Make a Difference

The Sewanee Community Chest fund drive has reached 67 percent of its goal to date (12/20/13).

Since 1908, the Sewanee Civic Association and its precursors have believed in the power of area citizens to help sustain community projects and programs. Through these associations, the community has funded many worthwhile endeavors, such as building and maintaining parks and the elementary school, helping to complete Alto Road, funding a state highway to the Marion County line, and underwriting blueprints for the stone gates.

The Sewanee Civic Association continues to organize the volunteer-led Community Chest, which raises tens of thousands of dollars yearly for local organizations. Through Community Chest funding, these organizations help those caught in the cycle of poverty, improve lives through outreach and community initiatives, and provide support for children with a variety of programs.

This year, the Community Chest has a goal of $108,000 to help fund 28 area programs and initiatives. The money raised in the community goes directly to organizations that support the following:

$28,000 for Community Aid (for organizations such as Community Action Committee, Folks at Home, Cumberland Center for Justice and Peace, South Cumberland Time Bank and St. Mark’s Community Center); $37,300 for Children (Sewanee Elementary School PTO, Sewanee Children’s Center, Campora Family Resource Center, TigerSharks, Little League and Scouting); $34,500 for Quality of Life (Phil White Dog Park, Fourth of July Celebration, Sewanee Senior Center, Sewanee Community Center, Thurmond Memorial Library, Sewanee Chorale, Sewanee Angel Park,  and the Sewanee Mountain Messenger); and $8,200 for Beyond Sewanee (Grundy County Food Bank, Franklin County Humane Society, Blue Monarch, Haven of Hope and Mountain Goat Trail).

Every dollar raised stays in the community, including paying for expenses such as printing and mailing. The Community Chest uses local print, graphic design and postal services. The website and email is staffed by a volunteer.

The Sewanee Civic Association encourages all of you who benefit from life in this community whether you live, work, or just visit, to give to the Community Chest. The Sewanee Community Chest is a 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax-deductible.

Make a donation via PayPal, or send your donation to PO Box 99, Sewanee TN 37375

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