The Chase Home Receives $5,000 Grant from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation

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Recently, Bangor Savings Bank Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to The Chase Home as part of its Community Matters More initiative. Residents across Maine and New Hampshire were provided with the opportunity to vote for up to five nonprofits.

“It is just an incredible award that has come at precisely the right time,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home. “The coronavirus has led to a substantial spike in the need for our services, so this gives us a push in the right direction when we really need it.”

According to Kelly Goodwin, Bangor Savings Bank’s Portsmouth branch manager, Community Matters More is an important part of the bank’s philanthropy.

“Community Matters More actively engages the public and puts dollars into the community in ways they direct,” he said. “It is empowering for the communities that we serve and gratifying for all of us at Bangor Savings Bank.”

In looking ahead at the needs of The Chase Home, Wheeler said it is too early to tell how COVID-19 might affect their operations in the long-term. She said community support, however, remains critical.

“We are so thankful for Bangor Savings Bank and individuals who are stepping up to support our kids,” she said. “We want everybody who supports us to feel like they are part of a real solution when they become involved in The Chase Home.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth is one of the oldest nonprofits in New Hampshire, serving more than 140 at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth are served in the community while others live at The Chase Home.

To learn more about The Chase Home, visit chasehome.org.

The Chase Home Receives $5,000 Grant from Bangor Savings Bank Foundation

Tenants Association at Pease (TAP) Selects The Chase Home as 2020 Beneficiary

Formed in 1999 to create an organized body of the people who work on the Pease Tradeport, Tenants Association at Pease (TAP) has selected The Chase Home as its 2020 charity beneficiary.

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From left to right: Craig Dennis, Chase Home Director of Operations; Deanna St. Hilaire, TAP President; and Meme Wheeler, Chase Home Executive Director.

“We choose a local charity that we feel could use the support and recognition and has not been chosen by us in previous years,” said President Deanna St. Hilaire, who said TAP has nearly 9,000 members.

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home serves more than 140 at-risk youth and families annually statewide through prevention, intervention, residential and community-based programs.

Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home, said she is “thrilled” at the selection.

“We want to express our deepest thanks for their support,” she said. “This is going to be a wonderful partnership.”

As beneficiary, The Chase Home will benefit from three TAP member events in 2020. These events include Spring Fling (May 7), Summer BBQ (August 13) and Fall Festival (October 28).

“We have great attendance at all of the events, especially the Summer BBQ,” explained St. Hilaire.

At each event, members will be asked to bring an item needed by The Chase Home or a cash donation.

“At each event, we will also provide a table or spot for Chase Home to collect donations,” added St. Hilaire. “We are excited to have Chase Home as our beneficiary in 2020 so we can help support their kids and raise awareness about what they do.”

To learn more about TAP, visit tenantsassociationatpease.org. To learn more about The Chase Home, visit chasehome.org.

Tenants Association at Pease (TAP) Selects The Chase Home as 2020 Beneficiary

The Chase Home to Participate in Bangor Savings Bank’s Community Matters More

Selected for the first time to participate in Bangor Savings Bank’s Community Matters More, The Chase Home in Portsmouth is asking the community for its vote.

Each year, Community Matters More allows community members to become actively involved in grant giving as they decide which nonprofits will receive financial support from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation. The two nonprofits with the most votes in each geographic region will receive a $5,000 grant, while the remaining agencies will receive $1,000.

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“We are thrilled to be on the 2020 Community Matters More ballot,” said The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “This is a wonderful initiative.”

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth is one of the oldest nonprofits in New Hampshire, serving more than 140 at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth are served in the community while others live at The Chase Home.

Voting for the Community Matters More campaign takes place during the entire month of February. All votes must be completed by online ballot at www.bangor.com/cmm. Only one online ballot per person is eligible for submission.

To learn more about The Chase Home, or how you can support us, please visit www.chasehome.org.

The Chase Home to Participate in Bangor Savings Bank’s Community Matters More

The Atlantic Grill to present The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting

Mike Labrie (l), Peter Labrie, Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler and Chase Home Board Member Justin Rivlin (r)

On Wednesday, November 13, a full house is expected at The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, presented by The Atlantic Grill in Rye.

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves nearly 300 at-risk youth and families annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs.

Noting this is the second year the event will take place at The Atlantic Grill, The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said the restaurant has “stepped up” this year.

“The owners have long been supporters of our work with at-risk kids, so this year is a big step for us in further developing our partnership,” she said.

The Atlantic Grill is owned by brothers Michael and Peter Labrie, both of whom indicated they believe in giving back to the community.

“The Seacoast community has been such an amazing place to grow up and raise our families in,” said Peter. “Now that we are part of the business community, Mike and I are honored to be able to give back through such amazing charities like The Chase Home.”

Last year, the annual fundraiser netted more than $47,000, an amount Wheeler said was used to support their operation in many ways.

“From food and toiletries for the kids who live here to drug counseling and vocational skills training for youth in the community, this event is a critical fundraising tool for us,” she said.

Taking place on Wednesday, November 13 from 6 to 8 pm, The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting will feature food, cocktails, a short program, and a live and silent auction.

“It’s a chance to learn more about our work and get involved,” said Wheeler. “The Atlantic Grill has a beautiful space, too, so it will be a fantastic night.”

The Chase Home Board Member Justin Rivlin, general manager of River House, which is also owned by the Labrie brothers, agreed and said the need for the annual event underscores a stark reality.

“The Chase Home is mandated to help kids in crisis, but underfunded by the state,” he said. “This event is really important for the agency and, especially, our kids.”

Individual tickets for the fundraiser are $65 with sponsorship opportunities beginning at $250.

There are a limited number of tickets offered for this event. Tickets may be securely purchased online at www.chasehome.org.

The Atlantic Grill to present The Chase Home’s 6th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting