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Community Chest of Port Washington
382 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050

Community Chest of Port Washington is a not-for-profit organization established more than 50 years ago to raise fundsMore for distribution to local charities dedicated to improving people's lives. Community Chest funds support these charities' programs in Port Washington, including services for senior citizens, children and teenagers, victims of domestic violence and others in need.

The Community Chest raises funds through its Annual Campaign, which runs from October through May. Recent fundraising initiatives include the Thanksgiving Day Run and the Manhasset Bay Kayak Run. The goal for the 2009-2010 Annual Campaign is $300,000.

Today, the Port Washington Community Chest's Annual Campaign goal is almost 10 times its initial goal, and funds are distributed to 21 local charitable organizations, also called Funded Organizations.

Together, these organizations provide services for an estimated 7,500, more than one in four Port Washington residents.

Port Washington Senior Community Service Center
9 Carlton Ave, Port Washington, NY 11050

The Port Washington Senior Community Service Center is a lively gathering place for senior citizens. Located in St.More Stephen's church, the facility has been in operation for more than 35 years. Rather than face the prospect of lonely weekdays, seniors flock to the center to enjoy a nutritious lunch, and musical and cultural performances.

Exercise, Tai Chi and Yoga classes help seniors remain fit and healthy. Monthly birthday parties and holiday celebrations feature local musicians and performances by children from area schools.

Door-to-door transportation and trips to shopping centers and banks are offered daily. Professional staff offer assistance with completing medical forms and make referrals for services such as food stamps and financial counseling.

Funding is provided by the Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs, the NYS Office for the Aging and the U.S. Department of Health. The Center is supported by the Town of North Hempstead and the Community Chest of Port Washington. 

The John Philip Sousa Bandshell
325 Main St, Port Washington, NY 11050
The memorial band shell is named after former Sands Point resident John Philip Sousa, the late composer popularlyMore proclaimed "The March King." Funded entirely through community donations, local citizen Gay Pearsall conceived of the idea, spearheaded the project and spent several years fundraising for its construction. Its final dedication took place in  1977. Located directly on Manhasset Bay and next to the Town Dock, the band shell offers free student, community based and professional concerts in the summer, weather permitting. It's first-come, first-serve for the best view but is strictly a "bring your own lawn chair" type of event. The concerts are sponsored by Port Washington's Community Chest.
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