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An accomplished freestyle skier and senior at Keene High School, David Hudgik is well known at winter recreation areas around the Monadnock Region. His life took a dramatic turn in 2011 though, after a trampoline accident left him a quadriplegic. In an effort to provide appropriate, handicapped-accessible housing for Hudgik, local architect Michael Petrovick, and several members of the professional community, have donated their time and talents in creating an independent living space that keeps the family under one roof.

A Home for David

The house renovations at 124 Old Walpole Road, designed and overseen by Petrovick, will include mechanical and technical conveniences such as a garage door that opens via iPad, a fully-accessible interior door which opens onto a ramp into the main home, and an elevator. David’s bedroom is equipped with a track system to assist his family with his mobility and care. A fully finished, walk-out basement has also been renovated to provide David with additional space.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the Hudgik family as they work within the parameters of David’s injury,” shares Michael J. Petrovick. “Our goal is to provide David with a home that allows him independent living on a scale commensurate with his previous level of activity; a place where he can find solace, dignity and beauty.”

Heather Bos of All-Ways Accessible in Concord, a privately owned company that specializes in lift equipment including elevators, completed an accessibility assessment of the property prior to the purchase of the home. “We’re excited to work on this project with the Hudgiks, Michael Petrovick and Williams Construction Group,” says Bos. “We’re always impressed when local community members are this involved in efforts to provide accessibility.”

Tim Stebbins, of Stebbins Spectacular Painting in Marlborough, donated his time in painting the interior of the home with low VOC paint. Dave Williams of Williams Construction Group in Keene provided discounted time and materials essential for the project. Wendy Pelletier, Surveyor in Keene, also donated her time to the project. Steve Meyer of Gem Graphics offered discounted signage to raise awareness of the project.

The Hudgik house will be complete in early January.

About Michael Petrovick Architect
Michael Petrovick is principal of Michael Petrovick Architect, which specializes in residential, commercial, civic and sacred architecture. Michael works to bridge architectural design and technology while contributing contextually to the environment. His designs are committed to enriching and enhancing the lives of those within the structures he creates. Michael has served on the Board of Trustees of the George Holmes Bixby Memorial Library in Francestown where he oversaw the renovation and expansion of the library. He is President of the Board of Monadnock Music, a Board member of Pathways to Keene, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Community Church of Francestown and Monadnock Buy Local. He is currently working with the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society on the restoration of several historic buildings in town. Michael is an Adjunct Professor in the Keene State College School of Architecture. For more information, visit www.mjparchitect.com.

About David Hudgik
David Hudgik is a 17-year-old Keene athlete whose life was changed forever after a 2011 trampoline accident left him a quadriplegic. A competitive snowboarder and skier, David was known for his accomplished freestyle, his friendly manner, and loving heart.

For more information, visit www.DavidsJourneytoRecovery.com. To make a tax free donation toward David’s uninsured medically-related expenses, send a check to:
Two Radnor Corporate Center
100 Matsonford Road, Suite 100
Radnor, PA 19087

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Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News (MBL Media Sponsor)

In the Monadnock Region, we are fortunate to have a number of large companies giving generously to the “small guy” and our community.  What we don’t always notice is that the reverse is true as well.  Our community has many small businesses and nonprofits offering services that enable both large & small businesses and our community to thrive.

In past articles, we featured how independent businesses support nonprofits.  We’re flipping that around in this article, focusing on how nonprofits support for-profit businesses and our local economy.

“Nonprofits are businesses that have been granted a special tax status by the IRS because they provide a public benefit and their profits support their mission,” shares Mary Ann Kristiansen Executive Director of the Hannah Grimes Center. “They provide jobs, require a solid business model, purchase goods, rent and own property and provide good and services.  They provide vital support and direct contributions to a thriving local economy and vibrant community.”

In New Hampshire, nonprofits contribute $9.1 billion dollars to the state’s economy, equaling 15% of our GDP. Nonprofits also provide one out of seven jobs in our state.  And, given our lean government, New Hampshire residents rely more heavily on nonprofits to provide the services that they need. {View more about nonprofits in New Hampshire.}

Businesses also rely on the nonprofit sector for services.  Specifically, they look to nonprofits to help improve their financial, environmental and social bottom lines.  In the Monadnock Region, one example of a nonprofit working to strengthen for-profit businesses is the Hannah Grimes Center in Keene.  Hannah Grimes offers a broad range of programs, from its Business Incubator Program to its lunchtime workshops, to start, grow and connect businesses.

One locally-owned business owner who receives direct support from the Hannah Grimes Center is local architect and Monadnock Buy Local (MBL) Member Michael Petrovick.  He is an associate of the Hannah Grimes Business Incubator, a business growth program that includes office space. “I can’t say enough about how important a role Hannah Grimes Center and the events hosted here have played in the immediate growth of my business,” says Mike. “I’ve gotten two new projects and some great opportunities for future work.  The time I’ve invested in attending Hannah Grimes events has clearly been time well spent.” Learn more at http://www.hannahgrimes.com.

Southwestern Community Services (SCS) serves as our second example of how one nonprofit supports a for-profit business.  SCS implemented a payroll deduction program, helping their employees become founding member-owners of the Monadnock Community Market Co-op, a cooperatively-owned food store opening in downtown Keene. This program made it possible for 31 SCS Staff Members to join the MCM Co-op, for a total investment of $6,800.

On a nationwide scale, Monadnock Buy Local gets guidance and inspiration from two nonprofits: the Business Alliance for Local Living Economy (BALLE) and the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA).  Both organizations offer resources, trainings and networking opportunities for independent business networks like MBL. Here’s a flavor of their offerings:  Last month, AMIBA hosted the “Building Prosperity from Within” Conference in Louisville, KY where attendees shared successes and best practices with each other. This month, BALLE offered a webinar called “Financing our Foodshed” that shared models of peer-to-peer local investing opportunities to connect local investors with local businesses.  Learn more about AMIBA at www.amiba.net and BALLE at www.livingeconomies.org.

