PORTSMOUTH —From now through February of 2018, The Chase Home for Children will host an online campaign, sponsored by ConvenientMD Urgent Care, to purchase a new van to transport kids. Working with kids and families in active crisis, Chase Home serves the entire state of New Hampshire.
“We work with dozens of kids at any given time, so it is essential we have transportation in good working order,” said Chase Home Executive Director Meme Wheeler. “We have been concerned for the past year and a half about transportation—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 noted.
Expressing gratitude at the “incredible support” shown by ConvenientMD Urgent Care, Wheeler said a successful “Wheels” campaign will bolster the agency’s infrastructure for years.
“Dependable transportation is critical to our operation,” she said. “We transport kids across the state to and from Chase Home. A new van will enhance safety, provide predictability in future expenses, and strengthen our overall operations.”
The Wheels 4 Chase Home campaign follows on the heels of a $26,000 donation from the Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association, which covered most of the costs associated with the purchase of another vehicle. According to Wheeler, 2017 has been challenging due to the deteriorating condition of both of the agency's primary modes of transportation.
"It's bad timing to have both vehicles go, but we believe community support can help fill in some of our gaps," she said. "The Exeter Area New Car Dealers Association was amazing when it came to our first van, and then ConvenientMD came to us to assist us with the second van. We are so grateful."
To contribute to “Wheels 4 Chase Home,” visit www.chasehome.org.