Nucar Cares

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At Nucar Nissan of Tilton, we believe in making a difference not just on the roads but in the hearts of our community. The Nucar Cares program is our way of giving back, fostering connections, and supporting the vibrant tapestry of organizations that make New Hampshire a better place for all. From the enchanting realms of art and science at The Rey Cultural Center in Waterville Valley to the compassionate advocacy of CASA in Manchester, and the historic transformation of the Notre Dame Ice Arena in Berlin, our commitment runs deep. These partnerships reflect our dedication to enhancing educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities across the state. Join us in celebrating the remarkable contributions of these organizations and the impact they have on our communities. Here are some of the great organizations the Nucar Cares program works with within New Hampshire.

Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire

Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire

The Sobriety Centers of New Hampshire are dedicated to guiding individuals towards a healthier, addiction-free life while offering healing support for their families. With two state-of-the-art facilities located in Laconia and Antrim, they provide a comprehensive range of addiction treatments. These offerings include a Drug and Alcohol Detox program, inpatient and outpatient treatment options, and individual and group therapy sessions. A trauma-informed approach ensures that each person receives personalized care, addressing the root causes of substance misuse. Their experienced and compassionate staff are committed to supporting every step of the recovery journey.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross Blood Drive plays a crucial role in saving lives by collecting blood donations for patients in need. Blood donations are essential because there is no substitute for human blood, and they help patients of all ages, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer.

For instance, cancer patients often need platelet donations due to the impact of treatments on their blood production, while trauma patients benefit from Power Red donations that provide critical red blood cells. Sickle cell patients, who require closely matched blood types, often benefit from donations from those of the same race or ethnicity, particularly Type O.

By donating blood, you can make a significant impact on the lives of individuals facing serious health challenges. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood, and your donation could be the difference they need. Join us in supporting the American Red Cross Blood Drive and help save lives in our community. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, visit Logo


At FUNds4Paws, the mission is simple yet profound—supporting organizations and individuals committed to the humane treatment of animals. The 2024 Indoor Triathlon at Funspot showcased this commitment, turning a fun-filled event into a powerful force for good. With a remarkable $63,000 raised, this triathlon not only highlighted the spirit of community and compassion but also significantly contributed to the welfare of animals across New Hampshire.

This event is a perfect example of how sports and charity can intersect to create a positive impact. Participants not only challenged themselves in a unique athletic endeavor but did so knowing every step taken, every lap completed, was in aid of animals in need. The success of the event underscores the dedication and generosity of all involved, from participants to sponsors, who came together to support a worthy cause.

Through initiatives like the Saving Animals Indoor Triathlon, FUNds4Paws continues to make a real difference in the lives of animals, providing help where it’s most needed and ensuring that the call for humane treatment echoes throughout our community.

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New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars

The New Hampshire Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) stands as a testament to the unwavering spirit and dedication of America’s veterans. Established from the aftermath of the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection, the VFW has grown from a few small bands of veterans seeking mutual aid to an influential organization advocating for veterans’ rights and benefits. With 43 posts across New Hampshire, the VFW offers a community and support network for veterans of various conflicts, from the Persian Gulf to Kosovo and the war on terrorism.

The organization’s achievements are monumental, playing pivotal roles in establishing the Veterans Administration, crafting the GI bills of the 20th and 21st centuries, developing the national cemetery system, and securing compensation for veterans exposed to Agent Orange and those diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. Moreover, the VFW’s commitment extends to improving VA medical services for women veterans and supporting the construction of memorials dedicated to veterans’ sacrifices.

Beyond advocacy, the VFW and its Auxiliaries embody the spirit of volunteerism, dedicating over 8.6 million hours annually to community service. They also invest in the future, providing more than $3 million in scholarships and savings bonds to students each year. This organization not only honors the legacy of America’s veterans but actively supports and uplifts them, ensuring their sacrifices are remembered and their needs are met.

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The Rey Cultural Center – Waterville Valley, NH

Nucar Ford of Plymouth had the incredible opportunity to sponsor the annual Skijor Galore and education event in Waterville Valley during the winter of 2023!