Are you involved with a nonprofit that supports for-profit businesses, or do you own of a locally-owned business that benefits from the work of nonprofits?  Please share your story with Monadnock Buy Local: monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com.

Monadnock Buy Local is near the end of its 2012 Membership Drive.  Locally-owned businesses & nonprofits are invited to join before May 1, 2012 to be included in the 2012 Monadnock Buy Local Guide. Details are at http://monadnocklocal.org/join-us.

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Originally published in the Monadnock Shopper News

“Buy Local” and “Local First” initiatives are popping up across the country, and it’s not just for-profit businesses supporting this movement. Non-profit organizations are joining the membership ranks as well, wanting to contribute to this movement’s mission and recognize how important the independent business community is to their success.

While one donation from one locally-owned business may be small, when considered together, contributions from all locally-owned businesses are huge. In fact, one study found that non-profit organizations receive an average of 350% greater support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned businesses.

Donations from locally-owned businesses can support non-profits in a multitude of ways.  Below are just four examples highlighting how Monadnock Buy Local non-profits are supported by our area’s independent businesses.

Supporting Annual Fundraising Events:

The Cornucopia Project in Hancock teaches children and adults about organic gardening–believing individuals best understand where their food comes from when they grow, harvest and eat it themselves.

An annual fundraising and community-building event called “Evening in the Garden” supports the Cornucopia Project’s school-based and community-based gardening programs throughout the year. This fundraiser, supported largely by local businesses, brings over 230 people together and raises $15,000.  Some of the locally-owned businesses that make the “Evening in the Garden” a success, either through event sponsorship or product donations, include:

Achille Agway, Chesham Consulting, Aesop’s Tables, The Waterhouse Restaurant, Monadnock Paper Mill, Lake Sunapee Bank, New England Forest Products, FirstTracks Marketing, Flashpoint Technologies, Crotched Mountain Foundation, Yankee Publishing, Roy’s Market, Nature’s Green Grocer, Bakery 42, Dottie Cullinane Massage, Louise Clayton Designs, Michael Petrovich Architects, Clarke Distributors, Hancock Baskets, Ideal Compost, Monadnock Music, Plowshare Farm and Walpole Creamery.

“Without the support of these businesses, we would not be able to make a difference in so many young students’ lives,” shared Sandra Faber, Assistant Director of the Cornucopia Project.  “When nutrition, healthy eating habits, sustainability and the social, environmental and economic impact of ‘keeping it local’ are taught at a young age, it becomes a way of living.”

Donating Materials for Specific Projects:

Southwestern Community Services (SCS) in Keene provides direct assistance, reduces stressors, and advocates for low income people and families. C&S Wholesale supports multiple projects benefiting the SCS Head Start program.

In 2010, C&S donated a warming hut for Head Start families, giving them a comfortable place to wait in before the doors open and for transportation to and from SCS.  C&S also bought the materials for, constructed, stored and delivered 19 raised garden beds at five SCS Head Start centers (across Sullivan and Cheshire Counties) for their Early Sprouts Program.  They also paid for five truckloads of soil from Ground Up Landscaping Materials and had it delivered to each Head Start site.

“With the generous donation from C&S, we have been able to expand our Early Sprouts Nutrition and Gardening Program this year, bringing the fun of gardening and a love of growing, and eating, vegetables to more than two hundred Head Start children and families,” said Jennifer Kozaczek, SCS Head Start Nutrition Services Manager.

Offering In-Kind Donations to Reduce Costs:

The Colonial Theatre in Keene is a historic performing arts center offering award winning live performances and films to our community.  It receives support from numerous locally-owned businesses in the form of cash donations, but also benefits from substantial in-kind donations from area businesses such as Economy Mechanical Services, Silver Direct, True North Networks and Hamblet Electric, Inc.

“The annual maintenance expenses for the building and theatre equipment represent about 10% of The Colonial’s operating budget,” stated Alec Doyle, Executive Director of The Colonial Theatre.  “It would be even higher if not for the in-kind support we receive from Economy Mechanical Services and other service providers in the community.  When we had one of our $30,000 air conditioning units go down this summer, not only did Economy Mechanical respond quickly; they donated a portion of the installation, saving The Colonial thousands of dollars.”

Contributing to Large Capital Campaigns through Tax Credits

Another cinema, The Park Theatre in Jaffrey, is housed in an 89 year-old building in downtown Jaffrey in need of restoration.  The Theatre’s programs have attracted more than 5,700 patrons to downtown Jaffrey since 2007. Its restoration campaign included selling $500,000 in tax credits.

“The Theatre has received significant support from the area’s businesses,” said The Park Theatre’s Campaign Chair Donald Upton.  “New Hampshire’s tax credit program makes it possible for businesses to donate to the Theatre with their tax dollars, and, in effect, gives the business the ability to contribute ten times what it otherwise might be able to do.”

Thirty companies donated to The Park Theatre through the CDFA Tax Credit Program including Baybutt Construction Managers, Frazier & Sons Factory Furniture Store, Lynn C. Rust, CPA, Roy’s Market and Sequoya Technologies Group.

These four non-profits give their thanks to the Monadnock independent business community by contributing to this article and becoming a member of Monadnock Buy Local.  Are you involved with a non-profit that receives support from an independent business, or do you own of a locally-owned business?  Please share your story with Monadnock Buy Local: monadnockbuylocal@gmail.com.

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