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Do Your Holiday Shopping with Community Chest

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“Neighbors Telling Neighbors about Neighbors Helping Neighbors”

The Community Chest is very excited to be holding its first annual Holiday Gift Emporium on December 6th from 10 to 6 pm.  This is a new opportunity for neighbors and friends to support the Community Chest and help us to increase our support of local nonprofits.  When you come to the Gift Emporium to do your holiday shopping you can also be supporting some great community causes.  Please see the list of agencies we support below.

Arts Horizons
Art Works
Bergen Family Center HIPPY Program and  Adult Day Care
Cavalry Cares Community Development Corporation
Center for Food Action
Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Flat Rock Brook Nature Association
Thurnauer School of Music at the JCC
Office of Concern of St. Cecilia’s Church
Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern 
Shelter Our Sisters 
Southeast Center for Independent Living 
St. Paul’s Choir
Tenafly Nature CenterVantage Health CenterVisiting Homemakers 
Home Health Aide Service 
Volunteer Center of Bergen County 
Women’s Rights Information Center
YWCA of Bergen County

We are very grateful to Ted Siebold of Town Audi for offering us the beautiful showroom at Town Audi to hold our event and for providing us with other generous gifts.

Our Community Chairperson, Jewel Spiegel, led a committee that has selected a variety of vendors who are known for their lovely gift products.  They will each have a display at the Emporium where they will be selling products that make great holiday gifts.  We have chosen items in all price ranges and for people of all ages.

A portion of the vendors’ sales will come back to the Community Chest as a donation.  In addition to the vendors, we will have fabulous door prizes for those who buy tickets at $5.00 each or 5 for $20.  These items were donated by local business owners, restaurants and individuals who have generously supported this event.

Please tell your friends about this event and bring them along to do their holiday shopping.  



Passing of the Gavel

Dick Kennedy and Peter Corbin

Dick Kennedy and Peter Corbin

On April 2, 2014 the The Community Chest’s President’s Gavel was passed from Peter Corbin to our new board president, Richard “Dick” Kennedy.  A member of the Community Chest board for seven years, Dick brings a great history of volunteer experience to this role.   In addition to his time on the Community Chest board he has also served as a board member at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County.

Dick is the Managing Partner of RSK Associates, LLC., a private consulting firm based in Tenafly, NJ.  Prior to forming RSK Associates Dick had a long and impressive career as a senior manager in several banks in the New York/New Jersey area.  His experience in community banking makes him uniquely qualified to provide leadership to a nonprofit such as the Community Chest.

Dick’s enthusiasm is evident by his comments “I am very excited to be associated with an organization that has such a long history of helping to make the community a better place to live.  Neighbors helping neighbors has been the description of the organization’s way of operating.   The need for support never goes away and neither does the generosity and participation of those who can help.   Our challenge is to continue to understand community needs and focus our efforts on meeting those needs.”



Tanner Impact Grant

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This year’s Tanner Impact Grant was awarded to Shelter Our Sisters to assist them with starting a domestic violence prevention violence program in Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs.  The grant will pay for a portion of the salary of a community educator.  The educator will work with local schools, agencies and organizations to bring prevention programming onto existing programs/organizations






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 “The Community Chest recognizes that domestic violence is a serious community issue.  Shelter Our Sisters is looking forward to providing educational programs for all local residents to better understand the “red flags” of domestic violence, how todevelop a safety plan and where to access services.  Working together we can reduce the incidence of violence in the Englewood, Englewood Cliffs and Tenafly communities.”   

Elaine Meyerson, MSW, Executive Director, SOS





Women and Philanthropy

Moira Sullivan Renke-St. Peters University, Shelly Wimpfheimer- Executive Director The Community Chest, Leah Leto- St. Peters University

Moira Sullivan Renke-St. Peters University, Shelly Wimpfheimer- Executive Director The Community Chest, Leah Leto- St. Peters University

The Community Chest teamed up with St. Peters University and the Volunteer Center of Bergen County to host a Focus Group of women philanthropists. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy….. women are now making more decisions about charitable giving than men.  Eighteen women attended the focus group which explored a series of questions related to charitable giving.  The results of the group’s deliberations will be summarized and shared with the participants and other interested parties.



We thank our corporate friends for supporting our annual Spring Event

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On April 24, 2014 The Community Chest hosted a wonderful gathering of supporters at its Annual Spring Event at the Montammy Golf Club.  This year’s fundraiser, the most successful one yet, honored Peter Corbin, outgoing president of the Board of Managers of the Community Chest.  Flanked by friends and fellow board members, Corbin spoke about the many activities that the Community Chest is involved in and encouraged attendees to support the activities of the Community Chest to help to carry out the mission created by its founders more than 80 years ago.  This year’s event was sponsored by a new lineup of businesses committed to helping The Chest raise the funds necessary to support this year’s applicants.  Sponsors included:  Kamson Corporation and Wells Fargo Advisors at the gold level, United Water and Union Center National Bank at the silver level and Merrill Lynch, Madison Consulting Group and Bank of New Jersey at the bronze level.  The Chest heartily welcomes these new supporters and looks forward to working more closely with each of them in the coming years.  The proceeds of this event will support local agencies providing services to citizens of Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs.


The Community Chest: Neighbors Helping NeighborsHow to you measure a community?  At The Community Chest we assess ours by the people who live and work here, but mostly by how we interact and support each other to create a cohesive, thoughtful group of citizens.  The primary focus and goal of The Chest is to raise money to benefit directly local non-profits serving those who need help.  In other words, we are “neighbors helping neighbors.”  More About Us