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United Community Chest doles out funding to local non-profits

Laura Little, left, of Arise on the Farm receives a check from Community Chest President Phil Willard. Those driving past Lakeland Park in Cazenovia this week can take notice of the banner for the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson, which is currently conducting its annual fall appeal.

Laura Little, left, of Arise on the Farm receives a check from Community Chest President Phil Willard. Those driving past Lakeland Park in Cazenovia this week can take notice of the banner for the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson, which is currently conducting its annual fall appeal. Ann Shephard

— In 2012 the United Community Chest of Cazenovia, Fenner and Nelson awarded nearly $32,000 to 12 local non-profit organizations serving local residents and families in the community, including Arise on the Farm.

Founded in 1957 by area civic leaders, the Community Chest raises funds through a fall community-wide appeal mailed directly to 4,278 households in the community. The United Community Chest allows “neighbors to help neighbors.”

Since its inception, the Community Chest has distributed more than $1 million to projects and activities supporting local residents and families.

During the annual fall appeal, residents are urged to check their mailboxes and consider how they can become involved in this mission, which has been in operation for more than 50 years.

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