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The Board of the Community Chest of Port Washington approved allocations totaling $223,000 for 2005-2006 to local nonprofit organizations at its meeting on June 22. Funds will be distributed based on the recommendations of the Community Chest's Budget & Admissions Committee, which interviewed representatives of the organizations, evaluated their proposals, and analyzed how the Chest's funds could be put to best use for the welfare of local residents.

Twenty-six organizations will share these funds, receiving four quarterly payments. The amount of money available for distribution in the coming year is less than last year due to a shortfall in the Community Chest's nearly completed fund-raising campaign. As a result, no agency received an increase in their allocation, and most received a decrease. The largest allocation was awarded to Littig house Community Center, which offers youth and family development programs, tutoring and recreational activities.

"Deciding who to cut back, and how much, was incredibly difficult," said Arlene Labenson, chairperson of the Budget & Admissions Committee. "Each of these agencies provides important services for Port residents and the committee really struggled with how to distribute the money." Some of the criteria used to decide how much money to give each organization include: 1) how important CCPW funds are to the agency's continued operation; 2) how valuable the agency's services are to Port Washington residents; 3) how closely the agency aligns with the mission of the CCPW; and 4) how important CCPW funds are to the expansion of needed programs and services.

Other agencies that will be funded by the Community Chest in 2005-2006 are: Boy Scout Troop 241; Child Abuse Prevention Services; Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Community Scholarship Fund; EAC-Senior Community Service Center; EAC-Youth Works; Family & Children's Association; Girl Scouts of Nassau County; Hospice Care Network; John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Shell; Landmark on Main Street; LI Alzheimer's Foundation; Mental Health Association of Nassau County; North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center; North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation; Parent Resource Center; Port Athletic League; Port Counseling Center; Port Washington Youth Council; Port Washington Children's Center; Port Washington Soccer Club; Port Washington Twin Pines Consumers Association; Port Washington Senior Citizens; Port Youth Activities; and St. Francis Hospital.

The Community Chest of Port Washington is a not-for-profit organization established in 1949 to raise funds for distribution to local charities dedicated to improving people's lives. Donations to the Community Chest support these charities' programs in Port Washington, including services for children, seniors, families, and everyone in our community, exemplifying the spirit of "The People of Port Helping the People of Port." For more information about the Community Chest of Port Washington, please call 767-2121 or visit our website at www.portchest.org.


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