Volunteer Call to Action: Growing AchieveHERs Group Hosts Forum to Build Local Influence

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Heading into just its second year, AchieveHERs has already made its mark. The proof was in the group’s inaugural Volunteer Call to Action where 40 women - of all ages and from big business to burgeoning entrepreneurs - showed up to volunteer their time and talents to AchieveHERs.

AchieveHERs hosted aVolunteer Call to Action where 40 women showed up to dedicate their time and talents to AchieveHERs.

As someone who works in a male-dominated field, it’s been a blessing to talk and troubleshoot with area businesswomen who have been through the same challenges I’m facing in my career.

The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce’s professional women’s group, the AchieveHERs, has been experiencing steadfast growth – so much so that the group held a volunteer call to action in late January where 40 women convened to dedicate their time and talents to the organization in the areas of administration, event planning, promotion and marketing, sponsorship and finance and recruitment.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the nearly 8 billion hours that Americans volunteered in 2011 were worth over $170 billion. And more recent data from the Labor Department shows that women continued a long-standing trend of volunteering more than men— with nearly 30 percent of women volunteering in their free time. (1)

Members of AchieveHERs present at the event represented all sizes and types of businesses – representatives from local large businesses SmartSat and Clearwater Gas were present, as well as small business entrepreneurs like Shop Fresh Threads and Decker Ross Interiors. For Brigitta Johnson, Assistant Director of Public Relations at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the forum allowed for a frank discussion amongst like-minded women.

“As someone who works in a male-dominated field, it’s been a blessing to talk and troubleshoot with area businesswomen who have been through the same challenges I’m facing in my career. It’s something I am proud to be a part of, you know, hopefully helping give back to the next generation of professional woman,” commented Johnson.

The meeting was held at JoTo PR offices, a national public relations agency based in downtown Clearwater, Florida. JoTo’s CEO Karla Jo Helms is the current Chair of AchieveHERs and maintains that the group’s growing leadership is a boon to Tampa Bay businesswomen.

For more information about the AchieveHERs, or to sign up for updates and upcoming event information, please visit http://www.achievehers.org or call 727-461-0011.

For more info on the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce, visit http://www.clearwaterflorida.org.

About AchieveHERs:

To meet the demand of businesswomen in the Clearwater region, AchieveHERs was established under the auspices of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce to be a regional leader providing camaraderie, support, networking opportunities and valuable new insights to women in business. AchieveHERs will provide impactful quarterly events that share insight, ideas, skills and success stories to ultimately help women overcome obstacles to their success. AchieveHERs is open to both established women in business and those aspiring to lead. For more information or to inquire about membership or attend events, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AchieveHers or their website at http://www.achievehers.org.

1.    Kurtzleben, Danielle. "CHARTS: New Data Show Women, More Educated Doing Most Volunteering." U.S.News & World Report, 27 Feb. 2013. Web. 5 Mar. 2015. usnews.com/news/articles/2013/02/27/charts-new-data-show-women-more-educated-doing-most-volunteering.

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