The Leonia Community Chest initiated its 2023-2024 fund drive, in the fall, sending letters to all residents seeking donations for 16 amazing non-profit organizations who help fellow Leonians -- young and old, those who have experienced financial hardship and others who need social services. We also assist local arts.
We are able to help local organizations because we receive donations from YOU -- Leonia residents. We have done this since 1944. If you haven’t made a donation or would like to make another -- please visit our Donate Page. You may pay by credit card or send a check to P.O. Box 68, Leonia, 07605.
If you wish to learn more about – and be inspired by the work these organizations do – all are welcome to attend Agency Night on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the United Methodist church, 396 Broad Ave. The organizations we support will tell us about the work they do and how many Leonians are helped by your donations. Come for refreshments at 7pm. Presentations start at 7:30pm.
A donation to the Leonia Community Chest is also a meaningful way to honor someone, recognize an achievement, celebrate an occasion, or memorialize someone who has passed away. Please indicate this on the donation you mail to us and we will acknowledge your donation to the person in whose honor or memory it is given.
The Board is grateful and pleased to continue to receive legacy donations.
The Community Chest is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Contributions are tax deductible, as permitted by law.
The Leonia Community Chest was pleased to award its 2023 Community Service Scholarship to Leonia High School senior Harry Skountzos. This is the 6th year the Community Chest has presented this award to a Leonia High School graduate for activities that help our community.
Engaging and passionate about many things, Harry committed himself to a variety of community service projects and activities, participated in many high school sports and clubs, and was employed as summer camp staff.
One of the significant ways he contributed to the community is through the Eagle Scout project he initiated and completed for the Boy Scouts of America. This project involved documenting and organizing historical records for over 1,200 veterans at Madonna Cemetery. This required the collaborative effort of more than 25 volunteers and the accumulation of over 210 service hours, ultimately creating a comprehensive and accessible database for the public to utilize.
At Leonia High School, Harry played tennis, ran track, sung in the Chorus, participated in a variety of clubs and won multiple DECA Awards. He plans to major in business and marketing in college.
As a volunteer, Harry has served the Leonia Library, helped at the martial arts academy and children’s art classes in town, and assisted the Cub Scouts. He is now an Assistant Scout Master. He was very active in the drive by the Leonia Environmental Commission to ban Styrofoam where his flawless presentation helped convince Leonia municipal government to pass one of the first Styrofoam bans in the state.
Harry says that his community service and volunteer experiences have had a profound impact on him, teaching him the value of teamwork, leadership, and empathy. He hopes to continue to strive towards making a positive difference in his community and beyond.
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