GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.
An online platform gives local businesses the opportunity to make change in their community. Chamber For Good is a nationwide program that has officially launched in the Grand Valley.
A small community can achieve great things when they come together. Within the first 48 hours, one nonprofit already received a donation.
Diane Schwenke, president and CEO of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, said, "Just one more venue that they can use to get their message out about the needs that they have."
Lindy Hodges, acquisitions manager at Habitat ReStore, said, "As soon as someone decides that we're the organization that they want to go with, they just click a button, and they send us an email and we give them a call back. It is that easy, it really is that easy.'"
The site gives businesses a simple way to connect with nonprofits.
"Both in terms of financial support as well as volunteer base, so just making it easier for those two groups to come together," said Schwenke.
The program will be extremely helpful for groups like Habitat for Humanity, who immediately stepped on board for the program.
Hodges showed NewsChannel 5 the next house one of their clients will be living in, "What needs to be changed is we need to add at least another half bath. Luckily in this house it's already plumbed for that."
Known for building homes, the organization also rehabs older habitat houses, "When the construction begins on this house or on our D Road site, we can post a volunteer need on the website. Habitat lives off of our community, without them, we wouldn't be able to do any of this," said Hodges.
The program doesn't just benefit the nonprofits.
"It makes good business sense. Providing generous support to whatever that charity might be, that provides goodwill and can potentially lead to more customers becoming aware of your business and actually patronizing your business," said Schwenke.
"What a cool way for the community to support itself," said Hodges.
The program is already connecting new corners of the community, one click at a time.
To participate in this program you do not have to be a member of the chamber. There is no cost to get your nonprofit on the site, but they do check for 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status.
To visit the site, click here