How Chamber Committees Serve Our Community

The Chamber of Commerce offers many programs and initiatives during the year that impact our community at large. Many of these are provided through the efforts of Chamber committees. To provide these services and initiatives to our Chamber members and our community, we rely on committee volunteers to help us get the word out and make these initiatives happen. The 2024 committees are: Education Committee, Workforce Development Council, and Governmental Affairs Council.

Now, let’s talk about what they do.

Education Committee

The Education Committee directs a variety of initiatives that build and enhance relationships between businesses and local schools. The committee oversees the Partners in Education (PIE) program, which can take many forms and range from in-kind to volunteer support. A partnership can be as simple as agreeing to read to a kindergarten class, judge an art contest or speak to high school students about careers. The committee celebrates Pi Day on March 14 by delivering pies to all Cherokee County public schools along with Chamber member private schools.

The group, in conjunction with the Going Green Task Force, coordinates an annual ‘Green’ educational opportunity for elementary students. They also recognize retiring educators from the Cherokee County School District (CCSD) and collect/deliver school supplies for students in CCSD Title 1 schools via the School Supply Express. This program helps students restock their supplies ahead of the second semester.

The Remote Reader program promotes literacy and the fun of reading by encouraging community volunteers to read/record a story to be posted on the Chamber’s YouTube channel. The readers and their books are then promoted to local schools and the community.

Committee members also have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the continuous educational developments in our community.

The staff contact is Christin Becker.

Governmental Affairs Council

On your behalf, the Governmental Affairs Council tracks business legislation and collaborates with elected officials. The group also coordinates the annual Cherokee Day at the Capitol, Elected Officials Appreciation Reception, Legislative Appreciation Event, and the Annual Legislative Survey. A compilation of the survey data, collected from the Chamber membership each fall, is provided to Cherokee’s Legislative Delegation prior to the annual Legislative Session.

The staff contact is Pam Carnes.

Workforce Development Council

Volunteers coordinate free events for resume building and job search/interview skills. Events such as Work Readiness Wednesdays, which will be hosted at library locations across the county in 2024, allow community members to bring a resume for development and review, free of charge.

The Workforce Development Council also assists with the SchmoozaPalooza business promotion/networking event. This event is open to the public and serves as an excellent opportunity for Chamber member businesses and organizations to promote themselves to the community.

In addition, the Workforce Development Council coordinates annual Career Fairs for 8th grade students in the Cherokee County School District – an event that promotes local career opportunities to the community’s future generations.

The staff contact is Christin Becker.

Why should you join a committee?

Through involvement with a committee, you represent your organization as being community-minded and committed to the causes that impact our county. Participation in the Education Committee directly benefits students and teachers across Cherokee County throughout the year. By serving on the Governmental Affairs Council, you will assist in educating your fellow Chamber members on the impact local, state, and federal legislation can have on their businesses. Being an active volunteer on the Workforce Development Council allows you and your organization to be at the forefront of economic growth in Cherokee County.

Ultimately, through committee involvement you will be giving back to Cherokee County and the community that has allowed your own organization to thrive.

We would love to have you volunteer with one of the above committees as a Chamber member.  Interested in joining a committee?  Email Info@CherokeeChamber.com.