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Giving Back to Winchester

Since 2000, En Ka has given over $2 million back to the  community

through grants, social service outlays, and community outreach  initiatives.

Grants

The En Ka Grants Committee accepts grant applications four times a year from non-profit organizations that provide services or benefits to the town of Winchester and its residents. The list of grant recipients includes more than 100 local groups, including the Jenks Center, Winchester school programs and many more.

Social Service

The En Ka Social Service Committee responds to individual and family needs in Winchester by providing emergency financial assistance, food certificates, school system support for students in need, scholarships for summer and enrichment programs, the resources of the En Ka Pantry, and more. 

Civic Needs

The En Ka Outreach 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.

En Ka Pantry

The En Ka  Pantry provides non-perishable food and personal care items to Winchester residents who require extra assistance in meeting these basic needs. The Pantry is located at 1037 Main Street (the location of the En Ka Exchange). Use of the pantry is limited to one time per month.

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 to the En Ka Society support both our ongoing programs, such as En Ka’s Grants Program, Social Service Program, Community Outreach Initiatives, and the En Ka Pantry, as well as long-term financial initiatives through the En Ka Unrestricted Endowment Fund. The En Ka Society is the proud recipient of a Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grant. 

En Ka’s Mission

The En Ka Society is 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, its residents in need, and  our town for public purposes.  We provide both monetary assistance and  direct service programs in the community.  Funding for these services is raised  primarily through our annual town-wide fair, grants, other fundraising events,  and donations.  Since 2000, En Ka has given over $2 million back to the  community through grants, social service outlays, and community outreach  initiatives.

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