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Be a Part of the Solution -- Introducing The Chamber’s 2021 Volunteer Councils
Meet the people. Do the work. Help build a better future for your community.
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce aims to elevate the businesses, communities, and quality of life in the Wyoming Valley. One way the revered nonprofit organization plans to accomplish this is through the time, talent, and hard work of their various volunteer councils. Each Chamber council is dedicated to planning and supporting local, community-building initiatives. Along with the Chamber, the volunteer councils strive to bring our community together and strengthen the businesses that call our region home.
Volunteer councils provide an opportunity for local professionals to gain exposure within the business community. They encourage the development of lasting friendships and strong business relationships. Council meetings and events also serve as a source of valuable networking and business development opportunities.
Now’s the time to get in the game. As they kick off 2021, the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber is looking for passionate, community-minded individuals. That means you! Join one of their six different volunteer councils. We’ve provided snapshots of each council below. Take a look and see if making a difference in the community is a right fit for you.
Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Councils
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council was developed in 2020. It focuses on the Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s diversity initiatives, ensures inclusion in Chamber programs and policies, and works towards a more equitable future for all in the Wyoming Valley. The council developed an inclusion plan for 2021. It focuses on four core priorities: growth and education; enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; advocacy; and nurturing an equitable environment.
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Women’s Council
The Women’s Council empowers female professionals in the Greater Wyoming Valley area. They provide opportunities to share information on topics and issues of importance. They also develop networking and mentorship opportunities, and give back to the local community. The Women’s Council organizes events like the International Women’s Day Luncheon, Athena Panel Luncheon®, and partners on events like the Empower Leadership Conference and the Wyoming Valley Connect Spotlight Women’s Entrepreneurial Series.
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Young Professionals Council
The Young Professionals Council encourages, assists and champions young professionals in the Greater Wilkes-Barre area. The group aims to help young professionals improve their careers, develop their leadership abilities, build their professional networks, and give back to the community. The Young Professionals Council plans events like the Young Professionals Awards, the Annual Kickball Tournament, and the Pins for Nonprofits bowling event.
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Nonprofit Council
The Nonprofit Council was established in 2021 with the goal of bringing together nonprofit leaders in our community. Their mission is simple — to solve regional issues and to provide resources to other nonprofits to help them better meet their missions in the area.
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Council
The Government Affairs Council advocates for local businesses in local, state and federal legislative efforts. They review existing and pending legislation at all levels and recommend both policy and formal positions to the Chamber of Commerce Board. The Government Affairs Council also conducts an Annual Legislative Survey. And they host the Annual Legislative Breakfast, as well as a variety of forums and educational activities on pertinent issues.
The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber’s Ambassadors Council
The Ambassador’s Council works to increase local awareness of Chamber programs and services. The council regularly visits new members and local companies to provide information on Chamber programs and services and to keep vigilant on changing community needs. They also welcome new Chamber members and act as a liaison at Chamber events. Additionally, the Ambassadors Council works to support events and program promotion on social media.
If you would like to join one of the councils mentioned above, or sign up to stay updated on their news and events, visit the Wyoming Valley Chamber of Commerce.
You can also check back here for monthly updates! Stay in the know about what’s new and what’s coming up for our various councils. Follow The Greater Wyoming Valley Chamber guest blog on DiscoverNEPA.