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TCCE/TAB Adopt a Chamber/Community
Disaster Recovery Initiative

Background

Hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast on August 25.  The hurricane along, with the subsequent tropical storm, caused severe damage from wind and flooding to a significant portion of the southeastern part of the state.  Nearly 60 Texas counties were impacted, which includes hundreds of cities/communities and chambers of commerce.  The heartbeats of these local economies are the businesses that serve them and their chambers of commerce, which work on their behalf each day.

Initiative

In response to this disaster, which has been called by many experts a “thousand-year event,” Texas chambers and the business community will lock arms to come to the aid of our friends and neighbors, with the goal of assisting them in restoring what has been lost.  The “Adopt A Chamber/Community” is an initiative being led by a partnership of the Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE), the state association of chamber professionals, and the Texas Association of Business (TAB), the state chamber of commerce.  The initiative is designed to help chambers and their communities get back to business long-term and stronger than ever.

Through the initiative, we will identify the needs of chambers and their communities, collect funds and engage community partners and local businesses to assist in meeting many of the needs expressed by our “adopted” chambers/communities in the impacted areas.

Here is how you can help:

Adopt A Chamber/Community

In the “Adopt a Chamber/Community” program, your chamber will serve as the adopting chamber and will be paired with a chamber in need of assistance. Your goal will be to come alongside the chamber and assist it for a longer term through giving and coordination of resources.

Consider doing one or more of the following:

  • Join and encourage your entire membership to join the adopted chamber at the minimum dues or $150 (whichever is greater).
  • Host a special event (or set aside a portion of an event) to raise dollars for your adopted chamber based on their needs.
  • After discussion with the “adopted” chamber CEO and based on the chamber’s needs, organize a supply drive.
  • Share the adopted communities’ needs with your members and identify B2B connections for services, etc. (Also, share needs with TAB/TCCE for possible matches as a list of available items, services, etc. are being maintained)
  • Along with sharing needs with business, engage and encourage other community partners (school district, city, local non-profits, etc.) to join the effort and contribute time, talent and resources.
  • Partner with your adopted chamber throughout the next year.

To begin, contact:

RaDonna Hessel, CEO, Grapevine Chamber/TCCE Chair
radonna@grapevinechamber.org
(817) 481-1522

TCCE/TAB are currently cataloguing the needs of chambers and businesses in the impacted areas to have a more comprehensive view of needs and to assist in proper resource allocation.  This activity will continue as needs will change/develop over time.

Thank you for your consideration and, in advance, for your participation.  Together, we will serve our chamber colleagues and their communities and help propel them on their paths to success.  We are CHAMBER STRONG! And, as a community and extended family, we will take care of each other.     

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