Community Action Partnership of Strafford County is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization established under the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964 and established in Strafford County in May of 1965.
Published on August 12, 2023 | Meet the Team, Chat with the CAPSC Board
It is always gratifying when our community comes forward to volunteer, or help out at a CAPSC event or fundraiser. It sometimes leads to a second, third, or fourth volunteering, and that’s when we know we’ve found a true supporter. We couldn’t have been more pleased when not one, but 5 people decided that volunteering just wasn’t enough, and asked to join our Board of Directors!
We are proud to introduce you to 5 dedicated individuals who made the leap and joined our Board during the summer. Each has their own unique background and mission that fits in with the CAPSC mission.
The CAPSC Mission:
To reduce barriers to help clients improve their economic stability and well-being through education, advocacy, and partnerships.
Success is making positive contributions to the workplace as well as the community. I am part of a phenomenal board of directors who are working to improve and enrich the lives of the underserved in our county.
Christine McCluskey, a lifelong NH resident and new CAPSC Board member, has a long history of advocacy and community building for families at risk. She has been on the board of multiple non-profit organizations including the Rochester, NH Chamber of Commerce and the Homeless Shelter for Strafford County, and is also the current volunteer Commissioner of the Rochester Housing Authority. In her 9th year with local energy company (and longtime CAPSC corporate sponsor), D.F. Richard, in Customer Engagement, Ms. McCluskey applies her history and experience to foster stronger relationships through customer engagement and corporate philanthropy.
When asked why she chose to join the CAPSC Board of Directors, Christine said: “My reason for joining CAPSC board is a mash up of different reasons. First, I have a passion for the cause. I have been involved in nonprofit boards in the past which I felt are there to enrich the lives of the underserved. I feel that CAPSC encompasses this mission by helping women, children, elderly and low income. I live in Strafford County and believe in the neighbor helping neighbor philosophy. Working in the fuel industry has allowed me to see firsthand how beneficial the services CAPSC offers impacts a clients wellbeing. Second, I have a desire to make a difference. By joining the board I hope that my experience and ideas can have a direct influence on the organization’s ability to achieve its goals and create meaningful change. Finally, I feel that I will gain professional and personal development by being a part of the CAPSC board. Sitting around the board table so far has given me a true sense of how anything is possible when you have a diverse and driven group of people willing to give of themselves to better a cause. My fellow board members are all talented, smart and highly respected people in their professional roles and in the community. I look forward to learning from them. My hope is that this board will contribute to positive change and create a lasting impact in our communities we serve.”
I love the work the organization does and I really appreciate that we can see the success of the people we help.
Ian Oneail is the Wealth Management Relationship Manager at Bangor Savings Bank, and has been in the financial industry for over 16 years. Previously, he was a branch manager for multiple regional and community banks and ran his own independent financial planning practice before joining Bangor Wealth Management of NH in June of 2022. Ian currently serves the various seacoast communities of NH and is based in Portsmouth. He is a proud graduate of UNH and is very passionate about helping the communities he is a part of. In addition to serving on the CAPSC Board, he currently serves as vice chair on the Board of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Woodman Museum of Dover, and Sergeant of Arms and board member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club. When not working or volunteering his time, Ian loves to play golf and spend time with his wife Megan, son Cullen, and family pets at their home in Raymond, NH.
What Ian says about his reasons for joining the CAPSC Board of Directors: “I decided to join CAP because in my previous role as the Branch Manager at First Seacoast Bank, we partnered with them a few times throughout the year with food and monetary donations. I also went through Leadership Seacoast with Melissa Spil who is an outstanding person and a great face for CAP. She invited me to the Annual Meeting and I heard that they were looking for board members. I reached out to Melissa to see if I would be a good fit, and fast forward a couple of months and I am here! I love the work the organization does and I really appreciate that we can see the success of the people we help.”
I can’t think of any organization that does more for communities throughout Strafford County than CAPSC.
Anthony Carr is a member of the personal injury team at Shaheen Gordon Attorneys at Law. He concentrates his practice on representing individuals who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of the neglect of others, including sexual assault, municipal liability, Section 1983 litigation, product liability, nursing home abuse, crashworthiness liability, and toxic torts such as asbestos. His practice also spans an array of geographic regions as he is licensed in five states, including Hawaii, and three federal courts.
What Anthony says about his reasons for joining the CAPSC Board of Directors: “I joined the board because I wanted to help support CAPSC’s efforts. When I moved to Dover, I knew instantly this was a community I wanted to be a part for a long time. In that regard, I can’t think of any organization that does more for communities throughout Strafford County than CAPSC. I consider it an honor to be on this board and look forward to playing my small part.”
Founded in 1965, CAPSC is the sole provider in Strafford County to offer a full suite of programs and services designed to have a measurable impact on the health and welfare of children, seniors, and people experiencing low incomes. Our goal is to fulfill these needs and uphold the intrinsic dignity of our clients. When we can accomplish this, we are creating new, brighter futures not only for them, but also the greater community to which we all belong.
We thank the many members of our community who give their time, their skilled expertise, and their warm smiles in support of the programs at CAPSC. If you are interested in getting involved in one of our programs, we have many options.
Whether you are interested in a one-time event, or want to find a recurring volunteer spot, our goal is to try to match our needs with your interests, and to grow our family of caring individuals who give so much back to their community.
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