Ditch the suits for a major cleanup initiative on Friday

On Friday, executives and entrepreneurs are trading suits for neon vests to clean Kissimmee roads for National Volunteer Month.

Members of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando will join students from Florida Technical College (FTC) to promote and encourage corporate citizenship by picking up road litter around downtown Kissimmee.

Earlier this year, FTC launched an initiative through the Florida’s Adopt-A-Road Program, to clean roads, protect the environment and reduce taxpayers’ cost for debris and litter removal in areas near its campuses in Deland, Orlando, Lakeland, Cutler Bay and Pembroke Pines. With the Kissimmee campus also on board, all six schools will be out in their communities simultaneously cleaning roads on Friday.

“At FTC, our responsibility is to set a standard not just for what we do, but how we do it too. Education goes beyond the classroom, embracing volunteerism and community initiatives have always driven our corporate mission,” said John Burkett, FTC president. “We believe we can truly create a positive social impact through our work. Goodness is an investment that never fails.”

The partnership with the Hispanic Chamber will boost volunteer numbers to more than 150.

Executives from various Central Florida corporations will trade their suits for neon vests to beautify neighborhoods, while teaching students about corporate responsibility by example and the importance of giving back to the community.

“CSR might be the last thing on an entrepreneur’s mind when he or she sets out to start a successful business, but it should be part of a company’s culture from day one,” said Gaby Ortigoni, HCCMO president. “Not just because it’s the ‘right thing to do,’ but because it gives them a competitive edge too.”

Florida Technical College calls on to community leaders to join the two organizations on the effort.

Register first by emailing Debbie Delgado at ddelgado1@ftccollege.edu.