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Friday, June 24, 2005

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Community Chest awards over $483,000

The Concord-Carlisle Community Chest recently completed its annual allocations process and awarded more than $483,000 to human service organizations and programs throughout the area. Thirty-three grants were allocated to help provide services that assist residents of all ages including infants, children, teens, adults and elder citizens. A wide range of programs and projects are supported with donations made by local residents and businesses that are distributed through the Community Chest each year.

"The funding we receive from the Community Chest is an invaluable resource in our ability to provide a full range of mental health services that are available to anyone, regardless of their problem or financial situation," said Deborah Garfield, LICSW, Director of Clinical Services, Eliot Community Human Services.

The allocations committee is comprised of local volunteers who devote many hours of service over the course of three months. Committee members review written applications, conduct site visits, interview agency managers, meet in small groups to discuss the request, and then recommend an award to the full team. Next, the Community Chest board votes on the funding recommendations during its May meeting.

"Allocations was highly successful this year, not only from a funding standpoint but also as evidenced through the enthusiasm and commitment of the many volunteers," said Patti Satterthwaite, Allocations Committee co-chairperson. "The increased generosity of local residents and businesses enabled us to fund the full amount recommended by the committee. Additionally, the volunteer feedback on the rigorous process we follow was very positive."

The next allocations cycle will begin in February 2006.

For more information about the Community Chest and its member agencies, call 1-978-369-5250 or visit www.cccommunitychest.org.


2005 The Carlisle Mosquito