Community Chest earns well deserved recognition

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An organization that has helped thousands of children, adults and senior citizens over the years will earn some deserved recognition this week.

Camas-Washougal Community Chest has been in existence since 1946, but its members often do the charitable work quietly, albeit very passionately. On Thursday, the organization’s leaders will accept the Compassion for Seniors Award from Meals on Wheels People at its Spring Luncheon.

This award was created in 2006 to recognize one extraordinary individual or organization that has generously given their time, talent and funding to make a difference in the lives of older adults in the community.

According to Meals on Wheels, since 2008 it has received more than $26,000 from Community Chest to pay for food and supplies.

There are few single organizations that have done more to positively impact such a broad spectrum of Camas and Washougal citizens than Community Chest.

Community Chest, which funds grant requests from other non-profit organizations on an annual basis, recently doled out 15 grants totalling nearly $70,000 to groups including the Inter-Faith Treasure House, East County Family Resource Center, Meals on Wheels, Janus Youth Programs and the Camas Farmer’s Market.

To do its good work, Community Chest relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses, and the need continues to increase year-after-year.

To learn more about this organization, visit