We believe in building our community while we build our business.
We were the primary United States sponsor of Bike to GROW, which raised funds for Mennonite Economic Development Associates’ (MEDA) GROW program that supports women entrepreneurs in Ghana. Via our flagship online store www.DutchCrafters.com, we matched $5,000 of giving.
We also believe in the power of the next generation, especially when it’s coupled with those that came before us. To honor that belief, JMX Brands maintains the DutchCrafters Heritage Scholarship, aimed at rewarding three deserving students each year who plan to use their heritage as part of their future.
It’s not just JMX Brands as a company that’s helping our communities; our employees play an integral part, as well. During each weekly staff meeting, we honor the exceptional acts of co-workers by donating a dollar and a compliment to the “Kudos” box for jobs well done. The money we collect is contributed to a local charity each year. Recently, we have supported the All Faiths Food Bank and Mayor’s Feed the Hungry.
Our CEO serves as an example for all of us with the generous donation of his time and talents. Jim Miller serves on the board of directors at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA). He is president of the Sarasota Chapter of MEDA. He has been a member of the Executive Council of Sarasota United for Responsibility and Equity, President of the Sunnyside Foundation, and director at Charis Center, to name a few.
One of our core corporate values is sustainability, and we strive for this within the workplace as well as with the choice of products we sell.
Our products and woodworkers:
- The heirloom quality furniture we sell is intended to last a lifetime and beyond. Ours isn’t expendable furniture, tossed into dumpsters every few years — ours is built and finished by hand, and treasured for generations.
- All of the lumber used by our expert Amish craftsmen is regionally sourced so fewer resources are used to transport materials, reducing shipping and fuel expenditures.
- The lumber also comes from responsibly managed forests with trees chosen carefully with an eye toward the health of the rest of the trees.
- We work with craftsmen who have been green since before being green was in fashion — traveling by horse and buggy, canning food from their own farms and gardens, and drying their laundry in the sun. While the waste involved in factory manufacturing is incalculable, the amount saved by our woodworkers is downright incredible.