Who We Help
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Mission: To improve, develop and care for the health, welfare and general well being of residents of the greater Webster community.
2,292 contacts to the Community Chest
2,051 visits to the Tuesday Surplus Food Distribution
600+ people served from the Food Cupboard
199 emergency visits to the Food Cupboard
201 holiday food baskets distributed
13 children received a summer recreation scholarship
41 families received emergency financial assistance
199 children received Christmas gifts
We are committed to helping organizations that strengthen our community by providing activities, and services for residents. We like to extend our resources to organizations for projects that may need extra funds. Organizations can write to Webster Community Chest 1000 Ridge Rd. Webster NY 14580 to request funds. The President may call the contact person and ask that they attend the next meeting to explain their project.
Webster Comfort Care
Webster Senior Citizens Luncheon
The Medical Equipment Loan Cupboard located at 985 Ebner Drive is now closed. You may borrow equipment or make donations to the Webster Masonic Service Bureau, located at 979 Bay Road. Please call them at 671-9730 for their hours and items available.
The Chest provides assistance with food for those Webster residents in need. All items are donated by Webster businesses, churches, schools, scout troops and individuals. The Food Cupboard is open by appointment and the individual is asked to provide proof of Webster residency and the reason they are in need. All items provided through the food cupboard are made possible by the generous donations of Webster residents & businesses and are available at no cost.
Each Tuesday evening there is a distribution of perishable food (vegetables, fruit, bread, dairy products, etc.) that has been regularly donated by Wegmans (Holt Road and Eastway), Hegedorns, BJs, Ridge Donut, Schutt's, and Panera Bread. Families who meet income guidelines are welcome to come as often as needed. Approximately 40 dedicate volunteers oversee this weekly program. Pictures of Tuesday food distribution.
Each Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas food baskets are assembled for families who qualify. School-aged children, in eligible families, also receive Christmas gifts.
School aged children, in families who qualify, may register to receive Christmas gifts. These new gifts are provided by the Community Chest, schools, churches, businesses, scout troops, individuals, and families. In addition, each year Hegedorn's puts up a tree with ornaments of needed items which can be taken from the tree and the item returned to the store.
Each child will receive clothing along with toys, games and books that they have checked off on a "wish list."
Our Christmas Gift Volunteer Coordinator spends several months preparing the information needed, organizing the names and wish lists with those in the community that want to "adopt" the children, and overseeing the 23 volunteers who will spend two weeks wrapping the gifts and getting them ready for the distribution.
The children's faces light up and the parents are very grateful. For some families, this is the only Christmas gifts they receive.
Shirley Miller was the Community Chest benefit's counselor for almost three decades. During those years, Shirley became the most visible part of the Community Chest working with those who most needed assistance. Each year the Webster Community Chest awards scholarships in Shirley's memory to Webster seniors. These seniors have performed significant community service.
The 2014 Shirley Miller Award winners are Brandon Link from Bishop Kearney, Nicole Gardner from Webster Thomas, and Patrick Gurnow from Webster Schroeder. (Same order in the picture)
The Webster Community Chest provides summer camp scholarships to children in Webster families that qualify. These scholarships are available for the Fun Camp programs offered through Webster Parks & Recreation.