Harriet and Gene Parish moved to Concord 57 years ago, raised three children who are now in their 50’s, and have four granddaughters. The Parishes began giving to the Community Chest 35 years ago, and have continued to donate every year since. “We believe in what you do,” Harriet explains. “Giving to organizations that really need help—whatever their mission is.”
Now retired, Gene was a mechanical engineer and worked for Arthur D. Little for more than 20 years. Harriet was a homemaker until her children were in high school, and then worked for the Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education program for 15 years before retiring. Both have done considerable volunteer work for the Concord Council on Aging, FISH, and the Trinitarian Congregational Church.
Prior to living in Concord, the Parish’s lived in Boston and donated to the United Way, but after moving to Concord, their giving preferences changed. “We prefer to give locally and like the idea of writing one check, knowing it will go to agencies we are familiar with.”