Help us get new wheels for Chase Home!
Currently, one of our two vans is close to being in complete disrepair and will not pass inspection next February. The proposed repairs are substantial and too costly to consider, which is why we turn to the community (YOU) for help. This initiative builds off a prior gift of $26,000 from the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association to purchase another van, as the other vehicle we had was actually off the road.
This fall, we are partnering with ConvenientMD Urgent Care to purchase a van so we can transport our kids throughout the community. 365 days each year, 24 hours every day, our staff is on call, which means we need reliable transportation in the form of 2 vans to bring kids to the hospital, medical appointments, or school functions. Some kids live here so we often drive kids back home to visit with their families.
ConvenientMD Urgent Care
Chase Home Board of Trustees
The Story Behind the “Wheels” Campaign
Recently, Chase Home received $26,000 from the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association to purchase a Ford Transit van. Previous to this donation, one vehicle at Chase Home was in complete disrepair with another on its proverbial “last legs.”
The gift from the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association was augmented by a $15,000 donation from Chase Home’s Board of Trustees, who manage the agency’s trust. With slightly more than $6,000 left over after the purchase and the need for another primary van, ConvenientMD Urgent Care “stepped” in with an additional $2,000 to help launch “Wheels 4 Chase Home.”
From Thanksgiving Day through December 31, the online campaign will seek to raise a total of $20,000 to cover the costs of the second van, which Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler said is “critically needed.” “We work with dozens of kids at any given time, so it is essential we have two vans in good working order,” she said. “We have been concerned for the past year and a half about both vans—and it all came to a head this summer.”
For ConvenientMD Urgent Care Executive Director Ben Collins, the chance to lead a campaign that will rely on community support reflects their belief in Chase Home. “We are proud to be involved in the campaign and lead this community initiative to support a well-deserving nonprofit with deep roots in this area,” he said.
Expressing gratitude at the “incredible support” shown by these various entities, Wheeler said a successful “Wheels” campaign will bolster the agency’s infrastructure for years. “Two well-functioning vans are critical to our operation,” she said. “We transport kids across the state to and from Chase Home. New vans will enhance safety, provide predictability in future expenses, and strengthen our overall operations.”
She expressed “deep appreciation” to ConvenientMD Urgent Care for leading “the push” to replace their second vehicle. “They have supported us in the past—and this latest contribution deepens this bond,” she said. “Any time a community-mind corporate sponsor steps in to help Chase Home, I think it motivates our staff, too—that caring and concern helps drive our business model.”