3/9/15 -Spring Fling Tickets Available!

The fantastic spring fundraising party will be held on April 10th at the deCordova Museum + Sculpture Park.

The evening will feature a dj, food and open bar. Bring your party shoes!

The Community Chest will introduce its Giving Tree - partygoers will have the opportunity to buy a leaf, be entered into a special raffle, celebrate spring and the spirit of giving in our community.


Click here to purchase Spring Fling tickets.

3/5/15 - Volunteer Service Awards 2015 - Applications Available

The Community Chest is pleased to announce that is is accepting nominations for the 2015 Volunteer Service Awards. All high school students from Concord and Carlisle who are in good academic standing and who have demonstrated a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer commitment towards human services are encouraged to apply. Completed applications are due on April 10, 2015. Awards will be presented at the Class Act event at CCHS on May 20, 2015.

Click here for a full description of the award and criteria for consideration.

Click here for the complete application package.

2/6/15 - Laura Schroff to be featured at Women in Philanthropy Luncheon on March 12th.

The 4th Annual Women in Philanthropy Luncheon will be held on March 12th. This popular event is an annual celebration of Women in Philanthropy month.

This year, the Chest brings NY Times best-selling author Laura Schroff to the event. Laura will share her story, featured in her book, An Invisible Thread, of her unlikely interaction with an 11 year old panhandler in New York City and the inspiring love and friendship that followed. It is the story of the mysterious, unseen connections that exist between people who are destined to meet—and how, if only we open our eyes and our hearts to them, these connections can be the great blessings of our lives.

The luncheon will be held at Nashawtuc Country Club at 12:00pm. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased in advance. Tables of 8 may also be reserved.

Click here to reserve a space and for more details.

2/3/15 - Grant Review Process Underway

Tonight, a team of 35 dedicated volunteers from Concord and Carlisle gathered to begin the important annual review of grant applications received by the Chest. This year, the Chest received 30 applications for funding from local programs and non-profits, which will be carefully evaluated over the next several months. Members of the Grant Allocations Committee include: Faith Bade, Kevin Balboni, Susanna, Barton, Alyson Becker, Sandy Caggiano, Paul Caliandro, Pam Callahan, Jim Carter, Hedi Charde, Lauren Dillon, Kelly Driscoll, Jean Easterday, Christina Economos, Mark Engerman, Jeff Fraser, Bob Furey, Jennifer Gates, Natalie Gekle, Sarah Hoch, Laura Hoffman, Ben James, Caty Kessler, Heather MacPhee, Greg Mueller, Lesley Nesbitt, Meri-Sue Nuzum, Seema Peterson, Wade Rubinstein, Sally Schnitzer, Carol Smith, Jennifer Soillis, Alison Sullivan, Beth Thut, Richard Wells and Dianne Wesselhoeft. Thank you for all of your work!

2/1/15 - The Chest Moves its Office Space!

The Chest has relocated its offices to 19 Main Street in Concord Center. We are thrilled to have our new space be at the crossroad between Concord and Carlisle. We hope to have an open house this spring, so stay tuned! In the meantime, please stop by to say hello if you are in the neighborhood! Regular office hours are M-Th 8:30am-2:00pm or by appointment.


2/1/15 - Save the Date for Spring Fling!


Polish off your party shoes and get ready for our fun spring party!

Watch for more information and invitations coming soon!





12/1/14 - Jeff Bauman to speak on February 11th ***RESCHEDULED***

Pre-registration for this event is closed. Please join us at 7:30pm at the Trinitarian Congregational Church, 54 Walden Street, Concord.

Join us on our rescheduled date, Wednesday, February 11th at 7:30pm at the Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord. Jeff will be available for a book signing and light refreshments will be served immediately following the presentation. Click on the link below to reserve your free seat.

The Chest is pleased to announce Jeff Bauman as featured speaker for its 2015 Community Speaker event. Jeff is a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, author and Carlisle resident. He will speak about his ordeal and his healing. This community event will take place on 1/27 at 7:30pm at the Fenn School and is free of charge and open to the public. Space is limited; reservations are strongly suggested.

11/18/14 - CCCC & Concord Youth Services sponsor Holiday Gift Drive

Help a Concord or Carlisle resident struggling this holiday season. Click here for gift drop locations and wish list items.

11/10/14 - Community Chest seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant

The Community Chest seeks an energetic person to join our team! The position would be approximately 8-10 hours/wk, September-June. Click here for more details and for information of how to apply.

