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May Day!

We put out the final call to raise the much-needed funds to fully support local organizations with this year’s Community Chest drive at our annual membership meeting April 18. At that time, we were short of goal by $33,000.

The community listened, and we have raised $6,521 more! Thank you!!!!

We have $26,479 left to raise by May 1. Can you help?

Send your donation to PO Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375 or use the PayPal link.

Together we can!

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The Community Chest gives yearly, sustaining support to the following organizations:

Girl Scout Troop 2107, $200

Sewanee Spoken Word, $200

S Double A Ranch, $250

Friday Night in the Park, $300

American Legion, $435

Sewanee Angel Park, $500

TigerSharks Swim Team, $500

Boy Scout Troop 14, $500

Dog Park, $600

Cub Scout Pack 152, $700

Sewanee Chorale, $750

St. Mark’s Community Center, $800

Blue Monarch, $1,000

South Cumberland Farmer Market, $1,000

Mt. Goat Trail Alliance, $1,800

Fourth of July Celebration, $2,000

St. James/Midway Community Park, $2,000

Franklin County Humane Society, $3,000

Sewanee Community Center, $4,500

Folks at Home, $5,500

MARC, $8,500

Housing Sewanee, $10,000

Community Action Committee, $11,000

Sewanee Mountain Messenger, $12,000

Children’s Center, $12,000

Senior Citizen’s Center, $12,000

SES Parent Organization, $25,000

 

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May Day!

In 1908, a group of concerned citizens started the Sewanee Civic Association with the primary purpose of raising funds for municipal improvements not otherwise available to an unincorporated town without taxes. This year, based on the demonstrated needs of local organizations, we set a lofty Community Chest goal. Our 2017-18 drive ends May 1, and we’re currently $31,149 short. Mayday, mayday, mayday. If you’ve never donated to the Community Chest, this is the year to start. If you know someone new to town, please inform them about the Chest and encourage them to give. If you have already donated this year, thank you, and could you do a little more? After May 1, if we haven’t reached our goal, cuts will have to be made. Together we can turn this plea into a May Day celebration. When we hit our goal on May 1, we will be dancing in the streets!

Send your donation to P.O. Box 99, Sewanee, TN 37375 or give through PayPal donate button.

The Community Chest gives yearly, sustaining support to the following organizations:

Girl Scout Troop 2107, $200

Sewanee Spoken Word, $200

S Double A Ranch, $250

Friday Night in the Park, $300

American Legion, $435

Sewanee Angel Park, $500

TigerSharks Swim Team, $500

Boy Scout Troop 14, $500

Dog Park, $600

Cub Scout Pack 152, $700

Sewanee Chorale, $750

St. Mark’s Community Center, $800

Blue Monarch, $1,000

South Cumberland Farmer Market, $1,000

Mt. Goat Trail Alliance, $1,800

Fourth of July Celebration, $2,000

St. James/Midway Community Park, $2,000

Franklin County Humane Society, $3,000

Sewanee Community Center, $4,500

Folks at Home, $5,500

MARC, $8,500

Housing Sewanee, $10,000

Community Action Committee, $11,000

Sewanee Mountain Messenger, $12,000

Children’s Center, $12,000

Senior Citizen’s Center, $12,000

SES Parent Organization, $25,000

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Sewanee Community Chest Spotlight: South Cumberland Farmer’s Market

The 2017-18 Sewanee Community Chest (SCC) Fund Drive is underway. Sponsored by the Sewanee Civic Association, the SCC raises money yearly for local charitable organizations serving the area. This year’s goal will help local 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. Currently, $85,000 of the goal has been raised in donations and pledges.

This week we shine the spotlight on the South Cumberland Farmer’s Market.

The South Cumberland Farmer’s Market (SCFM) is an organization of farmers and agricultural producers who work together to facilitate and expand the sales of local products; provide education and support to farmers and consumers; and lay the groundwork for a just, equitable, and sustainable local food economy.  The vision of the SCFM is to create a vibrant local food economy that provides prosperity to farmers and rural communities and increases access to fresh, healthy, local food for everyone.

More than 60 farm/producer families are registered growers who benefit economically by selling through the SCFM. An average of 50 customer families a week have access to reasonably priced, fresh locally grown food by purchasing through the SCFM. It’s not uncommon for small farmers and producers who get their start at the market to expand their business to wholesale customers.  Two examples are the Bread Peddler whose baked goods are now available at the Piggly Wiggly and elsewhere and Brown’s Hollar Creations, which is now a source for eggs purchased by University Food Services.

SCFM is requesting $1,000 to aid in maintaining the market manager’s pay at a level comparable to minimum wage. The SCFM was established in 2007 on a nonprofit model. The market manager is the only paid employee. Volunteers contribute nearly 100 hours a month to facilitate the operation of the market. In 2012, SCFM was refused nonprofit status by the state of Tennessee because the market’s primary mission is not charitable or educational, but rather to increase the sales base for local farmers and provide the community with fresh, locally grown food. In 2013, the market began assessing farmers a 3 percent fee on all sales to pay a market manager. As of September 1, 2016, SCFM had no market manager due to the low wage, and was in danger of closing. To make the market manager position more attractive, SCFM scaled back the market manager’s responsibilities and raised the market manager’s wage slightly by increasing the fee assessed to farmers to 4 percent. With the combination of reduced duties and generous Community Chest gift, the market manager now earns over $8 per hour.

Since 1908, the goal of the Sewanee Community Chest has been to help citizens by funding the community. Through Community Chest donations, local organizations provide for basic needs in the community such as books, food, 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.

 

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