A Chamber is intricately tied to its community. Our star summer concert series, Friday Night Live!, celebrates the draw of community, as people of all ages gather on the Town Green on summer evenings to enjoy music and camaraderie. In fourteen years, the Chamber has been able to donate well over $100,000 to Herndon High, Herndon elementary schools, the Optimists and other community organizations.
There are times when the Chamber serves to address community sorrows as well. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Town asked the Chamber to help keep community unity in place. Within five days of that awful day, the Chamber staged a community gathering on the lawn of the Old Town Hall. Over 1,000 people came, the Boy Scouts raised $11,000 in ten minutes for the victims and their families, and the first plane seen in the skies for several days shot overhead as Simon and Garfunkel sang "Sail on Silver Girl."
The Chamber continues to be a stakeholder in the communities it serves, from the Christmas Tree Lighting each December to participation in the Herndon Festival with its Business Expo and its participation with the Herndon Downtown Alliance, a group it started years ago. It also acts as a home and mentor to over fifty non-profit groups, affording them access to businesses and staging a non-profit expo each fall.