The Greenville Chamber of Commerce took time Friday afternoon to demonstrate how Hunt County’s service agencies benefit the community.
The Chamber’s first Quarterly Membership Luncheon of the year featured the “Non-Profit Spotlight” and included a focus on several area organizations offering information on what they represent and support, including Greenville Family Theater, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Greenville, Hunt County Kids and the Hunt Regional Healthcare Foundation.
The Chamber also announced Hunt County Shared Ministries, also known as FISH, was the 2019 Non-Profit of the Year and received e Chamber’s 501 C3 funds raised during the annual auction.
FISH Executive Director Wally Jeffers said the $3,000 award will help supplement the agency’s Meals for At Risk Kids, or M.A.R. K. program.
Chamber President and CEO Byron Taylor said there are approximately 60 non-profit agencies from across Hunt County which are Chamber affiliates and which have the option to apply for the funds on an annual basis.
“The way I see it, we are rich in people who care,” Taylor said.
There are certain requirements which each agency must observe in order to qualify for the funding. The funds cannot be used for operations, but must be used for a program that benefits the community.
CASA for Hunt County was chosen by a committee of the Chamber’s executive board as the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year.
In 2017, the Raffa Clinic was chosen by a committee of the Chamber’s executive board to receive the funds, and the Hunt County Children’s Advocacy Center was the recipient of the inaugural Non-Profit of the Year award in 2016.
Lunch for the event was provided by Panera Bread.