Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin Ends 2017 Grantmaking Year with More than $120,000 in Grants

New Britain, Conn., January 5, 2017 – The Friendship Service Center, Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut and Foodshare are among the local non-profit service programs to benefit from more than $120,000 in 2017 year-end grants from the Community Chest of Berlin and New Britain.

The Community Chest board of directors, at its December meeting, approved $121,765 in grants to seven programs serving Berlin and New Britain. Combined with $116,000 in grants awarded in June, the Community Chest provided $237,765 in grant funding to 17 different non-profit organizations in 2017.

Following is a complete list of the Community Chest’s December grants:

CCARC. A $20,000 grant in support of the Personal Education and Enrichment through Respite Services (PEERS) Programs.

Coram Deo. A $20,000 grant for the Client Care Program.

Foodshare. A $20,000 grant in support of Foodshare’s work to address hunger in the New Britain community through the Mobile Foodshare Program.

Friendship Service Center. A $20,000 grant for the Emergency Shelter and Community Kitchen to support the poor and homeless population.

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.

Veterans, Inc. A $16,765 grant for a resident advisor (RA) position at the housing facility in New Britain.

YWCA Strive. A $15,000 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