The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County Names New President and Officers

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; May 14, 2021) — The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County announces Barbara Strauss (Englewood Cliffs), Executive Vice President at York International, has been named president of the board of managers.  Robert Reinemann (Cresskill), Finance Manager at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School-Department of Medicine, was named Vice President/Treasurer.  Vicki Sidrow (Fort Lee), Realtor Associate with Weichert Realtor, was named Vice President.  The Chest also named these new officers: Franci Steinberg (Tenafly) First Vice President and Amie Aburustum (Tenafly) Vice President/Secretary.

The nonprofit agency, serving people in need in 15 municipalities in eastern Bergen County, welcomes these active members of the community.  They will guide the organization during these difficult times to help our neighbors encountering serious issues of food insecurity, homelessness, and job loss among other concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In my new position as president of The Community Chest, I am committed to the organization’s principles.  I am dedicated to our mission of  ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ and making our community stronger by addressing the needs of people in eastern Bergen County.  During past president Richard Kennedy’s tenure, we experienced growth in our service area, funding, and programming.  I thank him for his service, commitment and contributions to the organization and community,” said Barbara Strauss.

Members of the community are invited to serve, volunteer, and donate to The Chest to continue the development and implementation of many successful projects, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The Community Chest embraces the core values of diversity, equity and inclusion, as moral imperatives and raises and distributes funds to nonprofit organizations that share and practice these same values to provide services to our neighbors in need.  I look forward to the challenges ahead, and I hope you will join me on this journey,” said Strauss.

In 2020, The Chest presented Strauss with the Outstanding Volunteer Award in recognition of her numerous activities in the community.  During her 10-year tenure on The Chest’s board of managers, she held the positions of treasurer, secretary and vice president.  She also chaired the Development Committee and served as the chair of the Events Committee.  For over 20 years, she has worked in the insurance industry and currently is Executive Vice President at York International.

The Community Chest’s Board of Managers is comprised of 24 community leaders.  They are dedicated to improving the lives of neighbors in need in The Chest’s service area in these 15 municipalities in eastern Bergen County: Alpine, Bergenfield, Closter, Cresskill, Demarest, Dumont, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan, Rockleigh and Tenafly.

For further information about The Community Chest of eastern Bergen County and its projects and programs or to be considered for membership on the Board of Managers, contact (201) 568-7474.

About The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County

Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 88 years.  The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.  Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.

The Community Chest’s Board of Managers is comprised of community leaders dedicated to improving the lives of neighbors in need.  People interested in being considered for board membership may contact executive director Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568-7474.

For further information about The Chest, visit or contact (201) 568-7474.  Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.

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