Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County Launches Young Professionals’ Skill-Building Program

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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County is connecting career-ascendant professionals with nonprofits needing advice and guidance.
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The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Montgomery County is bartering young professionals interested sharing their work experience with nonprofits that are shorthanded. The connections are made as part of the chamber’s Business with a Purpose (BWAP) program.

To make the arrangements work the chamber seeks career-savvy individuals under the age of 45 who are willing to donate either time or services to one (or more) of 40 nonprofits.

The targeted services include mentor-style guidance in marketing, finance, professional development, health, and wellness. Volunteers are also disbursed to handle daily tasks, focused projects, or special events.

BWAP targets Gen Z and Millennial participants, hoping to tap into the demographic’s established reputation for volunteerism.

The business rigors of the pandemic especially burnished the altruistic reputation of this slice of the U.S. workforce, an outlook the program hopes to leverage. The success of this donated-time arrangement may also inspire teens who now comprise Generation Alpha, that they may follow suit in giving back as they develop careers and means.

More on BWAP is at the chamber’s website.

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