MANCHESTER - Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern New England recently presented a $12,000 grant to The Webster House for critical improvements to the home. The Webster House is a residential facility for adolescents who are unable to live at home for a period of time. The Webster House's mission is to provide a home, the opportunities for counseling, education and activities and the atmosphere in which adult-child relationships can be rebuilt and created.
St. Mary's Bank gives to St. Peter's Home
MANCHESTER - St. Mary's Bank has matched a $1,000 donation from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, providing a total $2,000 donation to St. Peter's Home in Manchester.
The nonprofit child care center on Kelley Street provides services to families, offering care for more than 300 children between the ages of six weeks and six years.
Food foundation awards scholarships
MANCHESTER - Fifty-five students working in the New Hampshire food industry have received $1,000 scholarships from the New Hampshire Food Industries Education Foundation.
Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $500,000 in scholarships to eligible students.
In order to raise funds for future scholarships, the NH Grocers Association presents Scholarship Snow Day on Feb. 26 at Bretton Woods New Hampshire. Proceeds from a full day on the mountain will go toward the scholarship fund. Ski packages for adults and children will include three meals, lift ticket, and more. For adults the cost is $99, and for children ages 17 and under the cost is $50. For more information visit www.grocers.org.
Credit union sponsors stadium centennial
MANCHESTER - Members First Credit Union announced that they will be the corporate sponsor of The Gill Stadium Centennial Celebration.
The stadium will mark its 100-year anniversary on Sept. 8, with a rededication ceremony featuring football, soccer and fireworks.
Originally called Textile Field, Gill Stadium was built for the semi-professional Manufacturer's Baseball League.
Beech Street School gets spirit grant
The Beech Street School in Manchester was awarded $500 from the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation's Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.
A Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employee nominated the school, which is also where the company sponsors a team of City Year Corps members. These funds will help purchase teaching equipment.
Meredith Savings Bank's mitten success
Meredith Village Savings Bank thanks the community for its generous support with the annual "Mitten Tree" program. Residents donated 1,503 mittens, hats and scarves which were in turn distributed to those in need in our region. In addition, MVSB contributed a total of $3,006 - $2 per item donated - to local nonprofits.
Each of the Bank's 11 offices accepted and displayed mittens, hats and scarves during the four weeks preceding Christmas. The donated items were given to local schools and nonprofits for distribution to the community.
Holiday windows benefit nonprofits
MANCHESTER - For the fourth consecutive year, Manchester-based marketing agency wedu created festive holiday scenes for their windows facing Franklin Street. This time around, however, the agency took the tradition to the next level by making it a philanthropic project. Groups of wedu staff members worked together to create scenes depicting a theme selected by the agency's nearly 3,000 Facebook fans. In an added twist, the agency also selected four local nonprofit organizations that could win donations from wedu.
David's House, Inc., Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter, Special Olympics of New Hampshire and YMCA of Greater Manchester's Youth Opportunities Unlimited Program, rallied their Facebook communities and the public to vote online for their respective windows.
Wedu challenged the nonprofits to earn at least 250 votes to "win" a $250 cash donation - the window receiving the most votes received the grand prize of a $750 cash donation and $2,000 agency credit.
All four nonprofits reached the 250-vote milestone. The grand prize winner of the wedu Holiday Window Digital Challenge was The Friends of the Manchester Animal Shelter. Their window, "Reindeer Workout," received 420 online votes.