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Community Chest awards funds to local nonprofits

The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson awarded $37,300 in June 2010 to 12 local nonprofit organizations. Founded in 1957 by area civic leaders, the Community Chest raises funds through a fall community-wide annual appeal to support local charities providing services to residents of the region. According to UCC President Phil Willard, the Community Chest is an ideal organization to support for donors interested in seeing their charitable gifts stay local.

"As private citizens, we're bombarded daily with charity appeals," Willard said. "But it's not always easy to see how our charitable gifts funnel back to our home communities. At the Community Chest we do the work for you; asking the difficult questions to make sure donor dollars get the most mileage for folks living right next door."

The United Community Chest is a volunteer organization with a seven-person board. Its only expenses are printing and postage for the annual appeal and insurance. To receive funds, local organizations complete a grant application which the board uses to evaluate competing funding requests and to determine overall annual expenditures.

Over the past five years, the Community Chest has distributed an average of $45,000 annually. As non-profit agencies face increasing cuts in local and state funding, Community Chest funds are needed now more than ever to bridge the gap. To direct contributions to the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson, please mail tax-deductible donation to P.O. Box 73, Cazenovia, NY 13035.

In 2010, the following organizations received Community Chest funding:

American Red Cross

CazCares

Cazenovia Children's House

Cazenovia Community Preschool

Community Action

Heritage Farms

Madison County Children's Camp

Madison County Office for the Aging

Project Caf

RSVP

Wanderer's Rest

Arise at the Farm

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