FoCA’s standing committees are staffed by a mix of board members and non-board community members. The best way to help out FoCA and get to know us better is to join a committee.  

Finance Committee

Our Finance Committee, headed by our Treasurer, provides budgeting and financial planning and assists the Board in developing our annual budget.  The contributions of non-board members with financial expertise is greatly appreciated.

Fundraising Committee

Our Fundraising Committee supports programming at Chester Arthur through grant writing, organizing our annual appeal and soliciting sponsorships and planning the Southwest Center City (SWCC) 5k. No experience necessary – we will train you!

Schoolyard & Capital Projects Committee

Our Schoolyard & Capital Projects Committee by purchasing and erecting a small playground for the students in 2011 thanks to generous donations from AmeriHealth Mercy Foundation and Wells Fargo.  Six years later, thanks to the hard work and dedication of this committee, FoCA raised over $1.7 million and transformed the asphalt lot into a learning and play space for the School and our community. The Committee does the heavy lifting of maintaining the Schoolyard through organized cleanups and planting days.  We also serve as a resource guide to assist other public schools in pursuing their own schoolyard revitalization projects.

Community Events & Outreach

As a neighborhood public school, community engagement is part of our mission and essential to the success of Chester Arthur.  FoCA’s Community Events & Outreach committee fosters connections with local businesses, hosts activities that welcome the broader neighborhood community to get to know us and Chester Arthur, and organizes smaller benefits for the school.  The Committee hosts back-to-school events, play dates in the Schoolyard, yoga in the park, Guys Night Out for Chester Arthur dads, bowling night for catchment parents, and game night in the Schoolyard.  We also administer Little FoCA which organizes group playdates for pre-school aged kids.

FoCA Night Out

FoCA’s largest single fundraising event is our annual FoCA Night Out in March.  We raised more than $60,000 in 2016 and more than $74,000 in 2017.  With 35 sponsors and over 225 attendees, the event takes a LOT of planning and wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our committee members.  This is largest committee we have with the most non-board members.   

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