Don’t give in; give back!

Like so many local businesses, Correct Craft has had slow business this year. As a manufacturer of the Nautique brand of inboard boats, the company noted sagging sales this year and faced some tough decisions. Amazingly, rather than laying off a significant number of employees, President/CEO Bill Yeargin, decided to initiate an eight-week project that would keep his employees busy even in the midst of a slowing economy (see Bill’s thoughts behind this plan here).

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On March 5, Correct Craft sent about 120 employees to volunteer at the Coalition as part of the company's innovative plan to "cut back and give back."

Bill’s idea involved his employees building boats two days a week and receiving training two days a week. Though this idea involved lower wages for employees on their training days, it also meant dozens of employees were able to keep their jobs. The best part of Bill’s plan involved two special training days: those two days would be devoted solely to community service.

And guess who got to benefit from this generous idea? We did! And we couldn’t be more thrilled.

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Companies like Correct Craft are a reminder that even in tough times, we can use our creativity to help the needy in our communities.

On February 12 and March 5, Correct Craft employees swarmed onto the Coalition’s campuses, completing a variety of needed services like painting hallways and lobbies, landscaping at both campuses, and stuffing hundreds of envelopes. And the best part was that they did it with all the effort they would normally give a full-day’s work: they gave it their all.

Volunteering in tough times has been a hot topic lately, from world leaders like Michelle Obama, who recently volunteered at a local soup kitchen in DC, (see the Fox News story here) to Prince William (see Change.org’s post about this). Kate Santich, an Orlando Sentinel staff writer, has recently reported that volunteerism is on the rise among jobless and Heart of Florida United Way Robert Brown commented on the subject in his letter to the editor today.

With all the buzz already going on about volunteering, we wanted to once again add our voice to the crowd. Companies like Correct Craft are a reminder that even in tough times, we can use our creativity to help the needy in our communities. Even while they were cutting back on expenses, Correct Craft figured out a way to give back.

With this image in mind, we hope you follow their example: use creativity in figure out how you can serve. Above all, we encourage you – don’t give in; give back!

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