June 2016

Karen Bechtel, Executive Director

Karen Bechtel, Executive Director

As we face full calendars replete with spring activity, it is important to hit the pause button and reflect on accomplishments over the past year. We value the efforts of so many who support their neighbors in need; businesses that are willing to stand behind their community; volunteers who share their skills, intelligence and time making the work of this organization so impactful; and the donors who year after year respond to requests for support.

Our Day of Giving marks the moment when the Chest officially takes this needed pause and acknowledges all that has been accomplished. This year we will again announce significant awards to social service agencies that serve our neighbors in Concord and Carlisle. The distribution of these grants is the outcome of hours of work by thoughtful grant allocation teams overseen by a dedicated volunteer board. It reflects the generosity of almost 1,200 donors who have made giving to neighbors in need a priority.

Ultimately, the Day of Giving recognizes the important work being done in our community to help its community members, including efforts that provide food and companionship to the elderly resident who is housebound; a camp experience for a child whose parents are struggling financially; sustenance for a family who finds themselves experiencing food insecurity; and free legal services to an individual escaping a dangerous living situation.

As we enjoy these final days of spring and reflect on accomplishments over the past year, we would like to pause and thank all of the wonderful people in our community who support the Chest and the incredible work being done to support neighbors in need. You inspire us every day.


Karen Bechtel


Celebrating Our Leaders

Board Co-Chairs 2015-2016

Amy and Trish.jpgThe Chest is dependent on the energy, talents and dedication of a broad range of volunteers. We are fortunate to live in a community that houses an abundance of talented individuals willing and able to lend their skills and their time. Leading this great effort over the past year are two co-presidents whose dedication to their community is inspiring. Amy Capofreddi has served on the board of the Chest for five years, acting as Co-Chair for the past two. Trish Siefer has been on the Board for four years serving as co-chair for one. We are endlessly grateful for their thoughtful and careful leadership of this important community institution.


Day of Giving

Thursday, June 9, 2016, 8:00 am

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The Community Chest’s Day of Giving is a special celebration of the organizations and programs that benefit the residents of Concord and Carlisle. Their incredible work, supported by dedicated volunteers and exceptionally generous donors, translates into meaningful aid for our neighbors. During this morning event, grant awards are distributed and the important work of volunteers recognized.

Summer Camp

Fun in the Sun for Everyone

As the weather warms and thoughts of summer emerge, visions of camp experiences are on many people’s minds. Without support from the Chest however, financial constraints make this experience an impossibility for many families. Through two donor-supported funds as well as scholarships offered through Concord Recreation, this year the Chest will provide funds to help almost 90 children attend summer camp.

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 help 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 Karen@cccommunitychest.org , or 978-369-5250.

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