Photo by Gary Bassing
Via the Orlando Magic:
Orlando Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw along with 20 Magic employees participated in a Habitat for Humanity Orlando build on Thursday, March 24 at Stag Horn Villas in Orlando. The Magic sponsored one home using the Community Contribution Tax Credit Program (CCTCP).
The CCTCP allows qualified organizations to pay the construction costs of a Habitat home and dedicate volunteer hours to the build; the organization or business can then submit a request to receive the amount of their donation returned in the form of a tax credit or refund.
“We are so pleased to partner once again with the Orlando Magic in sponsoring a home for a deserving family in Orlando,” said Lynn Ivanek, Habitat for Humanity Orlando director of development. “Their dedication to building homes and community is greatly appreciated.”
The Orlando Magic encourages (and rewards) its staff to get out and get involved. It is through the organization’s commitment to Central Florida that the Magic Volunteer Program (MVP) was developed. Through the MVP, Magic staff members have contributed over 5,000 community service hours for the third straight year, through the 2009-10 season.
The program began in July of 2006, with the goal of performing 2,000 hours of community service during the 2006-07 season; over 3,800 hours were tracked that first year. MVP is unique in that it allows employees to volunteer during work hours. As an added incentive, employees who reach a certain level of volunteer hours in the community will be invited to a recognition luncheon and receive a check ranging from $50-$100 to donate to a charity of their choice.
“The Orlando Magic is committed to building a strong community,’ said Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs Linda Landman Gonzalez. “As part of this commitment we encourage our staff to volunteer, and are proud that through our collective efforts we can help make the dream of home ownership a reality for one family.”