In November, Northeast Credit Union (Northeast CU) invested $10,000 to support The Chase Home, a major gift that brought both organizations together in service of a shared community vision.
According to Dan Raposa, vice president, executive director of the Northeast CU Foundation, they have been familiar with “the life-altering work by The Chase Home” for quite some time. “Recently, one of our employees shared her personal connection, as one of her high school friends had been helped so greatly by the organization,” he said. “The fact that such a vital organization was right in our backyard, so closely aligned to our mission of enriching and nourishing the lives of others, could benefit from our support, was very enticing.”
Founded in 1877, The Chase Home provides at-risk youth across the state with prevention, early intervention, residential, and community-based services. These services are offered both in the community and at The Chase Home where as many as a dozen youth live while receiving assistance.
“We are so grateful for their support,” said Meme Wheeler, executive director of The Chase Home. “Partnerships like these have a tremendous impact on our ability to meet our mission.”
Citing Northeast CU as “a purpose-driven credit union,” Raposa said their focus is to enrich and nourish the lives of others through eliminating food insecurity, improving access to affordable housing, and supporting education. “We put our money where our heart is — into the communities that make us who we are.”
In looking to the future, Wheeler said she looks forward to exploring additional opportunities to involve staff at Northeast CU in the operations at The Chase Home. These opportunities range from serving on the Board of Directors to the Ambassador program, the latter of which serves a community outreach role.
“If you are looking to make an impact in the lives of at-risk youth, you have that chance at The Chase Home,” said Wheeler.
It is this chance that excites Raposa and Northeast CU. “We strive to do well by doing good, and supporting the Chase Home in their efforts to help at-risk youth and their families flourish is good for the community and our souls,” he said.
To learn more about Northeast CU Foundation or Northeast CU, founded at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1936, visit necu.org/mission.