Concord-Carlisle Community Chest press releases and articles.

adVentures in Philanthropy

  • September 21, 2016

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Launches adVentures in Philanthropy

Innovation Challenge Will Fund New Non-Profit Initiatives for Concord and Carlisle

The Concord Carlisle Community Chest is launching a new funding opportunity, adVentures in Philanthropy, a program to identify brand new ideas and innovations that meet human service needs in Concord and Carlisle. The program will grant up to $30,000 from the Chest’s Cornerstone Fund to launch these new initiatives. Inspired by the popular television show, Shark Tank, adVentures in Philanthropy is open to any 501c3 organization or program with a fiscal sponsor. Applications are due by November 14th, 2016.

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Concord-Carlisle Community Chest: Appreciating Our History And Informing Our Future

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest: Appreciating our History and Informing our Future

  • November 19, 2015

November 19, 2015 | CONCORD

This article is one in a series about the organizations supported by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Fifty years ago, if you did not donate to the Community Chest, a neighbor would come knocking at your door. For ten days during October citizens fanned out across town in search of funds to service those in need. It took such a spirited sense of community to create the Concord Community Chest in 1947.

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Concord-Carlisle Community Chest: There when life throws curve balls

  • November 12, 2015

November 12, 2015 | CONCORD

By Faith Bade

This article is one in a series about the organizations supported by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Imagine that your son suddenly moves back home with his two children, a four-month old baby and three-year-old. Their mother has become addicted to drugs and this young family is devastated. You are now a grandmother helping to raise two very young children. All of you need help.

Imagine you are a widow with a young son. Recent medical issues mean you can no longer work. You have to get medical treatments during the day and your son has nowhere to go that is safe and welcoming. You both need help.

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Concord-Carlisle Community Chest: Enriching lives for those with mental, physical disabilities

  • November 5, 2015

November 5, 2015 | CONCORD

By Trish Siefer

This article is one in a series about the organizations supported by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Each weekday, my morning begins with the beeping sound of a van backing up in my neighbor’s driveway. When I first moved to my home in West Concord, I wondered what the van’s arrival was for each day? I came to find out it was from Minute Man Arc, a 57-year-old organization that is committed to enhancing the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities of all ages. The van transports my neighbors and others in the community to Minute Man Arc’s location on Forest Ridge Road, where participants learn new skills and receive therapeutic services. It also takes many of these residents to various jobs in Concord and the surrounding area. These individuals are performing important work in our community at places like Emerson Hospital, Crosby’s Market and Corporate Chefs.

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Concord-Carlisle Community Chest: The importance of education and program for children and adults

  • November 5, 2015

November 5, 2015 | CONCORD

By Kelly Driscoll

This article is one in a series about the organizations supported by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Being a board member of the Chest has expanded my understanding of the need within the Concord-Carlisle community. I deeply admire the amount of important and impactful work being done by a range of organizations to support our neighbors; important work often being delivered quietly yet effectively.

I have seen how the Chest is uniquely positioned to help identify, evaluate and address the most pressing human service needs in our community and support this essential work. It provides significant financial support to nonprofits, town agencies and local projects. The Chest is able to see what is needed and respond, supporting the efforts of the committed and talented individuals delivering services to some of our most at-risk community members. In some instances it serves as the primary funder of small programs or positions.

The Youth Services Coordinator is an example of a position that emerged from an identified need and is funded primarily by the Chest.

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Concord-Carlisle Community Chest: Inside the magical workings of Concord’s Open Table

  • October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015 | CONCORD

By Jeanine Calabria

This article is one in a series about the organizations supported by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

I like to think of Open Table as Brigadoon, the mythical Scottish town that appears out of nowhere, attracting visitors who fall in love and can’t bear to leave. But while Brigadoon appeared only every century, Open Table conjures up, every week, a feast for 100. Beautiful centerpieces and dishes are prepared by a team of caring cooks. Bags of nutritious foods fill the pantry and are carried home by guests. And this magic has recurred, week after week, for 26 years.

Of course, it’s not magic. It takes volunteers and community groups to deliver this free community service. A single night at Open Table requires at least 75 volunteers. They work at so many different shifts during the day that most have no idea that they are a team of so many.

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Concord-Carlisle Community Chest and Elder Services: It takes a village to help a senior stay home

  • October 15, 2015

Oct. 15, 2015 | CONCORD

By Liz Harvey

This article is one in a series about the organizations supported by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Looking forward we know that an aging population in our towns, challenging economic times for many and amplified stresses in our world will increase the demand for elder services. A look at our nation’s demographics reveals that the older cohort numbers will keep climbing until the year 2030 and will hold steady at these very high levels until 2050.

We also know that within Concord and Carlisle lies an array of non-profit organizations dedicated to serving the needs of our aging population. These organizations are providing seniors with opportunities that enhance their physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs.

Currently in Carlisle 20 percent of the total population is comprised of seniors. The Carlisle Council on Aging serves this community in a number of ways: information referrals, transportation to appointments, medical equipment, educational and exercise programs and respite care. The Carlisle COA also offers monthly lunches, book groups, exercise classes and a multitude of opportunities for seniors to come together as a community.

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Concord-Carlisle Community Chest needs your help

  • September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015 | CONCORD

By Faith Bade

I can think of so many times my neighbors have helped me. Plowing me out. Helping with a sick child. Walking my dogs. Advising on parenting. Making me laugh. My neighbors have babysat my children, driven me to the hospital and fed my family. We are neighbors, and I feel so lucky to be the recipient of their care.

I love our community, and I worry we may lose this sense of neighbor helping neighbor. There are so many neighbors in our community who need help. Do you know someone who is in need? Do you have a need? Are you in a domestic violence situation? Do you require legal advice? Do you need transportation to medical appointments? Does your child need early intervention due to a physical or learning disability? Do you need help in getting food on the table? Do you need mental health care? Do you need financial assistance to send your child to preschool, daycare, after-school care, or camp?

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Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Spring Fling!

Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Spring Fling!

  • March 22, 2014

March 22, 2014 | CONCORD PATCH

By Ann Sgarzi

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest will host its biennial fundraising party on Friday, April 4,, 2014, at 7:00pm at the deCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA.  Funds raised will support the organization’s mission to strengthen the communities of Concord and Carlisle by marshaling resources to support those in need.

This year’s event will feature open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auction, and music and dancing to the sounds of The Marsels. Attire is spring cocktail. Tickets are $150 per person.

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More Than $560,000 Awarded During Day Of Giving (2014)

More than $560,000 Awarded During Day of Giving (2014)

  • June 25, 2014

June 25, 2014 | CONCORD

At its annual Day of Giving on June 12, 2014, the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest awarded more than $560,000 in grants to 30 local programs that serve Concord and Carlisle residents.

More than 75 Chest board members, recipient agencies, business supporters, donors and community members attended the event, held at First Parish Church.

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Community Chest Celebrates Astrid Williams

Community Chest Celebrates Astrid Williams

  • December 19, 2013

December 19, 2013 | Concord
By Ann Sgarzi

Last Tuesday, colleagues, friends and family gathered in Concord to celebrate Astrid Williams’ work.

Astrid Williams will resign her position as executive director of the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest at the end of this month, after 16 years of strengthening the community through her work with and in support of more than 30 human services agencies serving Concord and Carlisle.

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