Support Community Building
The Community Chest's mission has shifted over the years from being a funding source primarily to serving the community in a broader way. We now define our mission as "leading initiatives and supporting nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County." We have become a community builder.
Our funding has influenced the lives of nearly 50,000 people per year and has expanded well beyond Englewood, Englewood Cliffs and Tenafly. With our latest strategic plan, adopted in 2016, we expanded our service area from three towns, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs and Tenafly to include a total of 15 towns in eastern Bergen County.
A review of all of the agencies funded by the Community Chest revealed that residents of each of these towns received services at one time or another during the past several years. It was determined that an outreach should be done to each of these towns to tell them about The Community Chest and encourage them to become involved with us by volunteering or supporting our work.
While each of the municipalities is unique there are some universal issues in each town. All are concerned about the quality of life in their communities and about the quality of the education that is being provided to their students. Each school district is unique in its student body composition, school performance and relationship to the community. Research has shown that having strong community/school partnerships is a key determinant of educational excellence.
To address these concerns The Community Chest will sponsor an "Issues Summit", on March 22, 2019 on the topic of "Activating Community Supports for Education." The focus will be on building community partnerships to strengthen k-12 education community by community in eastern Bergen County. Interested citizens are welcome to participate in the summit. For more information contact Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568 - 7474.