The Adult Learning Center (ALC) and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua both received a $750 gift from Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency and Co-operative Insurance Companies in January. The gifts, awarded as part of Co-op’s Community Grants program, will be used to help the organizations better serve their clients.
The ALC will add the contribution to a fund established to replace the windows in its main building. The project will include replacing the existing dual balances in the bottom sash of the windows with heavy duty ULTRA-LIFT Class 5 spiral balances, fixing the top sash and fabricating half screens for 80 windows. The building was constructed in 1924 and although significant renovations were completed 30 years ago, the windows used were left over from a local school’s remodeling project. The glass utilized the energy saving technology available at the time, but window construction and materials have since become much more energy efficient. Additionally, the building has settled and some of the windows are now out of balance, causing more heat loss and air leaks. More importantly, the pins that affix the large, heavy windows to the casing no longer align properly, presenting a safety hazard. The new windows will improve safety conditions and save the ALC both heating and cooling costs for years to come.
At the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, the gift will help replace the sound system in the Club’s dance studio. The studio needs a sound system to continue offering quality dance programs to nearly 3,000 Club members ranging from 5 to 18 years old, two-thirds of which come from low-income households. The Club offers 19 program times and nine individual dance programs throughout the week: step, freestyle/hip hop, bachata, merengue, dance synergy, dance 101, rhythmic gymnastics, yoga, and lyrical. Without diverse and positive opportunities like dance programs, many kids would be left unsupervised after school and at risk of getting in harm’s way. By providing at-risk youth the keys to great futures, the Club helps the entire community. Quality arts programs like dance help prevent school dropout and juvenile delinquency, providing youth a way of expressing themselves that often improves confidence, self-esteem, and skills. High-risk youth who have access to programs like these typically have better academic results and workforce opportunities, as well as increased civic engagement.
“Organizations like the Adult Learning Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua make an invaluable impact on the lives of thousands of our community members in need,” said Marc Berube, President of Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency. “We are extremely grateful that Co-op has joined us in support of both organizations, providing this wonderful grant opportunity to recognize the remarkable work they accomplish day in and day out.”
“We are very appreciative of this support of our efforts by Eaton & Berube and the Co-operative Insurance Companies’ Community Grants Program. The backing of such fine corporate citizens makes a real difference in our work to help people in our city improve their lives through education,” said Margaret Reynolds, a grant writer for the Adult Learning Center. “Thank you so much.”
“Dance programs provide an outlet for kids to express their creativity, physical ability and emotions,” said Sophie Bedard, the Club’s Director of Cultural Arts Programs. “It’s art, exercise, and fun all together. We are grateful for the support from Co-operative Insurance to update the sound system.”
Co-operative Insurance Companies’ Community Grants Program was established in 2004 to assist with community projects across Vermont and New Hampshire. Through this program, Co-op partners with its agents and directors to provide funds for capital campaigns and operational support throughout the two states.
“Groups like the Adult Learning Center and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua are meeting needs in the same communities that Co-op serves,” said Brad Fortier, Co-op’s Executive Vice President. “We think it’s important to do our part as neighbors to help them out, and this grant program is one more way we can do that.”
The ALC and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua represent two of 11 organizations to receive a Community Grant from Co-operative Insurance Companies in 2018.
About the Adult Learning Center
Since 1972, the ALC has been operating on its mission to excel as an educational agency designed to provide the academic skills, job training and support services needed for adults and young adults to achieve more productive lives for themselves and their children. The organization’s students discover skills, which are theirs for a lifetime. By becoming educated, trained, employed, and independent, and by ensuring that their children are educated, they are making a very personal contribution to a healthy, prosperous community. The ALC serves more than 3,000 individuals each year from two facilities, a satellite program in Milford, and before and after school programs at 22 elementary schools.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
Since 1971, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua has been providing girls and boys between 5 and 18 years old with the opportunities and services they need to succeed in life. This includes a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, life-enhancing programs and character-developing experiences, and hope and opportunity. Helping youth to avoid risky behaviors, stay in school, and succeed in life, the Club carries out its mission of enabling all young people, especially those who need the organization most, to reach their potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
About Co-operative Insurance Companies
Co-operative Insurance Companies has been meeting property and casualty insurance needs since 1915, offering farm, home, auto, business, and other insurance to people in Vermont and New Hampshire. It is owned by its members and committed to protecting them with fast and fair claims service, loss prevention expertise, and local operations. The company has headquarters in Middlebury, Vermont, with regional claims offices and more than 100 agency locations across Vermont and New Hampshire.
About Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency
Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency is a local, family-owned independent insurance agency in Nashua, N.H. The agency has been serving the insurance needs of New Hampshire families and businesses for 75 years, with a strong focus on community support and involvement. Eaton & Berube offers a comprehensive line of personal and commercial insurance products, including home, auto, renters, umbrella, general liability, workers’ compensation, professional liability, medical malpractice, and equine/farm insurance.