Chamber’s Nonprofit Council marks moments of success during first year

Business News is sponsored by Blue Ridge Bank:

LURAY, Jan. 29 — In September 2022, the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce formed the Nonprofit Council — a group consisting of area nonprofits gathering together with the purpose to “Make a Difference in Page County.”

With a focus of promoting sustainability and growth of nonprofit services and strengthening the community’s quality of life through working together and an understanding of each organization, the group has allowed nonprofits to meet bi-monthly to identify needs, discuss approaches to strengthen current systems and approaches to services, and see how each organization can best come together to continue to meet the growing need of our community.

In just the short year that the council has been gathering information, they have been able to celebrate many accomplishments. They have used their group to better network various organizations working around food assistance, housing, and transportation and build collaborative groups meeting specifically to address these issues and offer more streamlined support in these areas.

The council has also been able to introduce the organizations to a free, integrated database that will streamline the referral process among organizations, saving time and creating more efficiency to support the needs of clients, all while protecting confidentiality.

The Nonprofit Council was also instrumental in the development of a Community Resource Coordinator position, [filled by Taylor Alger. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, “Page Valley Livin'” will visit with Alger to discuss her new role and the lessons learned along the way.]

Recognizing the position was needed to coordinate efforts of various groups in the community, the council advocated for and implemented the coordination of the position now funded through a partnership between Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA), Page Free Clinic, Living Legacy (The Rec), and the Page County Sheriff’s Office JMAT Program. The position focuses on working with nonprofits across the county to fill gaps, establish partnerships, and ensure those needing services know where to go and how to get the support they need.

The Nonprofit Council invites all surrounding nonprofits to participate, in hopes of building collaboration and opportunities that will positively impact the well-being of residents in Page County.

The group typically meets on the first Wednesday of every other month, though the next meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the Luray-Page Chamber of Commerce Boardroom.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, reach out to Gina Hilliard, President of the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce, at gina.hilliard@luraypage.com

or call (540) 743-3915.

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