About Us

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The Need is Great

Poverty has found a home in Benzie County. It does not discriminate among genders, age groups, or geographical location and it is becoming a rapidly growing concern.

Although the signs aren’t as visible as one might expect, evidence strongly suggest that hunger, homelessness, isolation, lack of adequate health care and a growing population of working poor families is a concern that must be addressed in our community.

Giving Hope to Benzie is Our Mission

The Benzie County Community Chest is a charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. We work to raise dollars that support and strengthen programs that assist disadvantaged families in our community. We provide fundraising resources to other non-profit groups, and act as a referral agency for families in need.

Our service to Benzie County began in 1966. Our mission continues to be to improve quality of life through active support and service that helps establish, ensure and strengthen programs that promote the health and wellness of Benzie County and its residents.

Benzie County Community Chest Donation Information
Our 2024 Goal

To raise $100,000 to provide:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Crisis Services
  • Abuse Prevention
  • Senior Services
  • Life Skill Building
  • Education

Donated dollars stay in Benzie County! We use an extensive qualification and review process before awarding grants and are proud of the results achieved by these deserving organizations. Together, we all can help make Benzie a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

Community Chest

Board of Directors

 

Bill Dundon
Bill Dundon

Vice President, interim President & Treasurer

Jon Ottinger
Jon Ottinger

Board Secretary

Steve Stephens
Steve Stephens

Board Director

Thor Goff
Thor Goff

Board Director

Kathy Neveu
Kathy Neveu

Board Director

Steve Mitchell
Steve Mitchell

Board Director

Jim Gribble
Jim Gribble

Executive Director