Posted by: audreybenenati | April 15, 2010

Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce stresses role of not-profits in community

Dispatch Staff Writer

Photo by JOHN HAEGER Thomas Murray, assistant director of the Oneida Public Library, gives an overview of the library during the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Kallet Civic Center on Wednesday.

ONEIDA — The vital relationship between area businesses and not-profits was promoted and showcased at the Greater Oneida Chamber of Commerce’s membership luncheon at the Kallet Wednesday….

Debbie Cassidy, employee assistant coordinator for BRiDGES, spoke on the 16-year-old organization that was formed because people were concerned about drug and alcohol use.

The organization has since carried on a mission of improving the quality of life through advocacy and service to the community.

BRiDGES provides information, referrals and assessments for a variety of services relating to drug and alcohol use. They also support a employee assistance program that goes beyond drugs and alcohol to help employers and managers deal with employees with relating issues.

A smoking cessation program is offered along with support for different organizations to promote a smoke-free environment through workplace policies….

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