Charlotte County Young Professionals (CCYP) is an interactive organization of committed and talented professionals in the age range of 21-40, who are proven to be active in the Charlotte County area. Starting in 2005, this association has worked to expand Charlotte County’s future success and has made a massive impact! These goal-oriented workers provide their fellow members with development on a professional level, involving them in philanthropic actions, creating awareness of community issues, and influencing them to shape Charlotte County to the best it can be.
CCYP’s main vision is to network throughout the community, and do so through their countless events! Every month, CCYP holds evening meetings and “Meet and Eat” lunches. Evening meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at a local venue for appetizers and networking starting at 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m. The meeting usually includes an informative speaker, club business and/or an activity. Current members and potential members are more than welcome, and no RSVP is needed! “Meet and Eat” lunches are held on the second Tuesday of each month at various locations, usually offering a presentation from a guest speaker and allowing representatives from several businesses to communicate! Many members and new comers have found these networking events to be extremely beneficial for their business and customer outreach!
Through their philanthropic ideals, CCYP is able to give a monetary donation each year to the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center for a total of $500. In addition, they also are extremely involved throughout the year with volunteer events and work such as building homes for Habitat for Humanity. By involving these young professionals, CCYP creates and cultivates future leaders in the process. They strive to foster economic development in Charlotte County as they work to keep professionals in our community.
CCYP is filled with executive board members who make everything happen. The 2011-2012 board members include; President-Michael Neufeld, Vice President- Matthew Chase, Treasurer- Francine Lisby, Secretary- Liz, Evening Meeting Coordinator- Aaron Olson, Lunch Meeting Coordinator- James Coalwell, Membership Coordinator- Erin McCormick, Sponsorships Coordinator- Kristin Merchant, Volunteer Coordinator- Eve Sweeting, Public Relations Coordinator- Jessica Boles, and Special Events Coordinator- Stacy Calvino. Past and present Board members generously donate their personal time, assets, ingenuity and talent in making this organization what it is today.
Not only does the organization network and participate in their community but they are also all about a fun time! Special events are hosted each year for all members and guests including; theme parties, wine tastings, boat tours, holiday events, canoeing, paint balling, bowling, camping, and much more! If you are interested in being a Charlotte County Young Professional and gain membership for your business or organization, visit the homepage, http://www.ccyp.info/menu/home. Get in on the fun and be involved in our great county!