中英對照讀新聞》Florida company offers 2 free homes as worker incentive （佛州公司免費提供2棟房屋作為員工福利）
While many companies are offering bonuses or higher pay as a way to lure and keep workers, a Florida business is offering a drawing for two brand new and mortgage-free houses.
Mechanical One, which provides air conditioning and plumbing for new developments, is planning to hold the drawing in December, said president and CEO Jason James.
The company has bought two lots for the three-bedroom, two-bath homes and has set aside a $500,000 budget for the project.
James said he thought about other incentives, such as giving away a car or a vacation. But then he decided he wanted his employees to be able to enjoy their own homes. "Many of our employees own a home already, but a lot of them rent."
To qualify for the drawing, employees must be with the company for a full year and take a financial literacy class, paid for by the company. They also must perform 20 hours of community service at a nonprofit of the employee’s choosing.（AP）
lot：名詞，一塊地、場地。例句：This is a private parking lot.（這裡是私人停車場。）
set aside：動詞片語，留出、撥出。例句：It is necessary to set aside an emergency fund.（撥出一筆緊急備用金是必要的。）
literacy：名詞，讀寫能力；（某方面的）知識。例句：Computer literacy is essential nowadays.（電腦知識現今是不可或缺的。）