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The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter is the recipient of a $2,000 Community Outreach grant from St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union, the nation’s first credit union.

The funds will be used to purchase a clothes washer and dryer for the organization’s new facility. These will be available to people living on the street who need to wash the clothes they are wearing and what may be in their backpacks.

“We are in the midst of a capital campaign, and donations like this one from St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union are certainly welcome,” said Carol Weeks, Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Community Outreach Manager. “With the availability of laundry facilities at our new location, our clients will be able to wash and dry what often are the only street clothes they own.”

The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter provides meals, emergency shelter, housing, food baskets and advocacy to poor and homeless men, women, and families with children.
The group recently purchased the former Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall at 2 Quincy Street in Nashua, a location that offers triple the space of the existing facility.  A capital campaign now underway hopes to raise $2 million to cover the cost of renovation of the new space and the move from the former location.

“Groups like the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter provide a vital service by reaching out to those in need,” said Tom Champagne, St. Mary’s Bank Director of Community Outreach. “We are pleased to be able to offer support and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families who find themselves in difficult circumstances.”

MembersFirst Credit Union of N.H., with headquarters in Manchester, kicked off their annual campaign to raise money for New Horizons for NH’s Walk Against Hunger.  The Walk Against Hunger is one of New Horizons’ two largest fundraising events, raising $116,000 in 2013 to ensure food and shelter for the hungry and homeless people of Greater Manchester.  This year’s Walk takes place on Sunday, May 18 beginning at noon from Veteran’s Park, on Elm Street in Manchester.

For over ten years, MembersFirst Credit Union of N.H. has sent a team of walkers to participate in the Walk Against Hunger.  To launch the fundraising effort for this year’s team, the credit union held a rally at the Bridge Street branch office on Tuesday, April 15.  Charlie Sherman, Executive Director of New Horizons for NH, stopped by the rally to cheer on the staff and to thank them for their efforts throughout the years.  Collection jars are available at the teller lines of both Manchester branches for members and staff that would like to contribute to the effort, and a “Buying Your Benefits” program has been put into place on Fridays for staff; any staff member making a contribution of $5 or more will be able to wear jeans on those days. 

“We’re honored to continue our support for New Horizons and we’re excited to once again participate in the Walk Against Hunger,” states Bruce Leighton, president & CEO of MembersFirst Credit Union of N.H.  “Our staff looks forward to the Walk each year and they have a great time fundraising for it.  New Horizons is such an important organization, and the work they do in the community of Manchester is invaluable.”

“We are extremely grateful for the long standing support and generosity of MembersFirst Credit Union of N.H. and their employees. The need is great – last year we saw a 68% increase in the number of meals served to children.” commented Charlie Sherman, executive director of New Horizons.

New Horizons is a leading advocate for the homeless, working in partnership with other organizations to develop programs while encouraging individuals to become self-sufficient.  They offer an adult homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, a food pantry and operate Angie’s Shelter for Women.  They are located at 199 Manchester Street in Manchester.  To participate in the Walk Against Hunger or for more information on New Horizons, visit their website at http://www.newhorizonsfornh.org.

Triangle Credit Union, headquartered in Nashua, NH believes part of the role of a good corporate citizen is to support the communities they serve!  When Triangle’s Derry Branch Manager, Kayla Gutierrez was called upon to help organize donations for Derry’s Marion Gerrish Community Center Thrift Shop, she put in a call to action with her co-workers, and they responded with two carloads and a pick up bed full of items.

“We were very happy to support the Community Center Thrift Shop with employee donations,” said Triangle Credit Union President/CEO Maurice Simard.  “Triangle Credit Union supports many community endeavors and we are more than willing to lend a hand when needed,” added Mr. Simard.

The main source of funding for the operations of the Marion Gerrish Community Center comes from the revenue generated in the Center’s Thrift Shop. Donations help offset the costs of running the Community Center.  Currently, there are over 160 different groups using the Center throughout the year, including the Boy & Girl Scouts, Derry Community Fund, AARP Tax Aide, Southern NH Services and WIC, and local Seniors.  The Thrift Shop continually needs items such as gently used clothing, books, shoes, children’s toys, games & books, DVD’s, CD’s, small furniture, small appliances, jewelry, linens, household décor and decorative items; for additional information, please visit http://www.mgccderrynh.org.

The Palace Theatre announced it received a $15,000 donation from MembersFirst Credit Union of N.H. located in Manchester, NH toward its Second Century Campaign designed to fund its capital campaign. The fund will be used for much needed theatre improvements and safety upgrades.

“The Palace Theatre is grateful for the generosity of MembersFirst Credit Union, a consistent, long-time supporter of the Palace Theatre. MembersFirst Credit Union’s commitment assists the Palace Theatre Trust in maintaining a community-oriented center for the exploration and presentation of theatre, music, and dance,” stated Peter Ramsey, Palace Theatre President. 

In a dedication ceremony held on April 4, a plaque commemorating MembersFirst Credit Union’s donation was attached to the left alcove of the theatre.

Built in 1914, the Palace Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Palace Theatre is a nonprofit performing arts center that hosts its own professional company, youth and teen program and presenting acts. It is committed to achieving its mission through preserving the historic facilities of the theatre, responding creatively to the cultural and entertainment needs of the community and governing in a fiscally responsible and strategic manner.

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