Concord-Carlisle Community Chest Newsletter: April 2016

Karen Bechtel, Executive Director

Karen Bechtel, Executive Director

In my initial draft of this letter, I spoke of witnessing the first signs of spring as I peer out my window. Then I read the weather forecast. I turned my thoughts to the resiliency of New Englanders as they face impending snow in April.  With a sense of incredulity, we respond to these sudden changes with humor and a shared understanding to always expect the unexpected.

Even as we ponder returning to our storage bins to retrieve gloves and scarfs, we remain excited about the Chest’s activity and celebrations during these spring months.  For the past three years the Chest has ushered in this new season with its Spring Fling Gala.  The event will be held on Friday, April 8th at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.  Whether guests will be dressed in brightly colored spring outfits or elegantly wrapped in scarfs, it is one of my favorite evenings of the year as we share the spirit of community and our willingness to help our neighbors.

The month of April also marks the end of the Grant Allocations process with teams making final recommendations for awards to worthy organizations.  From funding an organization that provides a coordinated community response to domestic violence or a program that pairs at-risk elementary school students with CCHS mentors, I am constantly in awe of the dedicated work being done in our community to support neighbors in need.

April 30th also marks the end of our campaign.  With over $612,000 in requests from local social service organizations, we look towards our community members who are willing and able to provide the needed funds to help us serve these essential organizations.  Most importantly, we rely on your generosity to support our neighbors who, often unexpectedly, find themselves in need of help.  We deeply appreciate and admire the unwavering support of our fellow community members to the Chest and continue to look to your leadership during the final days of the campaign.

Karen Bechtel

The Community Chest needs your Support

Together we can continue to strengthen our community.


grant allocations team 2016

The 2016 Grant Allocation Process Coming to a Close!

Thank you to our 32 community volunteers

Over the past few months, teams of volunteers have met with 29 organizations to discuss programs and funding needs and evaluate requests.  First time grant allocation team member Lexi Wight summed up her experience: “I really loved being part of the allocations committee. I have learned so much about what amazing things the Chest does for local organizations that are really helping our community. It has been such a wonderful experience!”

Concord Businesses Give Back To Their Neighbors

We appreciate the generosity of the local business community

On Saturday, March 19th, the Chamber of Commerce sponsored the fifth annual Concord Give Back Day. We would like to thank the following businesses who donated 5% of the day’s gross sales to the Community Chest:

Albright Art
Artisans Way
Blue Dry Goods
Colonial Gardens
Concord Cookware
Concord Flowers
Concord Optical
Concord Teacakes
Debra’s Natural Gourmet
J. McLaughlin
jack + toba
juju for men
Lacoste Gallery
Merlin’s Silver Star
Noa Designs
Reasons To Be Cheerful
Revolutionary Concord
Sally Ann Food Shop
Saltbox Kitchen
Sara Campbell
West Concord Pharmacy
Woods Hill Table
Special contributions from: Nashoba Brooks School, North Bridge Insurance,
and Walden Pond Pediatrics

red feather circle

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 , or 978-369-5250.