Founded in 1932, The Community Chest supports local nonprofit organizations serving people in need. This year's grant recipients provide services to meet peoples' needs of all ages in these categories: health and mental health (25%), children and youth (20%), older adults (18%), arts programming (11%), women (11%), hunger (7%), environment (4%), and volunteer (4%).The 2016-2017 grant recipients are: Arts Horizon, ArtWorks-The Naomi Cohain Foundation, Bergen Family Center, Bergen Performing Arts Center, Bergen Volunteer Center, Calvary Care Community Development Corporation, Center for Food Action, The Center for Hope and Safety, Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Flat Rock Brook Nature Association, Friends of John T. Wright Arena, JCC Thurnauer School of Music, Office of Concern Food Pantry, Planned Parenthood of Central & Greater North Jersey, Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living, St. Paul's Afterschool Choir Program, Tenafly Nature Center, Vantage Health System, West Side Infant and Teen Program (a new awardee), Women's Rights Information Center, YWCA of Bergen County, and Visiting Homemaker Bergen County.
The Harriet Tanner Impact Grant was awarded to Vantage Health System to hire start-up staff for the new Behavioral Health Home Program for Bergen County residents. Vantage Health System will create the program in collaboration with Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative and the Englewood Federally Qualified Health Center. The program will coordinate physical and mental health care and wellness activities for Medicaid eligible adults diagnosed with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar and a chronic physical health condition.
With a mission to strengthen the community through partnership, leadership and philanthropy, The Community Chest awarded the grants to local nonprofits through a competitive process managed by the organization's Allocations Committee and approved by the Board of Managers. Funds were raised through an annual campaign, events and activities throughout the year to address pressing issues in the area.
"The importance of The Community Chest's mission to lead initiatives and support nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County is evident from the total request for annual grants, $260,214, and a record eight applications for impact grants. The requests for funding continue to outpace the amount raised. In 2014, the organization's grant awards serviced 40,000 people. We are working diligently to close the gap and meet the needs of more people in the future," said Richard Kennedy, President, The Community Chest's Board of Managers.
For more information about The Community Chest and opportunities to get involved, visit the organization's web site, www.thecommunitychestofenglewood.org, or call 201-568-7474. Stay updated about the organization's activities on Facebook and Twitter.