The Community Chest embarked on this initiative to ensure that it is positioned to effectively support our towns in the future and to continue our role as a community galvanizer.
Needs Assessment research examined areas affecting the Carlisle and Concord communities by both issue area and population. Themes uncovered by issue areas include: Mental Health, Food Insecurity, Transportation, Housing, and overall Affordability. We also uncovered specific needs based on population, specifically: Elders, Youth, Low Income, Refugees/Asylees, Chronically Disabled, and Community Members experiencing a short-term hurdle.
The Needs Assessment uncovered vital information about the community’s needs and brought attention to both the successful areas of coverage along with gaps in that coverage. All this had led us to better inform our grantmaking process and share these findings with the community at large. The grant program will continue to support grants geared toward operational expenses for organizations supporting the needs in our community. We also introduced the Cornerstone Initiative designed to encourage and support innovative solutions to the unmet needs uncovered in these findings.
The Needs Assessment was a step towards acknowledging where and how the Community Chest can support Concord and Carlisle to be communities where everyone can thrive.