The Community Chest plays an invaluable role in our community. Founded in 1933 to demonstrate our community’s commitment to help its less fortunate residents survive the Great Depression, the Chest has continued over the years to carry out its role of identifying needs and channeling funds to meet those needs. Potential donors are assured that the funds they contribute are effectively used with a minimum of overhead expense. With a single check, a donor can support multiple causes, each of which has been carefully evaluated by the Community Chest.
The number of such causes has grown over the years. In its first year of operation the Community Chest raised funds to benefit Englewood Hospital, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Social Service Federation (now Bergen Family Center), Citizen’s Employment Agency and Salvation Army. Currently the Community Chest funds programs at twenty non-profit agencies. Programs prevent hunger and homelessness, promote self-sufficiency, and provide educational and cultural opportunities for our community’s under-served citizens of all ages.
In addition to conducting an annual fundraising campaign and determining annual allocations to agencies, the Community Chest acts as a catalyst for community change by promoting partnerships and providing leadership.
The Community Chest has been successful since 1933 because of continued public demand, notable community spirit, and the willingness of people who command the respect and confidence of the entire community to serve. The Chest is currently run by a prestigious volunteer Board of Managers which represents a cross-section of the community.
Click here to view donors to our 2011-2012 campaign.
Your support directly impacts our ability to continue improving both our programming and our facility. The effect of the support you have given today will be felt for generations to come.
-- Jennifer Kleinbaum, Executive Director, Tenafly Nature Center
As more and more low-income people are turning to the Center for Food Action for emergency assistance, it is critically important to have adequate funding to meet the increasing demands being placed upon the agency and we are grateful to you for your ongoing support.
-- Patricia Espy, Executive Director, Center for Food Action
The partnership of Visiting Homemaker Service and the Chest has been an effective union in preventing premature institutionalization and giving that extra hand that so many of the frail elderly residents need in order to maintain their independence and sense of dignity.
-- Christine Farrington, Board President, Visiting Homemaker Home Health Aide Service