South Windsor Chamber partners with Chamber for Good

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
South Windsor - posted Wed., Jul. 24, 2013
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Chamber for Good, launched in January 2013, is a philanthropic clearinghouse. South Windsor Chamber of Commerce will be partnering with the site to meet local needs with volunteers. Courtesy image. - Contributed Photo

The South Windsor Chamber of Commerce is one of the first chambers in Connecticut to partner with a newly-launched organization called Chamber for Good. This group uses the established network of any local chamber to connect non-profits in the community with people who can help fulfill a need, whether through monetary or physical donations or volunteerism.

Considered a “clearinghouse” for philanthropic activity in each community, Chamber for Good gives each chamber its own website where residents can access local charities’ needs and make offers to donate or volunteer.

“There are 95 non-profits in South Windsor and the surrounding area that are registered,” said South Windsor Chamber Executive Director Shari Fiveash. “They have an opportunity to put all of their activities and needs on the site.”

The local food bank’s shelves, for example, are in need of donations this time of year, according to Fiveash. They will be able to post their most prominent needs. “The Visiting Nurses Association has a couple of events,” said Fiveash. “They raise all kinds of funds for hospice, but they don’t have a way to get that information out to the public,” she said. She hopes, via the South Windsor Chamber for Good website, they will now be connected to everyone who signs up to receive notifications.

The local library also is excited to benefit from posting its needs on the site, too. “It will be very helpful,” said Library Director Mary Etter, “in terms of sharing experience among members.” Etter called to mind the time the library was looking for master gardeners to come and plant a “specialty” garden at the library. She could have used Chamber for Good to put a call out to the entire community at once, instead of putting up flyers and sending e-mails. “It will be good when we’re looking for someone with particular experience,” she said.

“We’re just at the beginning end of this,” said Fiveash. Non-profits are currently filling out their profiles on the site. She hopes they will have completed that process by the end of August.

“One of the things that is important to our chamber is that we help the community thrive,” said Fiveash. “Not just the businesses, but if we keep the community sustainable, then our businesses are sustainable.”

To take a look at the Chamber for Good website, go to www.chamberforgood.com/southwindsor.


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