The renowned authors of the beloved Curious George children’s book series, Margret and H.A. Rey, once graced Waterville Valley as summer residents. Their lives were adorned with a myriad of passions and adventures, embracing roles as artists, historians, naturalists, and devoted stewards. Today, their indomitable spirit lives on through the Margret and H.A. Rey Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring their legacy of curiosity and discovery. The center achieves this noble goal by fostering a deeper appreciation for art, science, and nature through a diverse array of programs catering to youth, adults, and families alike.

The Reys’ lives were an ongoing pursuit of learning and community service, encompassing various realms like writing, illustration, astronomy, natural history, photography, environmental activism (with a focus on renewable energy), compassion for animals, and the simple joys of gardening, walking, and cycling. They held a special place in their hearts for children’s experiential learning, igniting curiosity and sparking imaginations. These very pursuits, emblematic of the Reys’ remarkable journey, form the bedrock of the Rey Center’s programs.

With a harmonious blend of art and science, physical and intellectual endeavors, a seamless intergenerational connection, and an unquenchable thirst for discovery, the Rey Center thrives as a beacon of learning and exploration. Through their endeavors, they continue to inspire countless individuals to embark on a lifelong journey of discovery, celebrating the joy of learning and the wonders of the world around us.

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Manchester, NH

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire stands as a compassionate nonprofit organization, devoted to enlisting, educating, and supporting a dedicated team of community volunteers. These remarkable individuals step forward to become advocates for children throughout the state who have endured the harsh realities of abuse or neglect. CASA’s noble mission revolves around offering vital support to the children, ensuring their voices are heard, and presenting crucial information to judges, thereby enabling informed decisions in the child’s best interest.

With the involvement of CASA volunteer advocates, the trajectory of a child’s life can undergo a profound transformation. Their tireless efforts work wonders, altering the course of a child’s narrative for the better.

Since its establishment in 1989, CASA has left an indelible mark on the lives of over 10,000 New Hampshire children, granting them the priceless gift of a voice within the District and Family Courts. Each child’s story is now fortified with hope, setting them on a path towards a brighter, more promising future. This remarkable impact is a testament to the unwavering dedication of CASA and its volunteers, championing the rights and well-being of these vulnerable children.

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Notre Dame Ice Arena – Berlin, NH

The Notre Dame Arena, an architectural gem established in 1947 under the auspices of the Catholic Church, stands tall as the second oldest indoor ice hockey arena in New Hampshire. Remarkably, it holds the distinction of being the sole 501(c)(4) non-profit arena in the region. A storied legacy accompanies this venerable arena, boasting the largest collection of New Hampshire Boys Ice Hockey State Championships and a remarkable four National Amateur champions.

For over seven decades, Notre Dame Arena has remained a cherished fixture in the vibrant Berlin community. Now, it is poised to undergo a grand metamorphosis, all thanks to a magnanimous and generous donation of $300,000 from the esteemed New Hampshire auto dealer, Dan Dagesse. The arena will emerge anew, splendidly rechristened as the “Nucar Notre Dame Arena,” a testament to Dagesse’s unwavering dedication to the facility and the community.

Dan Dagesse’s enduring support for the arena spans many years, with a genuine passion for participating in hockey and athletic events within the Berlin community. In his own words, “This renovation reflects our commitment to innovation, giving back, and being an integral part of the community. We are also proud that the Nucar name will now not only grace dealerships in New Hampshire but will also be synonymous with the arena.”

Notably, this act of generosity marks a continuation of Dagesse’s history of remarkable contributions to the arena. Back in 2007, he bestowed a substantial donation of $250,000, a pivotal contribution that breathed new life into the arena, fortifying its financial standing. Now, his latest benevolent gift will propel the renovations forward, fortifying financial stability, and ensuring the arena’s resilience even in the face of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beyond the monumental $300,000 donation, Dagesse has pledged an annual commitment of $30,000, dedicated to empowering young minds by offering scholarships for ice-skating lessons and extending financial support to those in need. As if this weren’t enough, the horizon is aglow with exciting prospects, as plans are underway to create the Nucar invitational hockey tournament, a thrilling event that promises to elevate the arena’s reputation even further.