For small businesses that are rooted in a community, relying on the members of that community for support, it is crucial that they spend time giving back to the community that they rely on. However, this type of support is particularly crucial in times of tough economic struggles. People everywhere are struggling to make ends meet, to feed their children, to live without worry. This is the time when community members need to rally together and support each other. In Maui, one such small business is rallying for its community.
The owners of Island Window Covering and Upholstery, Chuck and Lisa Burke, have recently raised six hundred dollars for the Maui Food Bank. Through their “Will Work for Food” charity campaign, the company was able to donate a portion of the proceeds from every window covering sale to the Maui Food Bank.
Located at 300 Ohukai Rd in Maui, Island Window Covering and Upholstery has been in business for over thirty-one years. According to its web site, it is a “family owned and operated company” that was started in 1988. Their dedication to their customers is apparent through their company mission: “We believe in providing the best possible customer experience and work diligently to make sure that every detail is taken care of and that you are satisfied with your purchase.” It is clear that this mission transcends their customers; Island Window Covering and Upholstery applies this company mission to its community as well.
Both Chuck and Lisa are avid members of local community service organizations in their group, and are clearly two business-savvy people with compassionate hearts.
The “Will Work for Food” campaign generated as a result of the current status of the economy. Chuck Burke realized that people everywhere are struggling and that the people in his community could use some support.
The Maui Food Bank, located in Wailuku, strives to provide food for those in the community who are unable to provide for themselves. In fact, the Maui Food Bank serves over eleven thousand people every month with an approximate one million pounds of food – that is a lot of mouths to feed and every donation helps. For every one dollar that is donated, Maui Food Bank can turn that into eight dollars worth of groceries because of government funding.
Based on those facts, Island Window Covering and Upholstery really donated forty-eight hundred dollars. In media releases, Chuck Burke was noted as saying that he believes that it is during these most challenging economic times that the businesses in a community need to help out the most. He went on to note that this is his company’s way of giving back, and through the promotion, members of the community could give back a little, too.
For more information about Island Window Covering and Upholstery, visit their web site at www.islandwindowcovering.com. Because the Maui Food Bank focuses a lot of need on its volunteers, visit www. Mauifoodbank.org to learn more about the Maui Food Bank or to make a donation.
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