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Big Ideas for Building Independence Capital Campaign!

Easterseals NH Big Ideas for Building Independence Capital Campaign, for critically needed renovations to the 555 Auburn Street headquarters building!

Our Auburn Street Facility serves as headquarters and home to most of our core, mission based programs, featuring young children, adults, veterans, seniors, workforce development, and dental services, all supported by donations from the community, allowing us to serve thousands of people in New Hampshire. The expanded program space will lead to financial efficiencies, a safer, more secure site and greater public awareness of the availability of these vital programs offered without regard to a person’s ability to pay. The result is our ability to serve more people in a site that is easily reached by public and personal transportation, and that becomes the most comprehensive social services/rehabilitation center in our state.

Easterseals NH has a long and well-respected 80-year history in the Granite State of helping people of all ages with disabilities and special needs. Chances are they have helped one of your family members, friends or neighbors. In the past eight decades, Easterseals NH has expanded services to fill unmet community needs and currently serves more than 13,500 people who depend on their programs.

In order to be positioned to meet the challenges of the next 80 years and beyond, Easterseals has set a Campaign goal to raise $2.5 million. As of the end of March, we have raised $2.1M, 84% of our goal!

Renovation Updates

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The Dental Center — In addition to expanding capacity from three patient chairs to five, the physical space will be larger, and more private. Last year we provided 3,100 dental treatments to 1,700 children, adults, and seniors. As one of the few dental centers in the state that accepts Medicaid, the renovations will increase our capacity to serve indigent and low income families and individuals as well as the general public. We will able to serve an additional 800 patients a year.

Child Development Center — We will add a classroom, bringing our total to seven. We’ll also reconfigure the bathrooms and create more usable classroom space for the children. We will install safer windows that will let in more light. Most importantly, the renovations will enhance the safety and security of the program for the families by creating a secure, dedicated entrance for the nearly 100 children who benefit from this program.  

Autism Services — Although our staff often serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in schools or at home, the renovation plans will create offices and private meeting spaces for staff to accommodate and provide a clinical component for this growing program.  

Military & Veterans Services — We’ll create a dedicated and more private entrance and increase meeting spaces. This will increase the staff’s ability to meet with clients in a more personal and confidential way. Since 2006, 9,522 individuals have been served, and the impact has been significant.

Community Based Services & Workforce Development — These programs provide a wide variety of services for our adult clients including employment, community involvement, skill building, residential services, clinical support, youth transitional services and our client-run Independence Cleaning Service. All of these services will be consolidated at our Auburn Street facility in dedicated office space and will no longer have to rent space elsewhere.

Senior Services — Our seniors will have a conveniently located entrance with a dedicated receptionist, providing a welcoming atmosphere. Lighting, flooring, and walls will be replaced and renovated to improve the aesthetics of the physical space and also increase the safety and comfort of our more than 1,000 clients we serve annually, some of whom have vision and mobility issues.

And there is more— In addition to these exciting program changes, we’ll be making renovations throughout the building to ensure a safer, brighter, and more pleasant work environment for our staff that will allow them to better serve our clients.

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Naming Opportunities

Donors who give $5,000 or more will be included on the Big Ideas Capital Campaign recognition plaque. Room naming opportunities are also available. Click here for a list of opportunities or contact Courtney Smith, Easterseals SVP of Major Gifts & Planned Giving, at 603.621.3456 or Please note, that changes to the naming opportunities happen often, and the list may not be the most recent. 

Ways to Give

Gifts of Cash: The simplest way to make a gift is to contribute cash. A tax deduction is taken in the year the gift is made. 

Gifts of Appreciated Securities: Gifts of appreciated securities offer the benefit of avoiding capital gains tax on the appreciation. The deduction is equal to the fair market value of the securities on the date the donor relinquishes control of the assets to Easterseals. 

Donor Advised Funds: If you have one established, you may choose to give through a donor-advised fund.

Corporate Matching Gift: Some corporations encourage employees and their spouses to make charitable contributions by matching their gifts dollar-for-dollar, and sometimes as much as two or three dollars for every dollar donated. In all cases, corporate matching gifts will be credited to the donor per the organization’s policy.

Monthly/Multi Year Pledge: You may divide your total gift into manageable monthly installments or over the course of up to three years.

Planned Giving: Find out more about planned giving options by contacting Courtney Smith.

Having Charity In Your Heart

Peter recently turned 70. His daughters, and their families, wanted to take him to dinner and present his "gift" to him. At an appropriate time, his daughter Carrie spoke to him about the "gift." She informed Peter that the family had made a generous gift to the Big Ideas for Building Independence Capital Campaign, and the NEW veterans themed conference room would be named the "Colonel R. Peter Decato Conference Room." This heart-warming and generous gift made Peter reflect on the meaning of giving, and how important it is to have charity in your heart. Click here to read his story.

Steering Committee

No project would be successful without the guidance of a dedicated and committed Steering Committee. Special thanks to these generous people for offering Easterseals their time, talent, and treasure!

Gifts of any amount are significant to our organization and the people we serve.

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