November Newsletter

karenEvery year our town Select Boards proclaim October to be Community Chest month. I have always found this announcement galvinizing as it reflects the deep, historical roots of the Chest in our community and the broad support of our mission. This connection and history continues to inform our future as we all serve as ambassadors for this essential community resource.

Almost 70 years ago, local citizens would knock on the doors of residents to collect donations for neighbors in need. While we no longer go door to door, we do feel the personal connection to the volunteers and donors who continue to support the Chest. It is these individuals and businesses who ensure the future of the Chest and we are constantly moved by their commitment, generosity and leadership.

While history and tradition is important to the organization, innovation is also a marked characteristic of the Chest. To this end, we have launched a new funding opportunity titled adVentures in Philanthropy: An Innovation Challenge for Non-Profits Serving Concord and Carlisle. This initiative builds on the Chest’s long history of supporting and encouraging innovation as we work together to identify the best ways to help our neighbors in need.

As we reflect on the past while planning for the future, we know in the end it all comes down to the fantastic community we live in and the abounding support for the mission of the Chest. Leaving Community Chest month behind and looking forward to the unfolding year ahead, we are energized to know we will be working in partnership with a motivated community of neighbors helping neighbors.

Best wishes,

Karen Bechtel
Executive Director


adVentures in Philanthropy
Applications due November 14th

Do you have an idea that could help your neighbors in our community?
The Chest is launching a non-profit innovation challenge, adVentures in Philanthropy.
You could win funding to make your idea a reality.

For more information and guidelines, please click HERE


The Women’s Luncheon
How local philanthropy is having an impact on global issues and vice-versa

Thank you to the 180 women (and few brave men) who attended the 6th annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon. Below are some of the words used to describe the afternoon:

“Very inspiring to hear of personal stories and work in our community.”
“Thought provoking”
“Inspiring what can be done with limited resources and creativity.”


And a big thank you to facilitator Rebecca Miller from The Philanthropic Initiative and panelists Alec Walker, April Stone from the Clover Foundation and Sharon Carlson and Andrea Hewitt from Dignity In Asylum for sharing your stories and inspiring us.


Red Feather Circle
Create your lasting legacy by joining the Red Feather Circle

We invite you to consider providing for the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest in your estate plan. Legacy gifts red-feather-logohelp ensure funding for the future work of the Chest, allowing it in turn to meet the most urgent needs of our beloved towns, as those evolve over time.

As the Chest considers its fiscal sustainability in a time of increasing competition for charitable dollars, we invite you to add to your investment in our work by making a legacy gift to the Chest. Legacy Gifts – sometimes known as planned gifts – will help us build a pipeline of future support, thereby ensuring that our work can continue.

To speak with someone in confidence about legacy giving and our Red Feather Circle, please contact Karen Bechtel, Executive Director of the Community Chest, at , or 978-369-5250


Featured Volunteer Opportunities
Open Table

1. Community Outreach Coordinator (New)
Contact: Jeanine Calabria at
Schedule: Self Scheduled in conjunction with the Executive Director and the needs of local organizations
Requirements: Communication and presentation skills. Community knowledge and contacts. Marketing ability.
Volunteer is responsible for proactively identifying local unmet needs where Open Table resources can be effectively brought to bear developing recommendations for improved policies and procedures to better meet local needs responding to requests for information about Open Table from local organizations by email, telephone, visits and presentations creatively keeping Open Table in the public eye participating in the development of compelling communication materials.

2. Guest Support Team Member
Contact: Jeanine Calabria at
Schedule: Times when guests are on site. (Maynard on Monday, Concord on Thursday and, beginning in late October, Sudbury on Tuesday afternoons and early evenings). May require some follow-up depending on guest needs.
Requirements: Social services experience. Listening and communication skills. Knowledge of local resources. Fluency in foreign languages is helpful.   Volunteer to engage Open Table guests, learn their back stories and needs and direct them to appropriate resources. Introduce the organization, its policies and procedures to new guests and gather necessary information to establish guest registration.  Assist the head of Guest Support in bringing in social services resources to help guests

3. Greater Boston Food Bank Loader
Contact: Fran Warner at
Schedule: Mondays 9AM to 1PM – Job can be shared with other volunteers
Requirements: Ability to lift 35 to 50 lbs.  Ride with the driver and 1 additional loader from Acton U-Haul to the Greater Boston Food Bank to load 4,000 to 6,000 pounds of food for the pantries with the help of a mechanical loader. Deliver some non-perishables to the Concord storage pantry on Everett St Concord and the remaining food to the Maynard pantry at the Coolidge School on Bancroft St Maynard. Team from NuPath helps unload at the Maynard pantry. Return the truck to Acton U-Haul.