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.