Tom Mukamal, CEO of IGY Marinas, has set out on a unique journey during the past several months. As a way to give back and make a lasting impression on the communities in which his business operates, he initiated an outreach program which targets local charitable organizations.
On February 2016, Island Global Yachting launched its first “Inspire Giving Through You” outreach initiative. To celebrate the companies eleven years in business, more than 300 volunteers came together in an effort to restore eight IGY marinas. The project employed boat owners and workers and aimed to inspire individuals and organizations to invest in their own communities. Plans for the follow-up to the hugely successful campaign were already in preparation for June 11, 2016. In addition to US marinas expected to benefit from the program, IGY reached as far out as Panama and the Caribbean. The yachting company went to work transforming marinas into daycare facilities, elderly homes, and Boys and Girls Clubs.
The motivation for this developing trend to work alongside nonprofits and get them closely networked into the community. So far, the luxury yacht company has made its rounds along the United States east coast. The program targets the locations from which it operates, urging employees and yacht club sponsors to become more active within their local neighborhoods. As part of the operation’s efforts to provide for the residents in these areas, particularly children, IGY has been collecting clothing, non-perishable goods, playground equipment, and other items that will help move the initiative forward.
The outreach sets the tone for business owners and serves as a representation of what companies aspire towards within their own communities. “Inspire Giving Through You” participants have invested energy and resources into building, for the company and themselves, a much needed local presence. Renovations are intended to not only improve the look of the facilities, but also enhance the safety of the people who will take shelter in them. Since its incorporation in 2005, IGY has been purchasing marinas along with portions of the surrounding properties. The company has already been making arrangements to move forward …