Foundation

The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation is a 501c3 that played an active role in relief efforts following the 2016 West Virginia floods. In the immediate aftermath of the flood, the Chamber Foundation provided critical relief supplies to the Elk River area in West Virginia, and served over 1,200 hot meals to flood victims and relief workers.

Once immediate needs were met, the West Virginia Chamber Foundation shifted toward a long-term recovery approach. Individuals who experienced losses in the flood were able to receive financial assistance from agencies such as FEMA, but many small business owners only had the option to take our loans, with interest, in order to reopen. The Chamber Foundation stepped in to fill this void and awarded over $300,000 in mini-grants to small businesses in West Virginia to help them reopen their doors to commerce.

The West Virginia Chamber Foundation also partnered with RISE WV, an initiative of the Governor’s Office, to help provide further assistance to help businesses re-open.