share complementary goals. As a sponsor of Shadow Buddies, we are humbled knowing that this partnership is making a difference in children’s lives.  Throughout the years our team has remained hungry and continues to volunteer their time and efforts to this amazing organization. A couple of our favorite events to volunteer at are the Shoot for the Kids and the Holiday Hugs Toy Drive for Kids. It’s a great way for us to step out from behind the computer and use our smarts for a great cause.  

To remain true to our core value of being hungry Umbrella is hosting an internal Christmas in July toy drive! For the entire month, our team will be graciously donating a portion of our internal reward points in exchange for exciting new toys. To further this cause Umbrella will match what our staff raises. We can’t wait to get a head start on this year’s toy drive and do our part to help make the 2022 Shadow Buddies Holiday Toy Drive the best one ever!   

More about Shadow Buddies

As one of Kansas City’s leading local charities, we are committed to bringing a “buddy” to every child we can who is faced with a medical condition. Our buddies help banish the shadows and show a child that they are never alone. Love, support, and friendship are there with them through every trial. 

Source: Shadow Buddies Foundation Website

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Umbrella and IT Solutions Join Forces

We are pleased to announce a new partnership with IT Solutions Consulting, a managed services provider headquartered in Fort Washington, PA. IT Solutions has a robust reputation in the IT industry and is backed by 25+ years of experience. Together, we’ll continue to deliver top-tier service with our combined team of technology professionals under the IT Solutions name. Click here for more details.