9/22/14 - 3rd Annual PumpkinFest Announced

Calling all ghosts and goblins!  The 3rd Annual PumpkinFest will be held on October 19th from 2:00-4:00pm at Emerson Field.  Be sure to join us for a fun-filled family afternoon complete with games, food, music, crafts, a costume parade and much more!! 

Click here for more information.

Pre-registration for PumpkinFest is closed. Walk-in registrations ($15 per child) are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there!!


6/16/14 - 2014-15 Board Members Announced

The Community Chest is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2014-15. The Chest is extremely grateful for the commitment these individuals have made to further the mission of the Chest. Board members include: Faith Bade, Alyssa Bigay, Amy Capofreddi, Liza Carey, Laura Davidian, Kelly Driscoll, Jean Easterday, Bob Furey, Liz Harvey, Amanda Young Hickman, Cary Keller, Paul Mahoney, Seema Peterson, Wade Rubinstein, Trish Siefer, Carol Smith, Henry Vaillant, Lora Venesy.

6/12/14 - Annual Day of Giving

The Community Chest held its annual Day of Giving at First Parish Hall. 2014 grant awards were presented to 32 local programs and a total of $560,000 was awarded. Community members, town officials, program ambassadors and Community Chest representatives joined together at this celebratory ceremony and breakfast gathering. Click here to see programs awarded 2014 grants.

5/21/14 - Volunteer Service Award Winners Announced

The Community Chest was thrilled to present 27 Volunteer Service Awards at the CCHS Class Act Awards on May 21st. Award winners demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism in human services, including working at a food pantry, in the hospital environment and with the physically or mentally disabled, the elderly, or young children. 2014 award winners are: Rachel Acquaviva, Katelin Bishop, Vineet Chandra, Michelle Chen, Kurtis Chien-Young, Megan Driscoll, Jane Fulshaw, Jack Gardner, Kiley Harris, Peter Hart, Jordan Hill, Andrew Kielar, Tara Kielty, Christina Kim, Laura Kolstad, Jared Koval, Monica Lyons, Myles O'Leary, Lauren Rayson, Brian Szczesniak, Josh Szczesniak, Olivia Thayer, Lucy Wang, Abigail Wester, Isabelle Williams, Hannah Wohlfahrt.

3/28/14 - Volunteer Service Awards 2014 - Applications Available

The Community Chest is pleased to announce that is is accepting nominations for the 2014 Volunteer Service Awards. All high school students from Concord and Carlisle who are in good academic standing and who have demonstrated a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer commitment towards human services are encouraged to apply. Completed applications are due on April 28, 2014. Awards will be presented at the Class Act event at CCHS on May 21, 2014.

Click here for the complete application package.

3/15/14 - It's Spring Fling!! The Community Chest Fundraising Party

It's going to be a blast and raise money for a great cause! Shake away the winter blues, catch up with friends, enjoy fabulous food and drinks and dance to the music of The Marsels. Join the Community Chest on Friday, April 4th at 7:00pm at the deCordova Museum. Tickets are $150pp and include heavy hors d'oeuvres, open bar, live music and lots of fun! Tickets for this event are sold out.

3/7/14 - 3rd Annual Luncheon celebrating Women in Philanthropy

In celebration of National Women in Philanthropy month, over 100 Concord and Carlisle women attended a luncheon on March 6th, sponsored by the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest. The luncheon was held at Nashawtuc Country Club and featured special guest speaker Dr. Nancy Hendrie.

Dr. Hendrie is a Concord resident, a long-time Community Chest supporter, and the founder of The Sharing Foundation. She spoke passionately about The Sharing Foundation, an international non-profit whose mission is to “help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia” and how one can her own unique passion.

Click here to view the recorded version of Dr. Hendrie's presentation.

1/28/14 - Author Lee Woodruff speaks to Concord & Carlisle residents

pictured l to r: Karen Bechtel, Executive Director, Christine Kielar, Associate Director,Lee Woodruff, Libby Kurten, Bookkeeper

Author Lee Woodruff addressed a crowd of several hundred Concord and Carlisle residents at the Fenn School on Monday, January 27th. With humor and candor, Ms. Woodruff shared the story of her husband Bob's traumatic brain injury, his miraculous recovery, the importance of community during that long journey and how the experience prompted the Woodruffs to reach out to help others.

To view a recorded version of Ms. Woodruff's talk, click here.