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St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union recently donated $25,000 to The Palace Theatre in Manchester to provide support for two separate initiatives.  $10,000 will be applied toward the theatre’s Second Century Campaign designed to fund its capital improvements.  The funds will be used for much needed theatre improvements and safety upgrades.  The balance of St. Mary’s gift, $15,000, will help fund “Angel Tickets” for the Palace Theatre’s school matinee program for the next three years.

“The Palace Theatre is grateful for the generosity of St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union, a consistent, long-time supporter of the Palace Theatre.  St. Mary’s Bank’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.

“We are pleased to support efforts to preserve one of Manchester’s true historical artistic jewels for future generations of theater-goers,” said Ronald H. Covey, Jr., St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union president and CEO.  “Our support of the Angel Ticket program also will provide many young people with their first exposure to live theater, and has the potential to mark the beginning of a lifelong appreciation of the arts.”

A dedication ceremony was held on May 1, and a plaque commemorating St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union’s donation was attached to the right 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.

Service Credit Union located in Portsmouth, NH joined the New Hampshire Military Youth and Family Program April 15th for “Purple Up” day, recognizing the sacrifices of military children with parents deployed overseas.

In 2011, the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Military Youth and Family Program started the initiative “Purple Up For Military Kids” that quickly gained momentum and is now celebrated nationwide.  Wearing the color purple is a visible way to thank military youth for their strength and sacrifices. Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military, as it is a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red, and Navy blue. 

Service Credit Union staff wore purple shirts and purple ribbons to visibly show their support and celebrate military youth.

“We all owe a debt of gratitude to the children of our military service members,” says Gordon Simmons, President/CEO of Service Credit Union. “We honor their sacrifices, and we are committed to supporting them now and in the future.”

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.

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