QUINCY — The Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce has a staff of three — four including a job opening — so volunteers allow it to spread its reach in the community.
It's something Executive Director Latonya Brock does not forget.
“There's a saying, 'Volunteers don't necessarily have time. They just have hearts,' ” Brock said. “I'd like to thank our volunteers for having the heart to serve our Quincy area community.”
The chamber hosted its Volunteer Appreciation Celebration Wednesday at the Oakley-Lindsay Center to thank volunteers. It's something Brock hopes may become an annual event.
With the various boards and ambassadors, more than 100 people volunteer through the chamber.
“Without our volunteers, we certainly would not be as strong of an entity or organization as we are,” Brock said. “They're the frontline. They do a lot of work alongside of us and help us to continue to serve our 680-plus membership base.”
The appreciation event also featured one of the chamber's newest groups, YP Quincy, which came under the chamber's umbrella July 1.
“They've done some great things in the past, so we're excited about growing and making it even greater,” Brock said.
LeeAnn Homberger previously served as a board member on YP Quincy and now serves on its advisory committee. The organization helped her stay in Quincy.
“I met so many friends through it, and it actually led to several job opportunities,” Homberger said. “It's helped me grow a lot as a person.”
YP Quincy offers various social, professional and volunteer opportunities to its members.
Homberger enjoyed Meet the CEO events, during which members would get together with an area business leader to learn how he or she had achieved their position and to gain some career advice.
“Those were very rewarding, and I've never heard of another organization that offers an event like that,” she said.
Brock said she is reaching out to area businesses asking them to have their young professionals join the organization.
“That group falls under diversity and inclusion, which is also one of the chamber's initiatives,” Brock said. “The YP group is a group we certainly want to retain and we also want to develop. We want to continue to keep them in our community and provide some retention for employers.”