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The Webster Community Chest Inc., incorporated in 1948, serves people in need and assists community organizations in the Webster area, ZIP code 14580.
The organization's services include weekly food distribution and emergency assistance through its Webster Food Cupboard, as well as distribution of food baskets at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The community chest also provides onetime financial awards to help residents in emergencies, and it awards "scholarships" that enable children to enjoy summer recreation.
Each year the organization honors a college-bound student from each of Webster's two public high schools by presenting the Shirley Miller Award, a scholarship recognizing young people who have performed significant community service. The award is named for the organization's former benefits counselor of nearly three decades. The community chest also makes grants to an array of public-benefit and charitable organizations in the Webster area.
The most important source of funds for the Webster Community Chest is its annual fund drive, currently under way, which solicits monetary donations from individuals and businesses. It also relies heavily on volunteer workers and donations of food for the food cupboard. It receives no funds from the town or other government sources.
In recent years, the chest has distributed more than 200,000 pounds of food to Webster families. During 2011, it responded to more than 2,000 calls. The food cupboard served more than 600 people who made 2,346 visits to the regular Tuesday distribution and 132 emergency visits. The chest distributed 221 holiday food baskets and provided Christmas gifts for 60 children. It funded summer recreation for 32 children. Forty-five families received emergency financial help.
The organization has two part-time employees, its benefits counselor and secretary. The office is at the Webster Town Hall, 1000 Ridge Road, and the website is www.webcommchest.org.
Financial record Year ending Dec. 31, 2011
Annual fundraising campaign $41,643 61
Donations, bequests, grants 9,430 14
Transfers 8,939 13
Other fundraisers 5,339 8
Food cupboard donations 2,351 3
Other 58 less than 1
Total revenue $67,760 100
Salaries and related expenses $26,561 30
Emergency assistance to individuals 18,629 21
Fundraising campaign 10,395 12
Food distribution 9,315 11
Aid to organizations 7,800 9
Summer recreation scholarships 5,975 7
Insurance 2,978 3
Office, telephone 1,869 2
Educational scholarships 1,050 1
Other 3,425 4
Total expenses $87,997 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses ($20,237)
Board of Directors
Scott Deverell, president; vice president and division manager, Stewart Title Insurance Co.
Erika Rodgers, vice president; support specialist, CDS Monarch Inc.
Therese Donovan, treasurer; strategic sourcing manager, Eastman Kodak Co.
Judith Bose; director of technical operations, Eastman Kodak Co.
John Carnevale; retired from Xerox Corp.
Roxanne Emler; campaign worker, Maggie Brooks for Congress
William Galbraith; retired from Hegedorn's Inc.
Mary Grenier; retired from Rochester City School District
Michael Grenier; self-employed, retired from Xerox Corp.
Denise Jones; owner, Party World Plus LLC
Andrew LaManna; director of project management, Catalyst Direct Inc.
Dan Robinson; retired from Xerox Corp.
Judith Sinaguglia; retired, working part time at Bay View Family YMCA
Philip Sinaguglia; retired, working part time at Bay View Family YMCA
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