Hub Capital Campaign Reaches 60% of $100,000 Goal

Four grants from local foundations

By Larry Chase

As of January 15, the Andover Community Hub’s “Come On In”  fundraising campaign, announced in November with a goal of $100,000, has received four grants from local foundations totaling $42,395, according to the organization’s board of directors.

In addition to these foundation grants, the campaign has also received an additional $19,871 in contributions or pledges from local residents, businesses, and organizations. 
Aimed at making Andover’s old town hall — now the Hub headquarters — more user-friendly, more able to withstand the elements, and more flexible in its accommodations, the campaign has these goals:

Construction of an access ramp from the parking lot to the first floor

Construction of an accessible first-floor bathroom

Replacement of the badly-leaking roof

Construction of a community kitchen

Contributing foundations to date, and the amounts donated, are :

From the New Hampshire Electric Co-op (NHEC) Foundation, based in Plymouth, $5,000 for construction of an access ramp. The NHEC Foundation supports charitable organizations that are designed to promote health and social well-being programs, enrichment programs and/or educational programs, hunger programs, cultural art programs, and academic achievement programs.  It was founded in 2006. For improved access for all. 

From the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund in Newmarket, $1,000 toward construction of an access ramp.

From the Samuel P. Hunt Foundation, based in Manchester, $20,000 for replacement of the building’s roof. The foundation was created in 1951 for general charitable purposes.

From the Concord-based New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program  (LCHIP), $16,395, also to support construction of a new roof . LCHIP  is an independent state authority created by the legislature in 2000.  See article on page ?? for details about this and one other recent LCHIP grant to another Andover-based non-profit.
Commenting on these new income streams, Hub board member and treasurer (and chief grant writer) Susan Chase said:  “We are of course delighted to have recognition and funding from these well-known New Hampshire sources of community support.  Our board is committed to making the best possible uses of these and other donations.”