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Community Chest awards 2012 funding to local non-profits

Cazenovia Community Preschool Director Torrey Lansing, left, receives a donation from Ann Shephard of the United Community Chest while Daniel Furness, Ava Galton, seated, and Christian Buyea, top left, Braden Carnahan and Ella Baker look on. With a 42-year history in the community, CCP received $5,000 from the UCC of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson in 2012. The funds will help reduce tuition costs for eligible families. Currently 19 out of 43 families receive tuition assistance for the comprehensive preschool serving 3 and 4-year olds.

Cazenovia Community Preschool Director Torrey Lansing, left, receives a donation from Ann Shephard of the United Community Chest while Daniel Furness, Ava Galton, seated, and Christian Buyea, top left, Braden Carnahan and Ella Baker look on. With a 42-year history in the community, CCP received $5,000 from the UCC of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson in 2012. The funds will help reduce tuition costs for eligible families. Currently 19 out of 43 families receive tuition assistance for the comprehensive preschool serving 3 and 4-year olds.

— The United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson recently awarded nearly $32,000 to 12 local non-profit organizations this spring.

Founded in 1957 by area civic leaders, the Community Chest raises funds through a fall community-wide annual appeal. Since its inception, the Community Chest has distributed more than $1 million to projects and activities supporting local residents and families.

“It’s humbling to think of the 55-year history of the United Community Chest,” said Philip Willard, board president. “But we’re just a facilitator for our generous donors who have a keen interest in putting their charitable dollars to work in the towns and villages where they live. As a donor, it’s not always easy to decide where your charitable dollars can have the most impact. That’s where we can help. For local organizations doing good work, our support just might make the difference between serving one more client or purchasing much-needed equipment to improve overall service. Looking at the next 50 years, we can only hope to match or even improve support of vulnerable kids, families and neighbors in our own backyard.”

The United Community Chest is a volunteer organization with a seven member 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. From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship is the most recent organization to join the family of non-profits receiving funding from the Community Chest in 2012.

The following organizations will receive Community Chest funding in 2012: From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship Inc., CazCares, Cazenovia Children’s House, Cazenovia Community Preschool, Community Action, Heritage Farms, Madison County Children’s Camp, Madison County Office for the Aging, Project Café, RSVP, Wanderer’s Rest Humane Association and Arise at the Farm.

To direct contributions to the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson, mail tax deductible donations to P.O. Box 73, Cazenovia, NY 13035.

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