Business briefs, March 8, 2019


West Marine opens grant cycle

WATSONVILLE — West Marine is now accepting applications for its 2019 BlueFuture grants.

The spring 2019 grant cycle will run through March 31, with the names of grant recipients to be announced by the end of April. A total of 25 grants will be awarded.

Encouraged to apply are nonprofit, community-based organizations that teach sailing, powerboating, fishing, paddling or surfing; provide boatbuilding instruction; foster aquatic sustainability and conservation practices; or encourage learning in the marine sciences.

The $1,500 grants are given without restriction, which means grant recipients are free to use the funds as they see fit to operate their respective programs.

“As an industry leader, we believe it’s our responsibility to teach new generations the benefits of spending time on the water,” said Laura Barry, director of marketing communications. “All of our BlueFuture grants go to nonprofit organizations that provide kids with the opportunity to engage with boating, fishing, marine sciences and conservation. One hundred percent of the money raised for BlueFuture supports our grant program.”

BlueFuture is a donor-advised fund set up through Community Foundation Santa Cruz County, and all donations are fully tax-deductible.

Interested applicants can visit www.westmarine.com/BlueFuture, to fill out and submit an online form.

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Shadowbrook benefiting CASA

CAPITOLA — Shadowbrook Restaurant is supporting CASA of Santa Cruz with its Community Tuesday program on March 26.

Shadowbrook will donate 30 percent of tabs generated from 5-9 p.m. to CASA.

For reservations, call 475-1511 or visit www.shadowbrook-capitola.com. When making a reservation, mention you are dining for CASA.

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New 10-day work program debuts at Boardwalk

SANTA CRUZ — The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announced a new “Work & Play” employment program, aimed at hiring a team of temporary employees for 10 specific days this spring. 

The new program comes with incentives including four free Boardwalk season passes, 10 free all-day ride wristbands, a flexible part-time schedule and other employee perks. 

“Our 10-Day Work & Play Program will be attractive to anyone who can’t commit to working all summer, but would still appreciate earning extra money and Boardwalk season passes to share with family or friends,” said Carol Siegel, Boardwalk employment manager. “With another tight labor market this year, we’re looking for a team of employees, ranging from students to seniors, who might enjoy the experience and appreciate the rewards of working just 10 days this spring.” 

Applicants for the Work & Play program must be 18 years old. 

• Jobs are in rides and food service departments 

• The 10 weekdays needed to qualify are: April 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and May 24, 28, 29, 30, 31 

• Four to eight hours per day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  

• Pay is $12.50 an hour for rides; $13 an hour plus a free meal (per shift) with food service. 

• Training and uniforms provided

In addition to the new Work & Play program, the Boardwalk is filling many other seasonal and year-round career positions in departments throughout the historic amusement park.

“Every summer we face the challenge of filling over 1,500 seasonal jobs,” Siegel said. “Our employees love working at the beach and making friends in a fun environment.” 

The Boardwalk offers many incentives and activities for employees, including a free employee shuttle from Watsonville, discount METRO bus tickets, discounts to other Bay Area parks and attractions, discount movie passes, free parking and bike lockers, employee outings and parties, and team sports tournaments. 

Job applicants can apply online anytime, or drop by the Boardwalk for an instant interview Monday-Saturday. All applicants who interview will be rewarded with free parking and five free rides for their efforts. 

For information, visit beachboardwalk.com/Jobs.

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