"Someone once told me that Delta County isn't poor, not where it counts. We're an incredibly blessed and rich community because of the caring, generous people who live here," said Kami Collins, executive director of the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce.
Just look at the sheer number of organizations here that help the local community with everything from literacy to animal rescue to scholarships to shelter to sending home food with hungry school kids. "Looking at all these organizations — Altrusa, St. Nicholas Project, The Abraham Connection, Rotary, Kiwanis, all of them — we are so much stronger together, and these organizations are doing great things for Delta County," Collins said.
When David Moss, the president of the National Chamber for Good Network, contacted Collins about the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce becoming a "Chamber for Good," she jumped at the opportunity for Delta organizations and philanthropic givers to be a part of this network.
Chamber for Good is a community-building service which allows local non-profits to raise their visibility within the community and also provides businesses and philanthropic individuals an easy way to become aware of local charitable needs, causes and events.
Bringing individuals, organizations and businesses together to achieve great things is a key focus of the chamber. The Chamber for Good system provides a clearinghouse that serves to connect all local charitable organizations and causes with the individuals and organizations within our community that are eager to support local needs. Chamber for Good makes it easy to give local. "This tool allows us to harness the goodness of our residents and businesses and really strengthen our community in a way that we haven't been able to before," explained Collins.
"It's amazing how many local needs go unnoticed by individuals and organizations that would gladly volunteer time, donate items or financial help if they only knew about them," Moss said. "Many of the noblest causes operate seemingly in the shadows with little or no public awareness. We've found there is wonderful movement building throughout the country that can best be described as 'Give Local.' The Chamber for Good website raises the visibility of these local charities and causes and allows communities to really make an impact with those charities that serve the people and causes in our own backyard."
The Chamber for Good tool allows residents of our community to view local charitable needs posted by local charities sorted into three areas: financial needs, volunteer needs and item needs. All local charities that fit the eligibility guidelines have the ability to create a public profile on the Chamber for Good site, then post needs in the three areas as they arise. Residents not only have the ability to browse local charitable needs, but can also make item and volunteer offers.
For example, a local individual or group can go to our community's Chamber for Good website and click "offer volunteer time," then give a brief description of the date and time they're available to volunteer, and then send it to all local charities or just those charities within a certain category. The charities are instantly notified via email and can respond back to the individual or group making the offer.
Or, if a Delta area business needs to unload a number of chairs no longer in use, for example, the business clicks on "offer items to charity," describes the items, then clicks submit. Instantly all local charities are made aware of the items and can respond to the donating individual.
Residents are encouraged to go to the local Chamber for Good website and enter their email address toward the bottom of the home page. By doing this they will be notified once per week, by email, of the local needs that exist among the charitable organizations and causes that operate within our community.
You can find the Delta Chamber for Good by clicking the Chamber for Good logo on the Chamber's website homepage at DeltaColorado.org.
Also, every non-profit in Delta County, whether or not you are a member of the Delta chamber, is encouraged to become a partner on Chamber for Good, Collins said. "We want to connect the entire community. Feel free to list your organization and reach more people."
For information on Chamber for Good, please contact the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce at 874-8616.
The Delta Area Chamber thanks the Delta County Independent, KRYD JackFM, Clubb's Store Company, Wells Fargo and Tayshen Automotive for making the Chamber for Good partnership possible in Delta County.blog comments powered by Disqus