After banding together to build a new home for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” employees of Marous Brothers Construction were instilled with a great sense of community pride. They’d spent 18,000 man hours completing a house for a family in need. But even as the project came to an end, the spirit of volunteerism was still growing.
Under the leadership of President Chip Marous, employees continue to embrace a vision for improving the lives of others and making the world a more beautiful place. This vision is defined by the company’s ARK Effect — or Acts of Random Kindness — venture, which challenges employees to be good stewards of the community through outreach initiatives and volunteerism.
The company hosts a Red Cross Blood Drive at its corporate office twice a year, has employees volunteer as judges at local student competitions and, through an affiliation with Rebuilding Together Lake County, brings together volunteers to provide home-repair assistance to low-income individuals and families on National Rebuilding Day.
Employees at Marous are always setting the bar higher for ARK by partnering with organizations that have a mission to improve the world at large. The latest example is “Tools for School,” a drive to collect back-to-school supplies for 3,000 students of the Willoughby-Eastlake School District, from which numerous employees, and the Marous brothers themselves, are alumnae.
To assist with the effort, brothers Chip, Scott and Ken Marous set an example by purchasing 30 book bags for the supply drive.
Also, employees took their participation in the annual Feed Lake County food drive to the next level this year by partnering with United Way to lead the program. Through canvassing, gathering corporate support, weighing and delivering food, and taking on other key responsibilities, Marous employees brought in more than 5,800 pounds of food in four weeks, 11 times the initial goal.