Thanks to $20,000 from Merrimack County Savings Bank (the Merrimack), the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua reached its goal of purchasing new busses and vans. The Merrimack, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, made the $20,000 tax credit purchase from the Boys and Girls Club through the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) of New Hampshire’s tax credit program.
The expanded transportation project ensures that the more than 400 Boys and Girls Club members who depend on current transportation will be able to continue using its service throughout the school-year. Additionally, the Club will be able to expand its evening transportation to include a fifth route, extending outreach to children living in public housing on the outskirts of Nashua. The investment also allows for a sweeper vehicle to pick-up overflow members from Nashua public schools whose buses may already be at capacity. The Club’s afternoon kindergarten students will receive uninterrupted transportation as a result. The investment ensures the Club’s capacity to continue providing career shadow, internship opportunities and college visits for teen members. Finally, the implementation of the project reduces the need to outsource transportation for camp and field trips during the summer months.
“The Boys and Girls Club provides meaningful employment, strong child development services and a safe place for kids, so that their parents can work or continue their education. This is a well-planned project by an organization that is providing great benefit to the Nashua community,” said Philip Emma, President of the Merrimack. “In addition to addressing the immediate need of transportation replacement, the new busses and vans allow the Club to increase services and clientele while increasing efficiency.”
“We’d like to thank Merrimack County Savings Bank for believing in our mission and championing us as we work to empower at-risk youth and children,” said Norman Bouthilette, Chief Executive Officer of Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua.
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua inspires and enables young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Headquartered at One Positive Place in Nashua, the Boys and Girls Club offers children a safe place to belong. Along with caring adult mentors, the Club offers programs that cover everything from academics and leadership development to physical fitness and healthy eating. For more information about the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua, visit bgcn.org.
CDFA tax credits allow businesses to fund qualifying economic or community development projects in exchange for a tax credit that can be applied against state business tax payments. For more information about the CDFA, visit nhcdfa.org.