(December 29, 2016) The Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin has concluded its grant-making year with $127,500 in grants to a variety of non-profit programs serving New Britain and Berlin, bringing its total amount of grant dollars awarded for 2016 to more than one quarter of a million dollars.

The Community Chest Board of Directors voted this month to award the following grants:

CCARC. A $20,000 grant in support of the agency’s Personal Education and Enrichment through Respite Services (PEERS) programs. PEERS offers socialization through community activities, providing critical respite for caregivers.

Center for Children’s Advocacy. A $15,000 grant for the Center’s Medical Legal Partnership Program.

Coalition for New Britain’s Youth.  A $12,500 grant for the Coalition Collective Impact Project.

Coram Deo. A $20,000 grant for the Client Care Program. Coram Deo provides recovery services including transitional housing, case management and employment services to women and their families dealing with substance abuse.

Foodshare. A $15,000 grant in support of Foodshare’s work to address hunger in the New Britain community through its Mobile Foodshare Program.

Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut. A $10,000 grant for general operating support to improve the literacy of adult students and their families in New Britain.

Mayor’s Workplan to End Homelessness. A $15,000 grant for a new Work Plan Coordinator position.

Queen Ann Nzinga Center. A $10,000 grant to support the Center’s Nzinga’s Watoto community education program.

YWCA Strive. A $10,000 grant to support the Youth Development program.

Since 1919, the Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin has played a vital role in meeting local health and human service needs. A local and independent Board of Directors identifies and invests resources twice yearly in programs and initiatives benefitting the New Britain and Berlin communities. For more information, visit