The Chase Home launches “Season of Giving”

To address shortfalls in its budget, made worse by the surging pandemic, The Chase Home in Portsmouth has launched Season of Giving, a virtual fundraiser presented by Service Credit Union.

“We are reimbursed from the state for our services, but the state does not cover the full cost,” said Executive Director Meme Wheeler, who said program costs have risen due to the pandemic.

“For the kids that live here, this has been an especially tough year, but it has been difficult for the families we serve in the community, too,” she added. 

Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves 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.

This year’s virtual fundraiser, Season of Giving presented by Service Credit Union, replaces the agency’s annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, which raised more than $80,000 last year. The goal for this year’s virtual fundraiser is $50,000.

“There are also opportunities to buy gifts for our kids, too,” said Wheeler. 

The Chase Home’s Season of Giving presented by Service Credit Union takes place through December 31. In addition to the digital component at chasehome.org/season-of-giving, the fundraiser features dozens of posters at area restaurants that include a scannable QR code by which the public can make a donation.

Executive Director Meme Wheeler with Ambassador Bill MacDonald

“We appreciate all the local restaurants who have agreed to hang our posters,” said Bill MacDonald, ambassador at The Chase Home. “We look forward to a wonderful season of giving.”

Additional supporters of Season of Giving presented by Service Credit Union include Kennebunk Savings and Great Island Realty.

“Corporate and individual supporters are so important for us and our ability to meet the needs of kids, youth and families in really difficult circumstances,” added Wheeler. “We are truly grateful for everyone’s support.”

To learn more about Season of Giving presented by Service Credit Union, including participating restaurants, click here.

The Chase Home launches “Season of Giving”

The Groomsmith to celebrate 1-year anniversary, support The Chase Home

 

MacDonald, Maerder, and Shaffer-Rais_ The GroomsmithLocated at 28 Deer St. in Portsmouth, The Groomsmith will host a 1-year Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 5 from 10 am to 4 pm with proceeds from all haircuts to benefit The Chase Home.

The Groomsmith is owned by Reed Maerder, who along with brother and manager Zach will additionally provide cuts to male youth who live at The Chase Home. The event is hosted in partnership with J. Hilburn stylists, Graham Shaffer-Rais and Bill MacDonald.

“It’s been a great first year, and we want to pay it forward by supporting The Chase Home,” said Reed, who said their grand opening last year also benefited the nonprofit agency.

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.

At the event, which will feature be a variety of raffle giveaways with proceeds to also support The Chase Home, complimentary food and refreshments will be available for guests.

Event proceeds will support The Chase Home’s Residential Program, which provides a home for youth who live there and receive24/7 support and clinical/therapeutic services. Examples of items provided toand foryouth in the program include everything from bedding and food to clothes.

“An event like this helps pay for these and critical everyday items,” said The Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “We are so appreciative for Reed, Graham and Bill.”

The Groomsmith’s 1-year Anniversary Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 5 at 28 Deer St. in Portsmouth from 10 am to 4 pm.

To learn more about The Groomsmith, visit thegroomsmith.us.

To learn more about The Chase Home, or its upcoming 6th Wine & Chocolate Tasting, visit chasehome.org.

 

The Groomsmith to celebrate 1-year anniversary, support The Chase Home