---- — Local company gives Upper Room a lift
SALEM — Employees of nora systems Inc., a commercial floor covering manufacturer, were encouraged to participate in an ongoing initiative to repair and improve Derry’s The Upper Room.
The Upper Room, a nonprofit family resource center, provides education, support and resources to individuals and families throughout Southern New Hampshire. Thanks to the group’s strong mission and values, nora chose to “adopt” The Upper Room as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility program. The program, established in 2009, encourages nora to give back to organizations in need.
“When we moved our headquarters to Salem, we were fortunate to have found The Upper Room,” said Heidi Anderson, nora’s human resource manager “It’s an amazing organization with a mission that really resonates with us. We knew that one of their biggest challenges lies in maintaining and improving their building, and this is where we saw an opportunity for nora to help.”
The nora employees volunteered their time to the renovation of a frequently used multi-purpose area in The Upper Room’s facility. Because this room is used daily by visitors and those receiving donations, it was crucial to ensure that the room was well maintained and attractive.
Employees and nora donated flooring, paint, wall and window accessories, and spent significant time painting the walls and making other minor repairs. Volunteers from Merrimack Tile and Northeast Flooring also donated time to install the new rubber flooring. The resulting area was described as “warm and welcoming.”
Additional initiatives taken by nora employees at The Upper Room as part of its CSR program included the delivery of Thanksgiving turkeys and side dishes to families in need, donation and distribution of coats, hats and gloves, a food drive, landscaping and yard maintenance, the repainting of an outdoor sign, phone calls to solicit donations and an ice cream social. In total, over 30 nora employees volunteered at the Upper Room in 2013.
“It is our priority at the Upper Room to be sure that every person that walks through our door receives the respect and dignity they deserve just for being human,“said Brenda Guggisberg, GED Program Coordinator, The Upper Room. “No matter what they come here for, we want people to know that they are valued and worth the effort. We are so thankful for nora’s continued support of our organization and their help to making our space more inviting and welcoming for families and children accessing The Upper Room.“
The Upper Room is always in need of supplies and can accept donations online or in person. Visitr urteachers.org.
The Upper Room was chosen by nora system, Inc. as the one nonprofit establishment to work with this year.
FairPoint assists nonprofit groups
FairPoint Communications Inc. is once again celebrating the new year with a donation to a community nonprofit that receives the most votes on FairPoint’s Facebook page at www.facebook/MyFairPoint.
Any 501(c)3 organization located in New Hampshire communities and across the 17 states that FairPoint serves is eligible to receive votes. The voting started Dec. 12 and ends on Jan. 13, 2014.
The winner will be announced the week of Jan. 14, 2014.
“It was incredibly heart-warming last year to see the outpouring of support on Facebook for local community nonprofits in the states we serve,” said Pat McHugh, New Hampshire state president for FairPoint. “These groups enrich the lives of so many in the communities where we work and live. In celebration of our customers and our communities during this holiday season, FairPoint is honored to recognize the good deeds of these important organizations once again this year.”
Easter Seals New Hampshire received the most votes during last year’s campaign, and received $2,013, courtesy of FairPoint.