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The power of volunteerism in Charlotte County

March 18, 2024

In the heart of Charlotte County beats a spirit of volunteerism that strengthens our community’s fabric, enriching lives and fostering connections that transcend boundaries. As the president of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, I am privileged to witness firsthand the profound impact of volunteerism on our region’s prosperity and well-being.

Volunteerism is not merely an act of charity; it is a catalyst for positive change, driving social cohesion and economic growth. Through my engagements as a past or current board member of various esteemed organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Charlotte County, the Charlotte-DeSoto Building Industry Association, and the Punta Gorda Housing Authority, I have witnessed the transformative power of volunteer efforts.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Charlotte County exemplify the essence of community empowerment. By providing a safe haven for our youth and offering educational and recreational opportunities, the organization nurtures future leaders while instilling values of responsibility and compassion. As a board member, I am honored to contribute to initiatives that uplift and inspire our youth, paving the way for a brighter tomorrow.

Similarly, my involvement with the Charlotte Desoto Building Industry Association underscores the vital role of volunteerism in driving economic prosperity. By collaborating with industry professionals and local stakeholders, we work towards sustainable development and infrastructure enhancement, creating jobs and fostering innovation. Through collective action and dedication, we strive to build a vibrant and resilient community where businesses thrive, and residents prosper.

Furthermore, serving on the Punta Gorda Housing Authority allows me to advocate for initiatives that promote affordable housing and community development. By addressing housing needs and supporting vulnerable populations, we strengthen the foundation of our community and ensure that all residents have access to safe and dignified housing. Volunteerism becomes a catalyst for social equity, empowering individuals and families to build brighter futures.

As we celebrate the spirit of volunteerism in Charlotte County, let us recognize the tireless efforts of individuals and organizations dedicated to making a difference. Whether through mentorship programs, environmental conservation efforts, or community outreach initiatives, every act of volunteerism contributes to the greater good, enriching lives and strengthening our bonds.

In conclusion, volunteerism is the cornerstone of our community’s resilience and vitality. As President of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce, I am committed to fostering a culture of service and collaboration, where every individual has the opportunity to contribute towards a brighter, more prosperous future for Charlotte County. Together, let us continue to harness the power of volunteerism to build a stronger, more inclusive community for generations to come.


Chamber activities

Third Wednesday Coffee (member event): 8–9 a.m., Wednesday, March 20 (LOCATION CHANGE) Realtor Association Building, 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. Coffee sponsor: Suncoast One Title & Closings. Program: State of the County Address, presented by Charlotte County Administrator Hector Flores and Charlotte County Economic Development Director Dave Gammon. You don’t want to miss this very informative presentation of what’s happening and developing in our community.

Coffee & Chat (member event): 9–10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 21, 3320 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte. Topic: Master of Networking, presented by Frank Menard, seasoned coach and speaker. Get an interactive class focused on personal networking skills, key strategies, avoiding disconnects, and building quality relationships.

Business Card Exchange (member event): 5–7 p.m., Thursday, March 28 at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maude St., Punta Gorda. Appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks will be provided. Fun and games of course. Bring a gift to promote your business. Don’t forget your business cards.

Registration is requested for all events. To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.

Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon cuttings are an effective way to meet the business owners (and fellow chamber members) in an informal atmosphere and develop great connections. Plus, you get familiar with their products and services provided. Please take the time to show your support and attend our ribbon cuttings!

Registration is requested for all events. To RSVP, visit or call the chamber office at 941-627-2222.

Metropolitan Solutions (new member): 4:30–6:30 p.m. (ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m.), Tuesday, March 19 at 16830 Canopy Garden Dr., Port Charlotte. Finger food and refreshments will be provided. This will be a dual ribbon-cutting with our friends from the North Port Chamber.

Special events

1st Annual Leadership Charlotte Alumni Reunion (Leadership Charlotte alumni only): 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 21 at TT’s Tiki Bar. All Leadership Charlotte alumni (and a guest) are invited to our 1st Annual LC Alumni Reunion Event! Networking, camaraderie, and a little friendly competition. Heavy appetizers and cash bar will be available. We are asking our alumni to bring two canned goods for donation. There will be bragging rights for the color with the highest stack of cans.

Yell your color from the rooftops by becoming a sponsor. We are looking for six $500 sponsors. We will recognize your business, logo, color and year graduated: GO RED — GO BLUE — GO YELLOW — GO GREEN. Registration is required. Visit

Nick Worden is president of the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce