Community Chest Spotlight: Folks at Home


The 2021-22 Sewanee Community Chest Fund Drive is underway. Sponsored by the Sewanee Civic Association, the Sewanee Community Chest raises money yearly for local charitable organizations serving the area. This year’s goal of $102,291 will help 20 organizations that have requested basic needs funding for quality of life, community aid, children’s programs, and those who are beyond Sewanee but still serve our entire community.

This week we shine the spotlight on Folks at Home.

Folks at Home (F@H) began as a grassroots project, sponsored by the Parish of St. Mark and St. Paul (formerly Otey Memorial Parish). In 2010, the organization began its first full year of operation. F@H is a local nonprofit organization developed for and dedicated to assisting its members in continuing a dignified and comfortable lifestyle in the community through coordination of services they need during elder years.

In 2020, F@H delivered an astounding total of 1,937 services of which 511 were delivered pro-bono. Continued Sewanee Community Chest support was critical during a time when F@H expanded its services for the good of the whole community, for example, taking over meal delivery to the home-bound when the Sewanee Senior Citizens Center had to close its doors because of COVID.

F@H will receive $5,000 from the Sewanee Community Chest for general operating support in the community aid and quality of life funding areas. F@H provides or coordinates services such as transportation, errands, home-care, home visits, phone check-ins, technology support, pet walking, and the popular durable medical checkout program. In addition to the 95 annual subscribing members, F@H provides pro bono services to non-members in the area. With the help of the Community Chest, F@H can continue to pursue the mission of empowering individuals to live at home with dignity in the community they love.

Since 1908, the goal of the Sewanee Community Chest has been to help citizens by funding the community. With Community Chest donations, local organizations provide for basic needs such as books, food, animal care, housing, scholarships, recreational spaces, elder care, children’s educational needs and more. The Sewanee Community Chest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and donations are tax-deductible. Send your donation to Sewanee Community Chest, P.O. Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375. Go to <http://sewaneecivic.org>; for more information or to donate online.

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