The Lower Bucks Chamber of Commerce will honor Carolyn Pachas from the YWCA with the Champion Quality of Life Award when it holds its 2019 Champions of Commerce Awards event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Parx Casino Racetrack in Bensalem.
Each year, the Lower Bucks Chamber recognizes eight exceptional individuals, businesses or organizations to receive their signature 2019 Champions of Commerce Awards.
The Chamber’s Selection Committee, including some of the area’s most accomplished business professionals, receives many nominations in all eight categories of those who exemplify “Making a Difference Where We Work, Live and learn.”
Pachas exemplifies dedication on making a difference in the community by helping the needy through her efforts in networking and fundraising events. She heads the Resource Development department, and has served at the YWCA Bucks County for 13 years.
In 2006 Pachas was hired to work as a Family Center Coordinator for the YWCA Bucks County. She traded her real estate profession for one of service in Bucks County.
Before long Pachas saw the needs of the population and started providing Financial Literacy, ESL classes, and Parenting. She also provided events to create an environment of appreciation for those she served.
Three years later, a food bank was opened at the Family Center, with Pachas overseeing its reports, inventory, and training of staff and volunteers.
In 2018 she graduated with honors from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Communications and Emerging Media.
She teaches twice a week ESL at Bucks County Community College in Newtown. In late 2018 she was given a position as a Resource Developer and Events Coordinator.
Today, Pachas brings newer methods of fundraising and events, creates and edits the weekly Empowerment Podcast and Television for YWCA, which can be seen in social media, and its website.
As the face of YWCA Bucks County, she is an example of determination, leadership, and fomentation of partnerships with businesses and organizations. In a short period of time, she has been able to spread the word about the YWCA and ensure the organization’s success.