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Columbia County Chamber raising funds to build local workforce

Olivia Reich, Communications Mgr. Columbia County Chamber says by late Tuesday afternoon, the Chamber’s Foundation was at 45% of goal.

Every year, nonprofits, such as churches and colleges, solicit donations for Giving Tuesday, but this year, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Foundation wants to raise funds to address the local labor shortage. “We will be accepting Giving Tuesday donations until the end of the week (Friday, Dec. 3),” says Olivia Reich, the Chamber’s Communications Manager. “We are at $2,250, and our goal is $5,000.” That was the total at about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Donations will be used to fund various initiatives designed to connect Columbia County high school students to local job opportunities. These initiatives include the annual Career & College Expo, held in March, and the Student Internship Program, which allows students to gain valuable work experience with local employers. Established in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a global fundraising effort held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to support nonprofit organizations.

For more information or to donate to the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, visit

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