The Brookfield Community Chest completed its annual community giving campaign and awarded funds to local nonprofits July 23.
The community chest was able to raise more than $10,000 for many local nonprofit organizations.
The Brookfield Community Chest began their annual giving campaign began earlier this year and it has since ended. The community chest waited to award the funds due to receiving some extra money after the deadline.
In total, ten local nonprofits received money from the community chest. The organizations include, the Animal Shelter of Linn County, Brookfield Area Growth Partnership Alumni Association, Main Connection, Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, Brookfield Senior Center, Linn County Health Department, Ministries of Linn County Food Pantry and general help fund and the YMCA of North Central Missouri.
According to community chest secretary/treasurer Gina Smith, she hopes to help old and new recipients.
“We send out applications to previous recipients to let them know we are beginning our campaign again, but we’re always looking for new organizations,” Smith said.
All of the organizations who received money this year have received funding from the community chest in the past.
Many local nonprofits depend on this annual fundraiser each year for funding shortfalls. For example, the Animal Shelter of Linn County only receives about $90,000 annually. They depend on money from citizens and the community chest to keep them going every year.
The animal shelter has received funding in the past to pay off vet bills and update computers. This year the animal shelter hopes to take on a bigger project updating their kennels and resealing their flooring.
Community chest President Karen Wheatcraft wants to help a wide breadth of people.
“We try to impress it’s not just Brookfield that receives benefits from the community chest,” Wheatcraft said. “All of these organizations help many, many people in the county.”
The YMCA is using money from the community chest to add to their youth program scholarships. The scholarships allow many local kids to participate in sports at no-cost. More than 100 area kids participate in the programs every year.
The Brookfield Community Chest has been giving to local nonprofits since 1996. So far, the organizations has given more than $250,000 to local nonprofits.
Smith says the group wanted to help fundraise, where others could not.
“The original idea of the community chest was to alleviate some of the burden from local businesses when they held fundraisers,” Smith said.