Chamber ready to Celebrate Civic

MINT HILL – The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce is turning its attention to local civic organizations at its next meeting in an effort to bring businesses and nonprofits together for the good of the community.

Celebrate Civic, scheduled for Thursday, June 26, will be the first time the chamber has held a monthly luncheon for the purpose of giving more exposure to nonprofits.

“(The event) gives us an opportunity to invite nonprofits, in and outside Mint Hill, to come as our guest to network and meet and build partnerships with those other organizations,” Boyd Davis, president of the chamber, said.

Blessed Assurance Adult Day Care, Kiwanis Club, Habitat for Humanity, Mint Hill Arts and Mint Hill Lions Club have all confirmed they will attend. The nonprofits, which are all chamber members, will address the crowd and be given a spotlight table at the meeting.

“(The nonprofits) will be able to get up in front of the group, share their organization with everyone attending and our guests will have the opportunity to learn more about them…” Davis said.

Other nonprofits also are invited to attend and network with local businesses although they must register in advance and pay for lunch if eating.

Barnett hopes the event helps both local businesses and nonprofits, but also the community by giving area residents a better understanding of the civic groups working in their neighborhoods.

The idea for Celebrate Civic came from the chamber’s new community outreach team, which is comprised of board and chamber members. The group and chamber leaders think it could become an annual event, depending on how the June 26 gathering goes.

Area nonprofits are already pleased with the upcoming celebration, saying it serves as a reminder of how supportive the chamber is of their organizations.

“The Mint Hill Chamber is very progressive and extremely inclusive,” Nate Huggins, executive director of Blessed Assurance, said. “Most chambers focus on the for-profit entities. The (Mint Hill) chamber has simply not only decided to promote the inclusiveness, but wants the community to be aware of the great things our nonprofits do for the community.”

Huggins, who will be speaking at the event, isn’t looking for opportunities to gain business – he wants residents to be aware of the resources his and other nonprofits have to offer.

“…Having touched lives in some shape, fashion or form, I thought it was the right thing to do to, to reach out and share with the community how we can be of service to them,” he said.

Huggins believes that once people realize there are so many nonprofits servicing the needs of the community, more volunteers will step up to help local causes.

“They know the problem exists, but they want to know how to be part of the solution,” Huggins said of area residents. “Without a doubt, we will makes those opportunities available.”

Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce meetings are held at the Pine Lake Country Club at 5504 Lebanon Road. Call the chamber at 704-573-8282 for more information about Celebrate Civic and to register to attend.

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