Don’t Wait Until April


By CCGM Executive Director Jo Schmeiser

Usually when people say, “Don’t wait until April”, the first thing that comes to mind is to get my taxes done, however working at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford sends my thought process in a slightly different direction.

April is National Volunteer Month; however at the CCGM we celebrate our volunteers every day. After all if it weren’t for so many volunteers donating their time and effort, the chamber wouldn’t be as successful as it is today.

Members and friends of the chamber volunteer their time doing everything from telemarketing to taxes. The opportunities to volunteer with the chamber are endless.
Members serve on the Board of Directors and Executive Board, which meet monthly, and helps sell golf classic ball drop balls and duck dash ducks, as well as volunteer their time on at least one other chamber committee.

We have a Power Breakfast Coordinator who makes sure guest speakers are set each month, and makes sure breakfast attendees are fed. The Ambassador Committee is a specially chosen group that supports the chambers efforts to increase membership & retain members by reminding members of the many chamber benefits.

There are several chamber events that need volunteers, including the Awards Dinner, Golf Classic, Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival and the Holiday Auction & Tastes of Milford.
The chamber is working on a new event this year, “Girls Night Out”, expected to take place in the spring. Like all other chamber events, the goal for this one is to have a lot of fun, while providing a service to chamber members and the community.

If you’re a current member of the CCGM and would like to serve on the Membership Committee, the Donation/Contribution Committee or the Legislative Affairs Committee, opportunity is knocking. Chamber events and programs offer a variety of volunteer opportunities that can fit your interests and lifestyle. Volunteering allows you to give back to the community while meeting people who have the same interests, who could become a friend and/or customer.

There are over forty non-profit organizations that are members of the chamber that are always looking for volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities for children, chamber members and retired senior citizens. If you or anyone you know is interested in volunteering with the chamber, or any local organization, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford at 422.3344, or email
Volunteering is a wonderful way to show your support, and you surely don’t have to wait until April to get going.