A Note From Your Chamber Director...
This morning's discussion at Caffeinate & Connect involved community support and volunteerism, as Carrie from CASA of Washington Co. and Beth from Anova Hospice provided insight and need for quality volunteers. I found it interesting too, that both represent need from each end of the spectrum - CASA dealing with youth in our communities, and Anova (most frequently) dealing with the elders in our communities.
The demand for community support is broad and volunteerism is declining, but that does not mean that the need is. Two organizations were present this morning and I know that there are so many others, both members and non-members that have need, as well.
Our discussion also led me to question the number of local non-profits, that seem to increase daily, and if here is a way to consolidate some that offer similar services, to make them stronger and more viable? Which also led to discussion about the need to work together and collaborate, two words that communities often have a hard time comprehending. I am a proponent of strength in numbers and instead of diluting resources (people included), we should consider, when feasible, coming together.
And what about the burden placed on our businesses to donate to the causes, fundraisers and requests for monetary support? As the chamber director, I toss out many requests to our partners and I completely understand when they must “pick and choose” what to support, as their donation dollars can only go so far. Consider the consolidation example – one strong organization approaches a business for one considerable donation, instead of several small or similar organizations approaching repeatedly. Perhaps that would be a better approach for our local businesses?!
Once again, we did not solve the world’s (or the Mon Valley’s) problems at Caffeinate & Connect, but we certainly had an interesting discussion. Join us next time!
Always Working for You,
Gina C. Lynn