Private Sector

CHAIRED BY Chip Cargas

We believe in using business as a force for good, creating shared success for employees, customers, owners, partners, and community. Working together, we believe we can create equitable and inclusive opportunities for our entire community.

The role of the Private Sector Action Team in combating poverty is to celebrate model companies and encourage businesses to support:

  • Family-Sustaining Jobs - Strive to organize tasks, empower individuals, and share success so that the pay and benefits of the jobs created are family-sustaining.

  • Community-Enhancing Decisions - Look for opportunities to make a positive impact on combating poverty when making business decisions such as hiring, training, purchasing, business location, and local/employee ownership.   

  • Community Organizations - Through employee volunteering, partnering, and financial support, help community benefit organizations working on aspects of combating poverty that are of particular interest to and/or leverage the expertise of the business.



Much of the work of this Action Team is carried out through events and initiatives by ASSETS, the Lancaster Chamber, and the Lancaster County Community Foundation.  This Action Team provides guidance, support, and speakers/facilitators from businesses that are making a difference.  

Chair - Chip Cargas Cargas Systems 

Craig Dalen ASSETS

Tom Baldrige Lancaster Chamber 

Cindi Moses Lancaster Chamber 

Sam Bressi Lancaster County Community Foundation 

We are seeking to expand the diversity of our team on multiple dimensions, including people who are making a difference in businesses in different industries and size ranges.  If you would like to be considered, please email Chip Cargas at