May 2020
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ReVision Energy Partners with NH Food Bank to Deliver Meals

Local, employee-owned solar company ReVision Energy is partnering with the New Hampshire Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities NH, to help relieve COVID-related hunger. During the month of May, ReVision Energy will provide at least 3,500 meals to Granite Staters through the NH Food Bank as an extension of its past work to bring cost-saving solar energy to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and low-income housing throughout New Hampshire.

As a special incentive to customers, ReVision Energy is donating 100  additional  meals for every residential contract and 500 additional meals for every commercial contract signed in the month of May, to help keep its employee-owners and union partners on the job as “essential workers” during the worst unemployment crisis since the Great Depression.

The NH Food Bank is facing unprecedented demand during the pandemic, with requests up 44% compared to this time last year. ReVision Energy employee-owners regularly volunteer at the Food Bank’s member agencies, including Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Claremont Soup Kitchen, and Friends of Mascoma Food Bank . Read More...
Local Businesses Named to Best Places List

In New Hampshire Magazine's issue featuring NH's Best Places, three Exeter Area Chamber members were featured: Laney & Lu, Railpenny and Top Drawer.
Top Drawer is a lovely boutique to shop for bras and lingerie.With professional fitters available to
help you and a vast variety of styles, fabrics and sizes, it’s easy to see why Top Drawer has been voted best lingerie shop, year after year.
The Railpenny Tavern in Epping is a family-friendly gastropub that features a diverse American fare menu complete with seasonal,
local and fresh ingredients. The large, open
dining room and rustic bar gives it a welcoming neighborhood vibe, and the menu is just as welcoming and down-to-earth. Their tasty variety, from unique, delicious food and beverages to their comfortable atmosphere, means that your vegan friend and gluten-free family member can all enjoy a meal here together.
LANEY & LU will make you want to stay well after you finish your turmeric latte and fiesta quinoa
bowl. The café was founded as a way to celebrate community and the connection that food has in creating a more healthy, joyful life, and the menu is built around a simple concept: serving vibrant, real food. They source from ingredients grown
or responsibly produced, and buy local and/or organic whenever possible. Read More...
Southern District YMCA Names New CEO

Kimberly Meyer was officially named the new CEO of the Southern District YMCA (Exeter YMCA and Camp Lincoln). The Board of the Southern District YMCA made the announcement last week. Meyer replaces David Richards, who has served as interim CEO after the departure of Alex Turek.

Meyer joins the YMCA after working as vice president and treasury payments officer for Bangor Savings Bank in New Hampshire. Previously, she worked as the interim project lead for the New Hampshire Afterschool Network, a Mott Foundation funded private-public initiative to ensure all N.H. youth have access to quality out of school time programming. Before that, she served as a vice president and commercial business development officer at Bank of New Hampshire. Read More...
Galley Hatch Turns Parking Lot into Drive-In Theater

Galley Hatch owner John Tinios brought the big screen back to where his Hampton Cinemas stood for close to 25 years. Tinios got permission from CVS to set up an inflatable movie screen and have 40 cars in the parking lot to watch the musical hit from 1979.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to local food pantries. Tinios said the first recipient will be Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, which is allowing Galley Hatch staff to park in their lot adjacent to CVS. Some of the comments included “this made my family feel good,” “what a great community event,” and “please keep doing it.” Read More...
Laney & Lu Donates Meals to Front Line Workers

The team at LANEY & LU in Exeter believes that food serves a greater purpose than filling our stomachs — that it has the power to build connection. Their mission is to create food and drink that inspires a sense of community, and now they’ve channeled that mission into their COVID-19 “Help Others” movement. The goal? Provide nutrient-dense and energizing meals to support and nourish those who need it most.

Since mid-March, the community has donated 1,500 free bowls and smoothies. Their meals have gone to Exeter Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, PRH – Seabrook Emergency, Eliot Hospital, CMC Hospital – Manchester, York Hospital, GatherNH, Lamprey Healthcare, The Chase Home for Children, Riverwoods – Exeter and many more, and Team LU isn’t planning on slowing down anytime soon. Read More...
Members Helping Members

While it may be far-flung from their planned Hawaiian vacation, the Young family is making the most of their home-isolation and supporting a good cause in the process. The family of four, is bringing a little “aloha” to their home after they were unable to travel to Hawaii two weeks ago to celebrate the graduation of a family member. Susan said the family is making videos of Ollie acting out their vacation activities with the Lego figures and posting videos to the Facebook page of their family cleaning company, Clean by the Sea.

Beyond making the most of their stay-cation with Hawaiian music on repeat and exotic dishes, the Youngs are helping those in need by raising money through the content they are putting up to document their Hawaiian escapades at home, calling it Ollie’s Mission. Susan said friends and family have donated more than $850 to them, which they will use to buy green cleaning supplies through their vendor and donate them directly to Seacoast Family Promise to be given to families in need. Read More...
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Thank You to our Chamber Champions!
We would like to take a moment and say thank you to those organizations and individuals who donated to the Chamber Champion Campaign during the month of May.

David Fittro
Rachael Ela, EACC Board Chairperson
Peggy Small-Porter, EACC Board Member

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