Volunteers are the proverbial backbone of nonprofits, which underscores the importance of an innovative Ambassador Program at The Chase Home in Portsmouth.
“The Ambassador Program is a semi-structured way volunteers can get involved in our operation,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director. “They participate in planning fundraisers, conduct community outreach and get involved. They are an integral part of what we do.”
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home in Portsmouth serves at-risk youth annually statewide through prevention, early intervention, residential and community-based programs. Some youth are served in the community, while others live at The Chase Home.
For Ambassador Bill MacDonald, who works at Artisan Grounds in Portsmouth, participation in the program has been rewarding.
“I like being an ambassador, because I have a chance to be heard and make a difference in an organization that is working so hard to make a difference in kids’ lives,” he said. “It give me a chance to do things I like to do anyway.”
Wheeler said MacDonald’s involvement in The Chase Home has been instrumental.
“Whatever we need, Bill seems to know someone or a business that can help,” she said. “He makes connections in the community for us all the time. I can’t thank him and all our ambassadors enough.”
As for current projects, MacDonald said he is working closely with the Board on a virtual fundraiser that launches in one month.
“I am also working to promote Chase Home for Northeast Credit Union’s Love Your Community Award,” he said. “I’m encouraging folks to vote for Chase Home, which could win up to $5,000.”
Voting for Northeast Credit Union’s Love Your Community Award in October ends on October 31.
“With Bill’s help, I think we have a chance to win this award,” added Wheeler. “The great thing about this contest is that many nonprofits benefit, so the communities served by Northeast Credit Union are the real winners.”
To vote, visit thelyc.com.