Community Chest Spotlight: Marion Animal Resource Connection

The 2022-23 Sewanee Community Chest (SCC) Fund Drive is underway. Sponsored by the Sewanee Civic Association, the SCC raises money yearly for local charitable organizations serving the area. This year’s goal of $106,425 will help 17 organizations that have requested basic needs funding for quality of life, community aid, children’s programs, and those who are beyond Sewanee but still serve our entire community.
This week we shine the spotlight on the Marion Animal Resource Connection, MARC.
MARC’s mission is to improve the lives of animals through spay/neuter, humane education, and rescue/rehoming. Through its directors and volunteers, MARC provides education for children and adults about humane care and treatment of animals. MARC connects people with affordable spay/neuter procedures to begin decreasing the number of unwanted and costly litters. MARC works with county and town governments to prevent needless killing of impounded dogs and cats. MARC works with individuals and other animal groups to try to find good homes for unwanted dogs and cats.
MARC responds to requests for help from people in Marion and its surrounding counties of Grundy, bordering areas Franklin, Sequatchie, and bordering areas of Georgia and Alabama. Clients include those that find, help, or are concerned about the many animals dumped, abused, or neglected. MARC frequently helps Sewanee and area residents with found stray animals or when rehoming of animals is desired. They especially reach out to low income people to get their pets altered and to help with food or with warmer shelter in the winter.
MARC will receive $7,000 in general operating support in the Beyond Sewanee funding area. In addition to spay/neuter expenses, many rescued dogs have heart worms or tick borne diseases which MARC treats. Heartworm treatments are very costly and depend on the size of the dog. The majority of dogs in the MARC program are medium to large in size. MARC also frequently pays for surgical procedures on the animals rescued. All too often orthopedic surgery is required after animals have been injured by vehicles or caught in traps and other objects. A Sewanee Community Chest grant will help more people and animals have better lives.
Since 1908, the goal of the Sewanee Community Chest has been to help citizens by funding the community. With Community Chest donations, local organizations provide for basic needs such as books, food, animal care, housing, scholarships, recreational spaces, elder care, children’s educational needs and more. The Sewanee Community Chest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax-deductible. Send your donation to Sewanee Community Chest, P.O. Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375. To donate through PayPal Giving, go to

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