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Grants Awarded 2022-2023

Give Where You Live

We provide significant financial support to nonprofits, town agencies, individuals, and local projects. The Community Chest believes in “give where you live.” Giving locally is one of the best ways to help your community thrive and grow stronger for the benefit of all.


A swim and fitness facility comprised of health and wellness experts, the Beede Center is essential in promoting and improving wellness here in Concord.

Partners in Rhyme (PIR) is a six-week intergenerational poetry program where older adults virtually join a CCHS English class to read, discuss, and write poetry with students. Throughout the series, students and adults are assigned to small groups so they can develop relationships. Each week the class reads two to three works from a diverse collection of poets as it explores social and emotional learning (SEL) topics relevant to all ages.


Dr. Laurie Hunter

CCACE provides opportunities for lifelong learning to the citizens of the school district and surrounding towns. CCACE responds to community needs and interests, calling upon local people and organizations to develop and coordinate programs and services for children, adolescents and adults throughout the year—making schools available for extended-day educational use for Concord and Carlisle residents, and promoting and supporting school and town projects that cannot be funded or presented in traditional ways.

The Concord Children’s Center provides quality year-round care and early childhood education for over 200 children starting at ten weeks of age. Programs serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and after kindergartners at three locations in Concord—each of which offers a nurturing and stimulating environment in which a child can build the skills needed for growth in all aspects of development.

The Concord Recreation Department Summer Camp provides a daily program filled with activities ranging from sports and games, tennis and swimming lessons, to arts and crafts, archery, and field trips.

First Connections is a family resource center whose mission is to provide comprehensive, quality, parenting support services to families with children birth through school age. Some of the programs offered by First Connections include: facilitated playgroups, parent support groups,educational seminars, home visits, challenging child support, weekend activities, adoptive family support. The programming at First Connections is aimed at enhancing parent-child interactions through education, modeling and support as it has been documented that young children’s earliest experiences and environments set the stage for future development and success in school and life.

Elder Support

The Carlisle COA is dedicated to serving senior citizens and assisting their families and friends with aging issues. In cooperation with other organizations, the COA serves both elders who are well and those with some degree of frailty.

The Concord Council on Aging works to improve the quality of life of Concord’s citizens who are over the age of sixty. The COA strives to assist them in maintaining dignity, independence, and their role as full participants in the life of the community. The COA makes every effort to provide seniors with opportunities that enhance their physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being.

Clear Path for Veterans New England provides outreach and support to Veterans in the Concord and Carlisle communities and continues to build partnerships with Emerson Hospital and Veteran Service officers in both towns.

Cooperative Elder Services’ mission is to enable frail elders to remain in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. It offers a structured and supervised day program in Concord that includes skilled nursing services, therapeutic recreation, a full nutrition program including snacks and hot lunch, counseling services and much needed respite to families.

Minuteman Senior Services helps elders and others with long-term care needs to remain in their own homes, safe, comfortable and independent, for as long as they are able, and to support their caregivers as they face the challenges presented by the competing needs of family, work and self. Minuteman offers information and referral, care management, nursing home screening, Alzheimer’s services, respite care, and meals-on-wheels.

Food | Health | Safety

Dignity In Asylum provides safe transitional housing and community support services to people seeking asylum who are at risk of homelessness, abuse and trafficking in the Boston area.

The Domestic Violence Services Network (DVSN) grew out of a needs assessment conducted by the Concord Carlisle Community Chest in 1995. DVSN offers unconditional support to families in Middlesex County living with domestic violence. Staff and highly trained volunteers listen sensitively to callers, assess the level of risk, identify options of action and refer callers to confidential sources. It has been documented that 7.5% of all calls to police in one unnamed privileged town in MetroWest Boston are related to domestic violence, including elder abuse, child abuse and spousal abuse. Further, it is estimated that approximately 50% of all domestic violence cases go unreported. Concord and Carlisle residents are fortunate to have DVSN available to support our most vulnerable community members.

Gaining Ground grows organic vegetables and fruit with the help of thousands of community volunteers and donates all of this fresh food (approximately 100,000 pounds of produce each growing season) to area meal programs, shelters, schools, and food pantries.

Habitat for Humanity builds housing for low income residents because we believe in the Habitat motto of a hand up, not a hand out. We provide critical home repairs to seniors and operate a ReStore in Billerica where we sell new or gently used items to the public. To date we have built or renovated 49 homes in greater Lowell.

MWLS provides free civil legal advocacy to protect and advance the rights of the poor, elderly, disabled, and other disenfranchised people. MWLS assists eligible persons in 36 communities in securing access to basic needs and in challenging institutional barriers in order to achieve equal justice for all—advocates represent battered victims in contested family law cases, defend tenants to prevent them from becoming homeless, advocate in schools for children with special needs, help elderly and disabled people in obtaining disability, welfare and medical benefits, and assist people making the transition from welfare to work. The MWLS staff represents approximately 2,200 low-income and elderly clients each year.

Open Table is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1989 in Concord by a group of citizens who saw the need to provide hunger relief for local area citizens. All who came were offered a hot meal and groceries, “no questions asked.” Today, Open Table Concord serves more than 100 guests of all ages each week, including families with young children as well as seniors.

Mental Health | Physical Disabilities

ART for All Concord improves lives and enlivens the community through creative works for people of all abilities and circumstances.

Be Well Be Here is a Mindful Wellness Educational Program that provides equitable community engagement for adults and teens. With an increasing need for mental health support due to high levels of anxiety and stress, Be Well Be Here offers various subsidized creative mindful wellness sessions. Free online meditation reaches those in the community with profound struggles, including those who are disabled, elderly, inform, grieving loss, and suffering from addiction.

Brain Health Bootcamp provides evidence-based solutions for schools, companies, and community organizations to increase mental health literacy, prevent suicide, and promote lifelong wellness for young people.

Eliot Community Human Services is a non-profit human service agency with a network of 80 programs and services including residential, social, and vocational programs, ombudsman services, consultation, education and training, as well as outpatient mental health services. The Eliot network is committed to serving the most vulnerable of populations, those who are most at risk and have limited or no resources to access help. Each day the network serves over 1,500 children, adolescents, families, adults and seniors in 55 communities.

Minute Man Arc is committed to enhancing the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities of all ages. We strive to enhance their inclusion in the community, to maximize personal choice and decision making, and to support them in reaching their full potential in all areas of their lives. Agency programs include Early Intervention, Family Services, Recreation activities for children and adults, and Adult Services (Employment, Residential, Adult Family Care, Shared Living, and Day Habilitation). During fiscal year 2010, more than 1,000 individuals and their families received services from one or more of the agency programs.

Nashoba Learning Group offers a school for children and a day program for adults with Autism Spectrum disorders. The adult day program serves individuals with more severe needs than are generally accommodated at other adult day programs through job and social training, and other activities.

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center provides clients with access to life-enhancing, critical cancer support for patients, their caregivers, and their families.

Collectively, the Community Chest distributed $593,451 back into our towns in 2022-2023!
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