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People’s United Bank Gives $100,000 to Aid Program-Enhancing Building Renovation

March 6, 2017

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Pam Dube

Manchester, NH - Easterseals NH Military & Veterans Services has been awarded a gift of $100,000 from People’s United Bank to help fund the work the program provides for service members, veterans and their families. Specifically, the gift supports the Easterseals NH Big Ideas for Building Independence Capital Campaign that will fund the massive renovation of the organization’s main facility in Manchester. Once the renovation is completed later this summer, Easterseals NH will be home to the largest array of services under one roof for people with disabilities and special needs.

The People’s United Bank gift to Military & Veterans Services will be used to create a dedicated and more private entrance and increase meeting spaces for veterans, service members, and their families.  This will increase the staff’s ability to meet with clients in a more personal and confidential way. Over the last decade more than 9,600 individuals have been served, and the impact has been significant. Since 2006, Care Coordinators intervened in 111 cases of significant suicide risk, homelessness was prevented for 1,053 at-risk families, 817 homeless families secured permanent housing, 2,218 individuals were successfully engaged in treatment for previously untreated mental health or adjustment problem, and 934 program participants obtained employment.

“At People’s United Bank we are honored to have colleagues that have served our country with distinction in the military, and beyond that most all of our colleagues have family members who have served,” said People’s United Bank President of NH, Dianne Mercier. “So while it is impossible to make a wrong choice when supporting the many programs that Easterseals provides, this one had deep personal meaning to our employees.”

Easterseals NH just recognized its 80 years of services in the Granite State, helping people of all ages with disabilities and special needs. Along with other Easterseals affiliates across the country, it has undergone a change in its look, transforming from the old lily logo to a new brand and voice that understands and addresses all aspects of 21st-century disabilities. Statewide, Easterseals NH serves more than 13,000 people of all ages with disabilities and special needs through 90 unique including autism services, inclusive child care and early intervention, special education, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, vocational services, senior services, substance abuse services, adult day programs, community based services, individual service options, transportation services, residential service options, and dental services.   

“Collectively, the renovation will allow us to reconfigure space to best meet the needs of the people who come to us for support and greater independence,” said Easterseals President & CEO. “We are extremely fortunate that we have been allowed to serve the residents of New Hampshire for more than 80 years. Along the way, we have made many friends throughout the community who support the life-changing work we do. People’s United Bank is one of those friends and we could not be more grateful for their support and the impact their gift will make for our service members and their families.”

In addition to the generous gift from People’s United Bank, the capital campaign, which launched in September 2016, has had tremendous support from companies, foundations and individuals throughout the state. To date, over $2 million has been raised.

The capital campaign’s success thus far is due to the hard work and dedication of the Steering Committee comprised of community leaders and co-chaired by longtime Easterseals supporters Ellie Cochran and Charlie Goodwin. Additionally, a $500,000 matching gift challenge issued by the Stebbins Family and PROCON in honor of their retiring Vice Chairman and former Easterseals Board Member John Samenfeld is also providing an incentive for people to donate.

“There are many families like mine, are grateful for the services Easterseals provided to their loved ones that gave them independence to pursue their dreams,” said Easterseals NH Senior Advancement Office Karen Van Der Beken. “Please join me in expressing your appreciation and leave a legacy by naming a program space in the building in honor of your loved one.  Many families and friends across the state have been touched by Easterseals

There is still plenty of time left to help reach the $2.5 million goal. Naming opportunities are available as are tours of the facility that offer a firsthand view of the renovation in progress.

To learn more about Easterseals and the Big Ideas for Building Independence Capital Campaign, please visit www.easterseals.com/nh or contact Senior Advancement Office Karen Van Der Beken at 603.621.3556 or kvanderbeken@eastersealsnh.org.

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