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The Community Chest of Port Washington

The Community Chest of Port Washington awards grants to 25 local charities whose funded programs serve close to 10,000 people, or one in three Port residents.

These Community Chest grants deliver  a range of needed services to our community, including  social and nutritional programs for seniors, leadership programs and scholarships for children, youth and veterans,  job training, college scholarships, food distribution, childcare and parenting education, cultural enrichment scholarships and more.

In addition, the Community Chest provides office space for  nonprofit organizations at below-market rates, to help them achieve their missions. Your one donation supports 25 groups that provide vital services to Port Washingtonians in need.


Contact Us

To volunteer, learn more, sign up for our monthly e-blasts and/or to receive email notifications of Community Chest sponsored events, contact:

Julie Meer Harnick, Executive Director
382 Main Street
Port Washington, NY 11050

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Agency Highlights

  • Spectrum Designs Foundation

    Spectrum is a social enterprise (screen printing, embroidery and digital direct to garment printing) dedicated to offering individuals with autism, who have the most challenging employment barriers, a place to practice, develop and gain employability skills.

  • LI Alzheimer’s Foundation

    Funding from the Chest helps maintain early stage Alzheimer’s client support groups, an adult day care program, and caregiver support groups and retreats.


  • Port Washington Youth Council (the Pit)


    The PiT provides a supervised, safe and welcoming space for teens in grades 6-12 in the evening and on the weekends to plan and implement activities, events and parties, while building a community of teenage leaders. Facebook: The PiT at Landmark


  • PW Special Education PTA

    The Community Chest funds SEPTA's Sibshop activities and peer support for the siblings of special needs children.

  • Littig House Community Center

    Chest funds support the Center’s operating budget, which offers year around education programs, support services and recreational activities for youth and families.


  • Be the Best Sport (BTBS)

    BTBS provides recreational athletic programs that address the physical and healthy development of children, ages 18 and under with special needs.

  • Port Counseling Center


    Port Counseling Center provides comprehensive outpatient chemical dependency treatment services, psychosocial assessments, vocational counseling, psychiatric evaluations, adolescent pregnancy prevention, juvenile justice projects and two Alcoholics Anonymous groups.



  • Community Scholarship Fund

    Every year the Chest funds scholarships based on need to qualified high school seniors who are going on to post-secondary education.


  • PW Special Education PTA - Creative Chefs

    Creative Chef program helps middle school aged children who are classified with a disability become more self sufficient in cooking and meal preparation, nutrition, kitchen safety, food labels and socializing while eating.

  • Child Abuse Prevention Services

    Funds from the Chest support this organization in carrying out its mission to prevent child abuse and neglect through school and community awareness education programs.


  • PW Children’s Center

    Funds are used for scholarships and operating expenses to provide year-round, affordable, quality child care. Full time, before and after school, and vacation programs are offered.


  • Port Washington Parent Resource Center - Outreach and ESL Programs



    The PRC Outreach Program establishes a support network for low-income families with young children by providing parenting, Pre-Kindergarten and enrichment classes,  as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) classes with babysitting and transportation.

  • Helen Keller National Center Destiny Home

    Destiny Home is a residential house for five Port Washington residents who are deaf-blind and have developmental disabilities, that allows them to benefit from a desired lifestyle through accessibility, communication and community engagement.

  • PW Boy Scouts


    Port Washington Boy Scouts – Troop 7

    Troop 7 has a 100 year history of preparing young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the ideals of duty, honor, helpfulness, courtesy, citizenship and leadership.


  • Port Youth Activities (PYA)

    Funds provided by the Chest support scholarships for children in need which enable them to participate in over 18 team sports.


  • EAC - Sr. Community Services Center

    Funding from the Chest is used to provide seniors with transportation to and from the Center, for shopping and trips, and to supply entertainment and materials for special events.

  • North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center

    Chest funds are used by this multi-disciplinary agency for program expenses to help Port Washington families in need address developmental, social, emotional and education issues.


  • PW Senior Citizens Center

    Chest funds support the operating budget enabling the center to provide nutritious meals, and opportunities for socialization and activities for senior citizens.


  • PW Community Action Council

    The Chest grant helps to fund the CAC Youth Enrichment Program; providing elementary and middle school students with academic assistance, nutrition, and recreational activities after school. 

  • PW Soccer Club

    The Chest provides soccer scholarships for fees and equipment for those youth who otherwise could not afford to participate.


  • The Safe Center LI (TSCLI)



    TSCLI, formerly the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, provides counseling for victims of domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault, secure housing for women and children in imminent danger, trauma counseling, case management services as well as educational, advocacy, and prevention programs.




  • Twin Pines Consumer Association

    Chest funds support a work training program for young adults with disabilities and provide operating expenses for a van to distribute food to organizations that assist the needy.


  • Girl Scouts of Nassau County

    Chest funds support training for local leaders, provide program materials and scholarships so girls can participate in activities that develop self confidence and leadership skills.


  • Landmark on Main Street

    Funds provided by the Chest are used for tickets to cultural events for children and their families, who would otherwise not be able to afford to attend performances.


  • Science Museum of Long Island (SMLI)


    SMLI makes science education exciting and fun for children using innovative, interactive and hands-on techniques.  Community Chest grant is for SMLI collaboration with Port Washington Children’s Center after-school program.

  • Grassroots Environmental Education, Inc.

    Grassroots informs the public about the health risks of common environmental exposures and empowers residents to act as catalysts for change in their own communities through their educational programs and advocacy work as well as in the running of the Dodge Family Homestead Farm and the Port Washington Organic Farmers’ market.

  • PWEF - Education Support Center



    The PWEF Education Support Center serves the dual purpose of providing academic assistance for at-risk third graders while providing an opportunity for community service to teens, adults, and seniors in Port Washington.




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