ENVIRONMENTAL FUND HELPS EMPOWER LOCAL CITIZENS
Support of $3,100 from the Chest’s Environmental Fund will help Grassroots Wildlife Conservation educate residents of all ages about improving – and providing a sense of stewardship over – the local environment.

TWO FUNDS PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KIDS TO ATTEND SUMMER CAMP
Many local families have a hard time affording the cost of summer camp for their children. For working parents in particular, the child care that camp provides is a necessity. Through two donor-funded scholarship funds, the Chest provided $12,000 to help 42 children attend summer camp.

THE WHEN IN NEED FUND HELPS NEIGHBORS FACING CHALLENGING TIMES
The Community Chest helped 16 of our neighbors who faced a one-time emergency need, including help with rent; utility bills; medical care; and food purchases. Through the generosity of local donors, the Chest was able to give $4,500 to make these neighbors’ lives a little easier.

THE CORNERSTONE FUND PROVIDES $52,825 IN FUNDING TO HELP STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY
The Chest was pleased to be one of the major providers of funding for the Teen Mental Strength Program at CCHS. The Program is designed to help students manage stress in their lives by building resilience through mental strength skills and mindfulness tools.

A grant to CC at Play will help create an ADA-compliant walking path at the athletic fields, increasing fan accessibility and allowing visitors with disabilities full access to the fields.

A second year of funding was provided to the Community Connections Program, which pairs students with mentors from the business community, with the goal of having a positive impact on a student’s understanding of the world outside the classroom.

Cornerstone Fund – $8,500

The Cornerstone Fund was initiated in 1995 in memory of founding member Franklin Johnson. The Cornerstone Fund addresses the immediate needs of local agencies that arise outside of the Annual Campaign Fund allocations process and has provided financing on innovative projects and initiatives such as:

  • Establishing, in partnership with the Town of Concord, a Community Outreach Coordinator for residents and families in crisis
  • Creating, in partnership with the Towns of Concord and Carlisle, a Youth Services Coordinator who coordinates and promotes positive youth behavior, resources and opportunities.
  • Funding a pilot program at CCHS designed to reduce stress, increase resiliency and promote mindfulness.
  • Building a skate park for safe youth recreation
  • Funding a high school and middle school teacher-student mentoring program

Field of Interest funds – $11,464

Field of Interest Funds are donor-driven funds, established by the Chest’s Board of Directors in 2006, that require a minimum gift of $10,000 to be distributed over a mandatory three-year period. The funds are dispersed outside of the regular grant allocations process. CCCC Field of Interest Funds are outlined below:

When In Need Fund –

The When in Need Fund (WIN) provides one-time, emergency funding for individuals or families in crisis. Cases are referred by the Community Outreach Coordinator, the Concord and Carlisle Police Departments or the Concord-Carlisle Public Schools. Examples of recent WIN Fund projects include:

  • Secured funding for temporary housing for a homeless resident
  • Paid a rent bill for a resident suffering a medical crisis and unable to pay
  • Provided a public transportation pass to enable a resident to get to work
  • Paid a heating bill for a struggling resident who lost her job
  • Funded emergency dental surgery for a young resident

scholarship fund –

The Scholarship Fund provides summer camp funding for Concord and Carlisle children who would otherwise not be able to afford the experience. In 2014, the Scholarship Fund provided camp scholarships for 12 children.

community impact fund –

The Community Impact Fund provides funding for initiatives that benefit our communities as a whole. The Community Chest recently contributed towards a vest and ongoing care for Concord’s K9 Police Unit.