Since opening its doors two years ago, The Groomsmith has held several fundraisers for The Chase Home, a tradition of giving that continues this holiday season with a GoFundMe fundraiser to purchase student desks.
“The Chase Home is in need of individual desks to support our kids with remote learning,” explained Meme Wheeler, executive director. “Having desks for the kids would make it much easier for their learning environment and for us to continue to socially distance at all times.”
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 Reed Maerder, answering the call for help at The Chase Home reflects a belief in the importance of social work instilled by his father.
“Growing up, our father worked in social services and still does to this day,” he said. “My brother Zach and I learned at a young age that helping others in need creates the backbone of a community. We believe that doing any act of kindness, no matter how small, is a vital part in our role in the Portsmouth community.”
In total, The Chase Home is in need of 12 desks.
“We are so grateful for Reed and his brother Zach at The Groomsmith for continuing to step up and support us, especially during this challenging year,” added Wheeler.
Acknowledging 2020 has been a difficult year, which close The Groomsmith from March to May during the stay-at home mandate, Maerder said they are focused on ensuring their clientele feels safe and comfortable.
“Despite the hardships, we are looking forward to a prosperous future for The Groomsmith and our team members,” he added.
In addition to the online fundraiser, The Groomsmith is hosting a Holiday Raffle with 100% of the proceeds donated to The Chase Home. The raffle features one gift basket from The Groomsmith, which features a top of the line professional grade beard trimmer, and another from Jardiniere Flower. Each gift basket is valued at approximately $300.
To learn more about the GoFundMe fundraiser, visit click here.