Did you know that the Greater Boerne Chamber member roster of over 900 includes 110 non-profit organizations? That’s a large portion of the membership. And those organizations are centered around health, nutrition, art, seniors, foster children, trafficked youth, infants, trauma, life-threatening injuries, and pets – just to name a few. Because of the tremendous needs for services, support and recognition, the Chamber has a Non-Profit Council chaired by Staci Almager, Executive Director of Hill Country Family Services. Along with President and CEO of the Greater Boerne Chamber, Kim Blohm, these women have created a network to educate, advocate and connect the community, businesses and the organizations in need of assistance.
Several directors from the non-profits make up the Council and meet on a monthly basis for networking and sharing ideas to assist the organizations. Collaboration is the key to the success of the Council. Collaboration of resources and services are discussed and implemented as needed for the greater good of the community and its citizens. Kim stated that Staci’s guidance has been invaluable to her as she learned the nature of the many non-profits in Boerne and how to connect them to resources and education.
During the COVID months of 2020, a variety of resources were needed and so many pitched in to serve the others. The community and businesses also took the lead in providing goods and services as the grocery shelves thinned out and many were house-bound. Many called on the Chamber to assist them and the Chamber staff was able to provide information to fulfill the needs.
During the freezing days in 2021, Kim and Staci held multiple conversations a day to connect hotels with business owners and staff who needed to stay close to Boerne. For instance, the Hampton Inn housed HEB employees for the duration. The women coordinated services of the utility company and had others provide groceries and staples. They spearheaded continual activities and shared resources so that as many businesses and citizens were supplied with the essentials to make it through those days.
Boerne is known for the generous nature of its citizens, businesses and non-profits. We can count on the continued support of the Chamber to advocate, educate and connect, thanks to the untiring, resourceful Kim Blohm. We can also count on the amazing leadership of Staci Almager to provide resources and guidance to the non-profit community and how businesses can assist.
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