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Vice President of Diversity Affairs: Nick Harvey Jr., Lenoir County Public Schools
Staff: Laura Lee Sylvester, President
The Diversity Affairs Committee is an extension of the Chamber of Commerce that works to identify and pursue projects that will result in developing and expanding the economic prosperity of diverse businesses within Kinston and Lenoir County.
In 2013, the Chamber’s Lenoir 2020 Committee identified the need for a community lead Human Relations Committee. In 2014, the Chamber, with the help of City and County government, formed the Human Relations Council which acts independently of the Chamber. The appointed group will be responsible for promoting equal opportunity and fair treatment among our residents. As we move forward, the VP of Diversity Affairs with be the liaison between the Council and the Chamber reporting council activities to the Chamber’s Board of Directors. The Chamber Board may also make suggestions or inquires to the Council through the VP of Diversity Affairs.
Important links: Office of Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Institute of Minority Economic Development Resources/Networking Links North Carolina Department of Administration Latin Business Association U.S. Small Business Administration
The NOVEMBER Adult Spelling Bee will take place on Thursday, November 8. It will be here before you know it, so please register your team today.
The best word to describe this video is…community! Thank you to everyone who came together to help those affected by Hurricane Florence in Kinston and Lenoir County! #OneLenoir #KinstonStrong #CAREolinas
Posted by Kinston Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, September 25, 2018
K.A.R.E. Kinston Area Recovery Efforts
Provides coordinated management of the long-term recovery process to residents of Lenoir County, NC.
AMERICAN RED CROSS – VOLUNTEER INTAKE CENTER
Residents of Wayne, Lenoir and Greene counties who are interested in volunteering to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence
In-person: 901 East Ash Street, Goldsboro NC. Daily, 9am – 8pm
Save time and sign up online: http://www.redcross.org/enc
CRISIS CLEAN UP HOTLINE
Disaster relief hotline for Hurricane Florence – over 70 volunteer organizations will be out in the community in the coming weeks to help.
EMERGENCY WORKER REST-STOP
902 Church, Kinston NC
Donate: Accepting food donations to feed first responders on location. To donate funds to hurricane relief, go to http://www.902Church.org, click on the “give” tab and select “Hurricane Relief”
FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY CENTER
800 Greenbriar Road, Kinston NC
Contact: Cassie Canady – 252-933-2936
Will open for disbursements starting Monday, September 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
GREENE COUNTY INTERFAITH VOLUNTEERS
Emergency Food Pantry
412 Kingold Blvd, Snow Hill NC
Donate: Accepting and distributing non-perishable food and cleaning supplies to help those affected by Hurricane Florence.
LENOIR COUNTY SPCA
2455 Rouse Road Extension, Kinston NC
Donate: Accepting donations of dry and canned pet food, blankets, bleach, cleaning supplies, paper towels, and newspapers. http://www.lenoircountySPCA.org
LENOIR/GREENE UNITED WAY
Provides support and resources to those in need in Lenoir and Greene Counties.
Donate to Hurricane Florence Relief: http://www.unitedwayNC.com
Other donations: http://www.LenoirGreeneUnitedWay.org
SOUTHERN LENOIR COUNTY DISASTER RELIEF CENTER
Old Canady’s building by the Kinston Drag Strip
2266 Hwy 11/55
Contact: Justin Barnett 560-7557 Jackson Heights Original Free Will Baptist Church.
“We moved here because we wanted to move to a more friendly, country-like small town,” Rob Gauthier said as he joined the Chamber’s Red Carpet program. Rob and his partner Jim Boggs moved here last month from Wilson to be involved with the development of downtown Kinston. “We found here in our move to Kinston that it has a lot of culture,” Jim said. “It has diversity and a very vibrant downtown.” The Chamber gladly connected Rob and Jim to the Pride of Kinston where they can work with local developers. Pictured from left: Rob Gauthier and Jim Boggs.
“People are so friendly,” Mayo Best said. He, his wife Veronica Best and grandson Levi Best, 6, made the trek from Maryland to Kinston. “Everybody waves 24 hours a day. It is a welcome experience.” Heidi Hilemn moved here from Pinehurst, and she said people are really nice in Kinston. Heidi landed a job shortly after her move. Lisa Weddle moved to Kinston from New Bern. “We are not subdivision people,” Lisa said. “We are happy in Lenoir County.” Andrew Mozingo and his wife Michaela lived in Jones County until their hop and skip over to Lenoir in May. “I’ve been in this area my whole life,” he said. “We bought our first home in Lenoir County.” As the four families posed for photos, they once again agreed that Kinston and Lenoir County are friendly. Pictured from left: Heidi Hilemn from Pinehurst; Lisa Weddle from New Bern; Veronica Best, her grandson Levi Best and husband Mayo Best (front row) from Maryland; Chamber Board Member Patrick Holmes; and Andrew Mozingo from Jones County.
Welcome Jameka Linder-Williams and her husband Cleveland Williams to Kinston! She is a nurse at Signature Healthcare and her husband is the defensive coordinator for North Lenoir High School. She is from Shelby while her husband graduated from NLHS but came back to Lenoir County to coach football! Pictured from left: Chamber President Laura Lee Sylvester and Jameka Linder-Williams.
Tom White and Pastor Dena White have made a difference so far in the field of ministry. Pastor Dena White is the new minister at Westminster United Methodist Church. They are from Norman, NC, and they have both witnessed the friendliness in Kinston. “It struck us how friendly everyone has been to us,” Tom said. Patrick Hewett and his wife Rachel moved from Greenville to Kinston. While he teaches at Craven Community College, Rachel is a counselor at North Lenoir High School. Though they enjoy trying new restaurants they find on Facebook, Patrick and Rachel look to make a difference here in Lenoir County with Rachel’s counseling and their adventures downtown Kinston. Pictured from left: Tom White, Chamber President Laura Lee Sylvester and Patrick Hewett
The Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce has been serving Kinston and Lenoir County since 1911. The Chamber acts as a voice and advocate for the community regarding economic, community and government issues and represents Kinston and Lenoir County as a great place to live, work and play.