By: Karen Pieters, Executive Director, Crystal River Main Street
Appeared in: Citrus County Chronicle
Last year Crystal River Main Street created a pop-up museum that showcased our community’s talent.
As we sought to plan the pop-up museum, we ran into an interesting dilemma — we found ourselves without enough workforce to showcase all the amazing talent we had to show. Weeks and weeks of preparation for this project meant the need to hire help, but as a nonprofit, funds for extra help aren’t always easy to come by.
Creating a more diverse workforce can be a challenge to many companies that don’t have the available resources to make new hires, especially local small businesses.
So when we heard about the Florida Chamber Foundation’s Internship Program, a grant created in partnership with The Able Trust, we knew we had to give it a chance. This program, in its pilot year, is helping create a more diverse workforce by connecting businesses with resources and tools that are currently available to hire and retain persons with disabilities. Crystal River Main Street was chosen as one of 10 Florida businesses to participate in the pilot year. By partnering with the Florida Chamber Foundation, Crystal River Main Street was able to get support on their bottom line, by getting reimbursed for their intern’s accrued cost, up to a predetermined amount.
Our community is rich with art, culture and diversity and it is these things we celebrate each and every day. It seems only fitting that our business practices do too.
If you would like to learn more about getting involved with the Florida Chamber Foundation, visit www.FLChamber.com/InternshipProgram.