ADKYP brings together nonprofits for 'speed networking'

The idea worked. Organizations like the Ausable Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity International were among the nonprofits who participated, sharing information about their missions with others.

Jim Davis, one of the chapter's representatives, said he reported to his board of directors the event was "very well worthwhile."

"If we were to establish a good working relationship with one or more of these fine young people, we might eventually ask them to serve with us on the board in the decision-making process," Davis said.

Amy Baker, external affairs coordinator with Northern Adirondack Planned Parenthood, said what was even more beneficial for her was the number of social connections she was able to make through the event. After moving away from the area more than eight years ago and having recently returned, the speed networking event gave her the chance to meet many new people and get reacquainted with a few familiar faces.

"It was really nice to meet everyone on a personal level," said Baker. "I really enjoyed it and feel like I met a lot of really great people."

The personal and professional benefits of the event were exactly what was hoped for, said Keri Mack, secretary of the ADKYP board of directors.

"We've received a lot of positive feedback from the event and I keep hearing in the community how everyone thought it went well," said Mack. "I think it was definitely a way to help [the nonprofits] to find volunteers and let more people know about their organizations."

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