In today’s fast-paced business world that shows no signs of slowing down, it is easy for a company to overlook the importance that its community has on its success. At Melanson Heath, we believe that it is necessary to give back to the community as much as possible. For without the support of a strong community, this firm would not be what it is today. Melanson Heath not only provides superior financial services to not-for-profit companies, but we also take an active role as large supporters of their fundraising efforts. Every year, our company donates thousands of dollars to local non-profit organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Nashua Soup Kitchen, the Center for Life Management, and the Boys & Girls Club to name a few.

One of our most the notable organizations we sponsor is the Nashua Center located in Nashua, New Hampshire. For more than forty years, the Nashua Center has been a leader in providing programs and services to those living with developmental disabilities. Their mission is simple, yet effective; providing the highest quality of specialized care and support to each individual served while promoting growth in independence. In recent years, the Center has expanded its reach to include in-home care for seniors and specialized academic and job training for young adults living with developmental disabilities.

Beginning in 2002, the Center started hosting their annual “Taste of the Towns” fundraising event in an effort to raise money and awareness for the organization. A night of delicious wine and food tasting courtesy of the best local restaurants and wineries, it has become a prominent event in the South New Hampshire area. Complete with a silent auction of everything from sports memorabilia to craft beers, the event attracted more than 400 people from across New England to attend. For all twelve of those years, Melanson Heath has been a supporter of this wonderful event and has developed a close friendship with executive director Brian Young. Our own Joseph O’Connor served as the Treasurer of the organization ten years.

Heading into this year’s “Taste of the Towns”, the Center had generated $850,000 dollars in donations. When given the opportunity, Melanson Heath was proud to renew our commitment as one of the event’s major Corporate Sponsors. Together, Mr. Young and the event’s Planning Committee set a goal to reach the $1,000,000 dollar mark by the end of the night. A monumental task and achievement for any organization let alone a not-for-profit. By the end of the night, the Center had not only accomplished their goal, but surpassed it after receiving the largest donation ever in its history from CEO Mike P. Boyle and the employees at Boyle Energy Services. The donation represented a year-long pledge of a percentage of their global company’s 2013-2014 revenues totaling $150,000 dollars.

Acts of kindness such as the ones performed on this night in March show the magnanimous effect a company can have on individuals and their community-at-large. The event overall, generated an astonishing $255,000 dollars in proceeds, propelling the “Taste of the Towns” collective fundraising efforts well beyond this year’s goal. Every year, all of the proceeds from this event directly benefit more than 500 people receiving services annually from the Nashua Center and its programs.

Melanson Heath is proud to support the mission of the Nashua Center and many exemplary organizations alike as we strive to give back and strengthen the communities in which our employees live, work, and play.