, Derry, New Hampshire


June 6, 2013

New credit union makes surprise visits in town

DERRY — A new business in town is making a clean sweep of some community streets.

That includes handing out free coupons and greetings to those who least expect it.

Granite State Credit Union was scheduled to open its doors this week at its new Derry location at 38 Birch St., the former Community Bank and Trust building. As part of its grand opening, the credit union is hosting a “Street Team” program, where people and organizations are surprised with special coupons, donations and greetings.

“We’ve been popping up all over Derry with fun surprises and have more in store over the next few weeks,” Granite State marketing official Jody Ducharme said. “It’s been such a great way to reach out and meet some of our new neighbors within the community.”

The new credit union was approved earlier this month by the Planning Board. The business also has a drive-through location at the Derry traffic circle.

Now that the new space is set to open, Ducharme said sending out the “teams” into the community is a way to meet residents and offer a smile and special surprise.

She said making a difference in someone’s life is what the company encourages.

“We are always trying to be philanthropic in our outreach, pay it forward,” she said.

The Birch Street location is the seventh full service Granite State branch in the state. The company also partners with Nashua and Alvirne high schools for a finance academy curriculum.

The outreach to surprise the company’s new neighbors in Derry continues.

Employees making up the street teams have already handed out free coffee to Derry police officers, helped diners at MaryAnn’s and Halligan’s Tavern pay for meals, and offered donations to the Sonshine Soup Kitchen.

Other local visits included handing out laundry money to those washing their clothes at the Green Collar Laundromat. Little League players and families also got a surprise visit last week with coupons for free hot dogs.

Even one lucky dog playing at the Derry Dog Park last Friday got a special surprise visit.

Ducharme said Granite State Credit Union hopes to continue to strengthen its community ties and will partner with the local Chamber of Commerce to sponsor a technology series in the fall.

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