Mission Statement: The Ocean Community Chamber Foundation, Inc. exists for charitable and educational purposes, and specifically for the purpose of assisting in the economic development and tourism promotion of the community and the revitalization of historic downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck and the greater region that we serve. Our efforts and contributions have included Stonington CT, and Richmond, Hopkinton, Charlestown, and Westerly, RI.
Execution of Our Mission: Ocean Community Chamber Foundation, Inc. is active with historic, civic, arts/cultural, public safety and economic development projects, and any other endeavors as may be approved from time to time by the Board of Directors. The Foundation is designed to develop and sponsor community improvement projects, educational programs regarding the history, strengths, weaknesses, problems, and potential and current issues pertaining to the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck region, and particularly the historic downtown. We collaborate with other organizations, public and private, to produce and promote projects and special events that enhance tourism and contribute to the economic vitality of the community.
Samples of Past Disaster Response Efforts by the OCCF
2010 Jump Start Small Business Recovery Program - The OCCF launched an extensive campaign to aid businesses that were devastated by the Flood of 2010. In 4 weeks, over $64,000 was raised through fundraising. Funds from the OCCF, the Town of Westerly, Town of Stonington, private businesses, and residents were contributed. OCCF Board members acted as celebrity bartenders donating their tips, held yard sales, and conducted other activities to raise funds. 100% of all proceeds were donated as grants, not loans, to the flood victim businesses.
2012 "Bring Back the Beach" Campaign - Launched as part of the Jump Start Small Business Recovery Program. In 6 months, we raised $420,000 and gave 100% of it to the businesses in Misquamicut as recovery grants, not loans. Many credit these funds for keeping them afloat and being able to rebuild in time for Memorial Day 2013. A member of the Westerly Town Council and a member of SCORE served on the Administration Oversight Team to review grant applications and make determination of grant awards. This significant and effective community response was featured as an "Exemplary Model" at the New England Area Chamber of Commerce Executives annual conference, alongside with a Chamber from NYC that dealt with the aftermath of 9/11.