Boys and girls enrolled in the Marine Vocational Program (MVP)’s learn to swim classes at the St. Thomas Swimming Association’s (STSA) pool in Red Hook had a big surprise waiting for them on the last Saturday in February. The Sunday prior, a group of over 30 people completed much-needed tasks such as painting the pool deck and bathroom floors with skid-resistant paint, removing broken equipment and improving the structural stability of the main staircase up to the pool – all activities to make the facility safer for the children. This incredible work is just one example of how IGY Marinas world-wide community service outreach Initiative, ‘Inspire Giving through You’, kicked off and into action.
“Employees of IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande and American Yacht Harbor volunteered in force to provide an amazing facelift to the STSA pool,” says Jimmy Loveland, MVP founder. “Many St. Thomas businesses contributed product (paint, signage, brushes, pizza, etc.), the older MVP kids chipped in to help and at the end of the day a whole bunch was accomplished. It was a wonderful show of community spirit!”
The St. Thomas group, which included yacht captains, crews, owners and local volunteers, were part of something much bigger. In fact, on the single day of February 20, over 300 volunteers from 8 participating IGY Marina locations across six countries benefited seven different non-profit groups.
In St. Maarten, staff from the Yacht Club at Isle de Sol and Simpson Bay Marina helped with renovations at the ICAN Foundation Orphanage. This spanned everything from deep cleaning inside to repairs and setting up playground equipment outside. South in St. Lucia, IGY staff from the Rodney Bay Marina provided grounds maintenance and cleared land for a sustainable agricultural garden at the Boys Training Centre. To the west in Santa Marta, Columbia, volunteers from Marina Santa Marta worked together on restoration projects at the Fundehumac Foundation. Work included plastering and patching cracks and holes in walls, painting and refurbishing the floors. To the north, staff at Marina Cabo San Lucas in Mexico assisted with modernizations of the Cabo Carolina Cerebral Palsy Foundation’s office and two local parks. Building ramps and repairing walkways numbered just some of the tasks. Finally, back East, volunteers from Blue Haven Marina in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos, assisted the Provo’s Children Home with necessary upgrades like restocking the food pantry and improvements in information and technology needs.
“The success of this outreach was derived from the collaborated efforts of our volunteers and the dedication of our staff members. Their perseverance and enthusiasm resulted in making a tangible impact in each of the communities. Their generosity has hopefully inspired others in the yachting community and beyond to spend time with friends and colleagues to give back. We look forward to significantly expanding these efforts in seasons to come,” says Tom Mukamal, IGY Marina’s chief executive officer.
IGY’s ‘Inspire Giving through You’ initiative continues this summer. On June 11, 2016, the staff at the company’s remaining marinas in the U.S. and Panama, as well as each of the IGY Marinas executive locations in New York, South Carolina, Florida, and the United Kingdom, will undertake a volunteer activity in their communities on June 11, 2016. For more information, visit: www.igymarinas.com/igy-community-service