To address shortfalls in its budget, made worse by the surging pandemic, The Chase Home in Portsmouth has launched Season of Giving, a virtual fundraiser presented by Service Credit Union.
“We are reimbursed from the state for our services, but the state does not cover the full cost,” said Executive Director Meme Wheeler, who said program costs have risen due to the pandemic.
“For the kids that live here, this has been an especially tough year, but it has been difficult for the families we serve in the community, too,” she added.
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.
This year’s virtual fundraiser, Season of Giving presented by Service Credit Union, replaces the agency’s annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting, which raised more than $80,000 last year. The goal for this year’s virtual fundraiser is $50,000.
“There are also opportunities to buy gifts for our kids, too,” said Wheeler.
The Chase Home’s Season of Giving presented by Service Credit Union takes place through December 31. In addition to the digital component at chasehome.org/season-of-giving, the fundraiser features dozens of posters at area restaurants that include a scannable QR code by which the public can make a donation.
“We appreciate all the local restaurants who have agreed to hang our posters,” said Bill MacDonald, ambassador at The Chase Home. “We look forward to a wonderful season of giving.”
Additional supporters of Season of Giving presented by Service Credit Union include Kennebunk Savings and Great Island Realty.
“Corporate and individual supporters are so important for us and our ability to meet the needs of kids, youth and families in really difficult circumstances,” added Wheeler. “We are truly grateful for everyone’s support.”
To learn more about Season of Giving presented by Service Credit Union, including participating restaurants, click here.