Anthony Poore, a Manchester resident for seventeen years, currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Resource Development Committee for NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire. He is Deputy Director of Community Development & Financial Institutions Outreach for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and he also serves on the Advisory Board of Manchester Community College, on the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, and the Academic, Student & Workforce Development Committee of the Community College System of NH.
Q: How were you initially introduced to NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire?
A: When I first moved to Manchester, I worked for the MCRC (Manchester Community resource Center), and I worked with some people at what was at the time MNHS (Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services) on revitalizing Manchester’s Tree Streets. Some may remember the area we called “The Zone.” Not too long after, I was at a NeighborWorks® America National Training Institute (NTI) when I met Pauline [Ikawa]. When she found out I was from New Hampshire, she said she had to talk to me about Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services.
I already knew a lot about MNHS, so it was an easy sell for me to join up. After volunteering at a couple NeighborFest events, I joined the Board in 2009 and have been involved ever since.
Q: What made you get involved at the governance level?
A: I liked the idea of getting my hands dirty while offering guidance on the Board. NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire provides safe, sanitary housing at scale, which I can really get behind.
Q: Why is it important that affordable housing is produced and offered at scale?
A: It is important because regular people need help. Moderate income folks – firefighters and teachers, our friends and neighbors – need this kind of assistance, and I have a limited amount of time and money I can offer. Offering them the education they need along with the housing opportunities they can afford is really important in our community. I know I can make no greater investment with no greater reward than investing in my neighbor.
Q: You mentioned your limited resources, why do you choose to invest those in us instead of another local organization?
A: I mentioned scale as well, and one fact I like to throw at people is that NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire is the largest provider of affordable housing in the state. So when I invest in NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire, I know I am guaranteed to see impact. I can go to West Granite, where the old, formerly dilapidated buildings now stand revitalized and occupied, and touch and feel the difference. I know I am making a difference because I can see it. From my perspective on the Board, I see the results are being driven by good governance. You guys have a great Executive Director, a committed staff, and the track record of getting the job done.
Q: What’s the best part of being a part of NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire?
A: Of course, it’s that touch and feel aspect. And it’s knowing you can take my contribution, and leverage it with other opportunities. This office at 801 Elm Street is a great example. NeighborWorks® Southern New Hampshire was able to do more with my money, and create a permanent space, a footprint and an anchor right here on Elm Street. I think that’s pretty special.