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En Ka’s Mission

We are a non-profit charitable organization comprised of over 200 women volunteers. Our mission is to aid various non-profit organizations and initiatives that serve the people of Winchester and residents in need who are referred to us by established social welfare programs 

We provide both monetary assistance and have direct service programs in the community. Funding for these services is raised primarily through an annual town-wide fair held in May, a resale store the En Ka Exchange and donations. Since 2000, En Ka has given over $1.5 million back to the community through grant applications, social service outlays and civic duties contribution.

 

Giving Back to Winchester

Since 2000, En Ka has given over $1.5 million back to the community through Grant applications, Social Service outlays and Civic Duties contribution

Grants

The En Ka Gifts Committee accepts grant applications four times a year from any organization that provides services or benefit to the town of Winchester and/or our residents.The list of grant recipients includes more than 100 local groups including to list a few– Jenks, Recreation Department, WFEE, ABC…

Social Service

The En Ka Social Service Committee provides food certificates for families in need around the holidays, emergency assistance funds, scholarships for summer programs, and funding for the school system for students in need. Most recently, providing assistance to families for food through the En Ka Food Pantry 

Civic Needs

The En Ka Civic Committee responds through direct service to some of our community’s civic needs. Recipients include Meals on Wheels, ROAR (Rush Out and Read), beautification through Adopt an Island, the Mount Vernon House, Visiting Nurse Association, and the ABC (A Better Chance) House.

Food Pantry

The En Ka Food Pantry is located at the Exchange Shop. It is one of En Ka’s latest initiative during COVID 19 Pandemic. Open through appointment to Winchester families who do not have adequate financial resources. The Food Pantry provides non perishable food and personal care items.

How Do We Raise Money?

En Ka Fair

The En Ka Fair has been a tradition in Winchester since 1934. Scheduled for the third weekend in May, it has grown from a single ride and a few games into a much anticipated occasion. Generations of families in Winchester and surrounding communities have attended and continue to support tradition. ~ 90% of our annual revenue comes from the Fair and is the primary source of our fundraising dollars.

Exchange Shop

The What Not Shop started in 1944 and its successor, the En Ka Exchange, opened in 1958. The Exchange is a resale shop specializing in clothing and accessories for the family and is open for sales from Wednesday through Saturday, September through June, at 1037 Main Street in Winchester. Donations of clean, seasonal clothes in good condition are very much appreciated. Any unsold items are donated to charity.

Donations

Donations are very important to En Ka specially during the pandemic where our main source of income, the En Ka Street Fair, has been lost. Any amount counts. Donations will help fund En Ka’s Social Service and Grants Programs which serve the residents of Winchester. En Ka Society is also a proud recipient of a Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grant. Consider a donation, En Ka gives all back to Winchester

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En Ka Grants 2021

En Ka Grants 2021

Since 2000, the En Ka Society has awarded over $1,000,000 in more than 400 grants. We support projects focused on the needs of students and...

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