4 of 5
BACKNEXT
4. Free martial arts classes
Free martial arts classes

Back in April, Patrick Cunningham invited the local unemployed to karate-kick their woes at his martial-arts studio, Bayonne Karate. The small studio in Bayonne, N.J., offered an aerobic workout, Bruce Lee style, every Tuesday and Thursday morning for the next three months.

Cunningham says the transformation over that hour was dramatic. The 10 participants came in tired and apprehensive, and left with a smile (although a little sweaty). "They felt good afterwards," he says, "they felt positive and ready to go out and look for work."

That attitude reignited their motivation, Cunningham says. "Most found some sort of employment," Cunningham says. One of the biggest benefits, beyond the feel-good results? The positive word-of-mouth from the program members. Two participants from the original free course enrolled in ongoing classes.

Cunningham's only regret: "I could've promoted it a lot more," he says. So he's thinking of running it again and doing more to get the word out.

NEXT: Free haircut

Email | Print | Share  |  RSS
 
google my aol my msn my yahoo! netvibes
Paste this link into your favorite RSS desktop reader
See all CNNMoney.com RSS FEEDS (close)
LAST UPDATE: Nov 06 2009 | 3:45 AM ET
More Galleries
7 lifehacks to eliminate your holiday hassle Whether curating the perfect gift or finding a pet-sitter, these startups offer time-saving services that might just seem like holiday magic. More
San Francisco: The best city to make things From electric motorcycles to death shrouds, San Francisco's manufacturing sector is booming. More
6 designers shaking up fashion These designers are changing the way we dress, accessorize and shop, from custom made-to-fit dresses to smart jewelry that's actually stylish. More

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer.

Morningstar: © 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2014. All rights reserved.

Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved.

Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2014 and/or its affiliates.