The local Business Network International (BNI) chapter recently gave back to the community with a $3,850 charitable donation to Crosswind Ministry.
"The philosophy of the chapter is the giver gains," said incoming chapter president Lesley Raines. "BNI is not about how much money you are going to make today."
Crosswind is set to use the donation to help students who have fallen behind in their studies.
"The money will be used as scholarships to help those students of the families we serve catch up and get back on their grade level," said Crosswind Executive Director Bobby Capps. "BNI is investing in local charities evidenced by their significant donation to Crosswind."
The local chapter will turn one in November and currently has 28 members.
"The group has changed the lives of a lot folks," said chapter president Steven Eaton. "Our goal is to help others in the community."
BNI, the largest business networking organization in the world, offers members the opportunity to build its business through personal referrals.
The network was started by Dr. Ivan Misner in 1985. The founder and chairman of the company is considered one of the world's leading experts on business networking, according to CNN and Entrepreneur magazine.
Corinth's chapter meets every Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. at Crosswind.
"We welcome new members to come see what BNI is all about," said Eaton.
Crosswind is a nonprofit 501c3 outreach ministry helping marginalized and hurting people meet practical needs through relationship-based care.
Crosswind touches the physical and spiritual needs of people from all walks of life through its multiple ministries.
"Crosswind stabilizes families who have fallen apart," said Capps. "We then put them back together."
That's something BNI wants to be a part of.
"Crosswind lets us meet here and charges us absolutely nothing for using their building," said Eaton. "They do it to help us grow."
"Donating to them just felt like the thing to do," added Raines.
For more information about the Corinth BNI Chapter contact Steven Eaton 662-415-9427 or Lesley Raines 662-808-1414.