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Massena Chamber of Commerce fundraising for three initiatives


Massena Chamber of Commerce fundraising for three initiatives

MASSENA — Greater Massena Chamber of Commerce officials are moving ahead with fund drives, seeking donations for three separate projects.They are currently raising funds to purchase holiday decorations and provide manpower for that initiative. They’re also fundraising to convert the chamber’s basement into a business incubator and to support and potentially expand the annual scholarships they provide.As of Wednesday, six supporters had contributed $245 toward the holiday decorations. The goal is $5,000, with approximately 320 days remaining in the fundraiser.“We figured we might as well start now. By the time the holidays come this year, we’ll have a good base. A lot of times, it’s like a month prior. We’ll do our best,” Executive Director Nathan Lashomb said.He said he started the fundraiser after concern was raised on social media this past season about the lack of decorations in Massena.The chamber, with the assistance of the Massena Electric Department, does put up snowflake decorations on downtown poles. Those were purchased by the chamber and are stored at its office.Other decorations used in the past, however, are in the basement of the Sunrise Mall, which has been inaccessible because of asbestos. But, Mr. Lashomb said, he recently met with the owners of the building, who said he could enter it to retrieve the decorations. The chamber also hopes to raise $10,000 to convert the basement of its Church Street building into a business incubator with multiple office spaces. That would provide a place for more new businesses to start, as well as backup for businesses whose storefronts are under construction or damaged by a natural disaster.The chamber’s other fundraiser is for $500 to support a student in the Massena Central School District who’s going into a business-related field or did volunteer work for the chamber or the community.“We’ve done the scholarship for years. It always just came out of the general fund. It was never something that had its own fundraising,” Mr. Lashomb said.He said the chamber would like to expand the scholarship to another district, such as St. Lawrence Central School.Information about the chamber’s fundraisers can be found on its website at https://www.massenachamber.com/fundraisers.
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Massena Chamber of Commerce fundraising for three initiatives

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