BLOOMSBURG - Sometimes a small business can have a big idea. In June, Art of Floating, 1924 Old Berwick Road, sponsored an on-site concert by local band Fricknadorable.
Proceeds of $190 garnered from the performance were donated to Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity to support its non-profit outreach ministry to help provide decent, affordable housing to families in need.
Why Habitat? Manager Elise Lenhart explained that clients were asked for their suggestions of appropriate recipients of the donation and Habitat was chosen.
"We are so appreciative of this unsolicited donation," said Ana White, home development coordinator. "We rely on donations and volunteer workers to fulfill our mission. Without caring people like the clients and employees of Art of Floating we would not be able to do our job."
Art of Floating offers the relaxation experience of floating in a tank filled with a shallow amount of water and a large amount of Epsom salts, noted Lenhart.
The effect creates a buoyancy similar to that of the Dead Sea, providing a feeling of weightlessness. Absence of the effects of gravity provides muscular relief and relaxation.
Floaters in the tank also enjoy reduced external stimulation to allow the mind to slow down and the body to heal itself naturally.
Floating for one hour per session, she concluded, reduces pain, removes lactic acid from the muscles, lowers blood pressure and is equivalent to four hours of sleep.
Open since April 6, the business already is planning to add two more flotation tanks.
Habitat homes are rehabilitated or built primarily with volunteers using money contributed by supporters, according to GLHFH Executive Director Tina McDowell.
Families must go through a selection process that includes income verification and determination of credit-worthiness and financial responsibility.
Families who qualify for Habitat homes pay their mortgages back over a 30-year period with no interest. They also are required to work 250 hours for each adult in the household as sweat equity, with 100 hours working on their own home.
These are hard-working families with a real need who work with volunteers not only to build homes but also to build strong relationships and give back to the communities where they live.
For more information on how to volunteer time or make a donation, visit www.lycominghabitat.org, contact Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity, 540 Lycoming St., or call 322-2515.
Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity also can be found on Facebook.