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Community Chest of Port Washington

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy

Mission: The primary purpose of the community chest is to distribute grants to carefully screened not for profit organizations that provide a wide range of services to the residents of port washington. The community chest also rents space within its facility to non profit organizations at below market rates, helping them fulfill their missions.

Target demographics: The Residents of Port Washington.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6,500 residents

Geographic areas served: Port Washington, NY

Programs: The community chest awarded grants ranging from $2,000 to $50,000 to 26 not for profit 501(c)(3) organizations for specific programs or general operating expenses. These organizations provided services to port washington residents which included: day care; domestic violence and child abuse prevention classes; college scholarships; job training; recreational, athletic, and educational opportunities for children and teens; food distribution to the indigent; programs for those with alzheimer's, mental health and substance abuse counseling; and cultural programs. Reports from these agencies indicate more than 6,500 residents benefited from the services provided by community chest grants to these organizations. the community chest rented approximately 13500 square feet of space at less than fair value rates to nine not for profits. These rates included provision of heat, electricity and water. The organizations renting these spaces used them to offer: an art cooperative that offers programming for youths and adults; a job training program for adults with disabilities; a charitable thrift store, environmental protection and education programs; after school tutoring and activities for youth; assistance for the indigent; special needs soccer, and programs concerned with the preservation of the cultural traditions of long island.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the board of directors I listen to the needs of the local not for profit organizations, and they are all worthy of grants. The community chest has provided over $300,000 to these not for profits for the past several years. Some programs simply would not exist without the support of the community chest.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was very impressed when I learned of what the Chest does, and how it went about providing grants to local not for profit groups serving the Port Washington NY community. It's motto of "The people of Port helping the people of Port" just struck me as the type of organization I should support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Working with the Community Chest of Port Washington shows me what a diverse and yet cohesive community we are. Helping to fund over 25 local organizations a year is a privilege. Through your donations to the Chest, you assist hundreds of our neighbors, young and old. If you read this, please consider increasing your annual support of our community.

Hope to see you at Pride In Port and subsequent community get-together s.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I moved to port Washington in1985 and started volunteering with my neighbor with the door to door campaign . Which then turn into helping at the phone-A-thon and thanksgiving race. And now I am a board member and enjoy raising money for this non profit oraganiation which helps so many people and other organizations in our community. My favorite event us the thanksgiving race watching so many people from port and other places gather to be with family's and friends to either walking or run. So please support the community chest of port Washington!