Chamber gives back

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press

Like many organizations, the Prosper Chamber of Commerce typically hosts a holiday party at the end of the year.  Because of COVID-19, organizations are opting to cancel the party for this year because of safety concerns, and the Chamber of Commerce made this choice as well.  However, the Chamber made the decision to host a Sweatshirt and Sherpa Drive for a local non-profit, despite not being able to gather and celebrate the holidays together.  

Kenneth Duggar is the acting chairperson of the Prosper Chamber of Commerce board. 

“We normally hold a coat drive for Cornerstone in conjunction with our Christmas party,” Duggar said.  “Unfortunately we are not able to have our Christmas party because of COVID, but we wanted to continue to support our community.  The businesses in our chamber are contributing to the drive, but we welcome support from anyone in the community.  The sweatshirts can be dropped off at Town Hall through December 8th.”  All sizes from toddler through adult XL are appreciated. 

The Prosper Chamber of Commerce collected sweatshirts and sherpas for Cornerstone NCT.  According to the website, this non-profit organization provides “financial assistance, job placement, mentoring, coaching, and budget accountability to help neighbors create a lifetime of change.”  This organization assists people in Collin County with paying bills, budgeting, and financial guidance.  As part of this service, Cornerstone provides warm, comfortable sweatshirts from 354 children in need.  

While the chamber has met through Zoom throughout this year, this has not stopped the organization from supporting the community of Prosper.  In June, the Prosper Chamber of Commerce worked with the Town of Prosper and local businesses and individuals to raise close to $100,000 to help local families who were struggling because of COVID-19.  The Chamber also is involved in the community, with members participating in local events such as parks and recreation classes and fundraisers for breast cancer awareness. 

“We will have a State of Community meeting on January 21st, 2021,”  Duggar said.  “We will be revealing our goals for 2021 as well as some exciting changes for the next year.  We will continue to follow our mission statement, seeking to build a stronger economy, and a better business community.  We support local businesses by encouraging our members to promote businesses in Prosper.  We want people to shop locally first.  We want local businesses to know about the services each provides, network, and support each other.  That way we can build a stronger economy here in the Town of Prosper.”  

More information about the Prosper Chamber of Commerce can be found on the group’s Facebook page or on Twitter at @ProsperTXChamber