Nashua Bank gives to soup kitchen

The Nashua Bank is supporting a local community-service organization this holiday season.

After reading reports about a sharp decline in the donations received by the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, employees decided to forego sending holiday cards to customers, suppliers and business contacts in favor of making a contribution to the kitchen, which provides food to the needy. A notification was sent to bank customers in their monthly statements.

“Giving back to the community in this fashion is very consistent with our mission of being a local resource,” said G. Frank Teas, Nashua Bank president and CEO. “Our entire staff has become involved, and everyone is truly enthusiastic about this idea!”

While the bank has supplied a portion of the soup kitchen bequest, staff members have also added money from their Sunshine Fund, to which they make contributions each pay period throughout the year. Money from the fund is then used for philanthropic initiatives, such as America Cares (for families of fallen soldiers and veterans) and the Nashua Pastoral Care Center’s recent Penny Picker Campaign.

The group also “adopts” a family during the holiday season through the Nashua Pastoral Care Center’s Holiday Program.

PELHAM Sign up now for ski, snowboard trip

Pelham Parks and Recreation is offering a ski and snowboard trip to Waterville Valley on Monday, Jan. 26.

This trip is open to students 13-18. The bus departs from the Pelham High School parking lot at 8 p.m. and returns at 6 p.m. Cost is $60 per student.

Students should bring money for drinks, snacks and lunch and waterproof mittens, hat and layers of clothing. Attendees must have their own equipment. Chaperones are also needed.

For more information, call 635-2721.

STATEWIDE CASA seeks artist submissions

Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire invites state artists and photographers to participate in its 2009 holiday card fundraising project by donating the use of their original artwork by Feb. 16.

Selected artwork by amateur, professional and child artists will be part of a popular series of cards, selling 50,000-75,000 annually to support the mission and operating budget. While being a wonderful publishing opportunity, it provides a means whereby talented individuals can use their art to benefit a worthy cause.

CASA of NH is a statewide, private non-profit organization that recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who speak in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. Currently, more than 400 unpaid CASA guardians ad litem advocate for 1,000 young victims.

For more information and guidelines, call Bonnie 626-4600 or visit