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CPR Community Chest begins fundraising letter campaign

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - Updated: 9:30 AM


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The Canajoharie-Palatine-Root Community Chest will begin its annual fundraising letter campaign this week, dispersing over 3,000 letters to area residents in an attempt to raise money for local not-for-profit organizations.

This year's fundraising campaign is an especially important one. After nearly disbanding last year and being saved by a devoted group of individuals during the summer months, the organization wasn't able to launch their annual letter campaign, significantly diminishing their fundraising capabilities for 2014.

The group managed to raise $12,000, holding only a successful fundraising golf tournament at the Canajoharie Country Club, the profits from which will be dispersed this year to four local groups: the Canajoharie Senior Citizens, the Arkell Museum at Canajoharie and Canajoharie Library, the Canajoharie Community Youth Center and the Root Historical Society.

"We're on our way back up and working hard," said President Peter Lawrence, explaining that each funds-seeking group submits an application, which are then perused by a selection committee. Applications include each organization's revenue expenditures, a list of what the funding will be used for, information about who each group serves, and the impact of any potential donation.

Lawrence said the Root Historical Society, with the funding, will conduct professional interviews of lifelong area residents, recording and preserving history in their words and voices. "We're really excited about this project", Lawrence said.

The Canajoharie Senior Citizens will use the money for people who can't afford to go on club trips, the CYC will purchase equipment for their afterschool program, which Lawrence said "has really grown this past year," and the library will purchase "much-needed computers".

Lawrence said that though the Canajoharie-Palatine-Root Community Chest took a hit during last year's unsure months, significant benefits have been realized upon the group's reformation. He said, "I think we're a more active and committed group than it was before," though he said that some challenges do remain. 

One major challenge, said Lawrence, is the current state of the economy. He commented, "We have a lot of people who support our organization, but there's a lot of needy organizations out there struggling for money to do good things."

The group, consisting of 15 board members, has been working on the letter writing campaign for a few months, readying and constructing the letters, which will be sent this week. The campaign will run through June 30. Signs will traditionally go up in all the villages encompassed in the group's charter to inform people of how the fundraising mission is progressing.

"We're trying to do as much as we can to promote the fact that we're still here and we're still going," said Lawrence, explaining that though being a member of the group means devoting a lot of time to realizing its mission, the experience is endlessly rewarding.

He said, "It's really rewarding to be a part of this, because we assist local groups and we know exactly where the money is being spent, and we know it's helping our neighbors. The community chest really believes in investing in our community, and we think it's an important responsibility for all of us."

The group has already scheduled a date of Saturday, Sept. 6 for their annual golf tournament, which will again be held at the Canajoharie Country Club.

Not-for-profit organizations interested in obtaining a funding application can contact the community chest by email at:


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