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  • Welcome to the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce!

  • Members In Action

    Sunshine Village to Invites You to an Art Exhibit... Collections Created by Artists with Distinct Abilities

    Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
    Preview: 1:00-3:00pm
    Showing: 4:00-6:00pm

    Location: Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street
    RSVP: 413-592-6142

    Sunshine Village supports people with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders who often are better able to express themselves with images than words. Their exhibit will be featured at the library during the months of July and August.


    The Valley Blue Sox will Host Chicopee Night on Thursday, June 30th at 6:35pm

    Join us as the Blue Sox Take on the Vermont Mountaineers at Mackenzie Stadium on Holyoke and help to celebrate our Chamber's home town. 


    Mayor Richard Kos will throw out the first pitch
    Chicopee native Alyssa Vieau will sing the National Anthem
    The Blue Sox will honor our city's youth ball teams

    For tickets or more information, call (413)594-2101 or email jessica@chicopeechamber.org


    American Red Cross to Host Six Flags New England Big E Blood Drive

    Schedule your blood donation today and choose to do something life changing and momentous, not just for you, but for someone else, too! #ChooseYourDay to donate blood and help save a life! All presenting blood donors at this drive will receive a one-day pass to Six Flags New England. 

    Date: Wednesday, July 13th
    Time: Noon- 7pm
    Location: The Better Living Center, The Big E, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA 

    This event is sponsored by Chamber members Six Flags New England, WWLP/TV22, The Big E and 94.7 WMAS.



    On Saturday, August 6th, the 439th Airlift Wing will hold its annual Family Day at Westover Air Reserve Base. Family Day is an opportunity for reservists, during a training weekend, to bring family members to a fun-filled day on base. Not only will they provide over 3,000 reservist and family members with a fun and a food filled day on the Ellipse at Westover, it is also an occasion when the families of deployed reservists can connect with each other for mutual support.

    The Galaxy Community Council provides volunteer manpower to cook and distribute food and beverages to approximately 3,000 attendees. We will take over the jobs necessary to enable as many reservists as possible to spend a relaxing and enjoyable day with their families. The Council also provides the funds for ice cream and prizes for a raffle from which 100% of the proceeds go to the Chief’s Council Scholarship fund.

    Job fulfillment includes:
    Food preparation in the cook tent
    Food preparation and distribution in the serving lines
    Raffle sales & coordination
    Face painters
    Dunk tank helpers
    Game supervisors
    Beverage & ice Cream distribution
    Several floater jobs

    The Family Day volunteer schedule:
    0900 - Arrive at our parking area (near the cooking tent) for coffee and donuts. Event T-shirts will be distributed and assignments will be finalized.
    0930 - GCC Group photo with Wing Commander, Col Jay Jensen
    1000 - Cooking crew starts cooking: MANDATORY FOOD HANDLING INSTRUCTION.
    1100 -1500 - Family Day Activities
    1200 - Ceremonies led by Col Jensen
    1230 -1430 - Food serving
    1500 - Chiefs’ Council Scholarship raffle
    1600 - Time to relax.

    Air Force regulations require that anyone who wants to participate in activities on Westover must pass a background check. If you want to participate in Family Day, you must provide your full name (first, middle, last, sfx), your Social Security Number, date of birth and driver’s license number & state of issue by July 15. Please contact Jess at jessica@chicopeechamber.org if you are interested.


    Holly Chaffee, RN, BSN, MSN who serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Porchlight VNA/Home Care based in Lee and Chicopee was recently elevated to President of the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts’ Board of Directors. Chaffee will help lead the nonprofit trade organization that represents more than 200 home care and home health agencies across the state.

    “Holly’s extensive experience as a nurse and leader of a high-quality home health agency will be an asset to the board and our member agencies,” said Home Care Alliance Executive Director Patricia Kelleher. “Just as Porchlight has gained recognition as a model home health agency, we know that Holly will help do the same for us as an organization.”

    A registered nurse with more than 30 years of experience in healthcare, Chaffee has distinguished herself as an innovator in enhancing the quality of patient care industry-wide. This includes her advocacy and work to set strong clinical standards to address the home care industry’s challenges of lower reimbursements and a lack of state-based oversight. Porchlight is also one of the few agencies in the state that has achieved a five-star quality and patient satisfaction rating from Medicare.

    “After serving as a member and vice president on the Alliance board, I have seen home care grow as a solution for keeping healthcare costs down and keeping people independent where they prefer to be,” said Chaffee. “Even with the many challenges we face, I am excited for the future of in-home care.”