MSI Mechanical Community Involvement

Photo Caption: Brian Hooper, MSI VP of operations (right), and founder of Building Dreams for Marines stands with Cpl Andrew Johnson, his wife Heather and their son, along with New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte. Cpl Johnson's home was the third renovation project completed by Building Dreams for Marines. Click Here for more information.

MSI Mechanical Community Involvement

MSI is very involved in the community. In addition to supporting various non-profits throughout the state through volunteering and in-kind donations, Brian Hooper, MSI VP of Operations founded Building Dreams for Marines. This mission based non profit organization's sole purpose is to provide no-cost planning, designing and building services to make a marine's "home-life" more comfortable and accessible. In just over one year, the organization renovated three New Hampshire Marines' homes. For more information or ways you can help visit the Building Dreams for Marines website.

One of MSI’s proudest contributions over the past few years has been our commitment to community involvement. These commitments and contributions include:


Building Dreams for Marines

Building Dreams for Marines

Building Dreams for Marines has been established to assist Marines who have honorably served and have a physically-limiting condition, with life-enhancing modifications to their homes. For our brave men and women who have lost some aspect of their mobility, Building Dreams for Marines steps in to provide no-cost planning, designing and building services.
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The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1980, the PMC has successfully melded support from committed cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors and individual contributors. All are essential to the PMC's goal and model: to attain maximum fundraising efficiency while increasing its annual gift. Our hope and aspiration is to provide Dana-Farber's doctors and researchers the necessary resources to discover cures for all cancers.
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Friends of the Library of Windham

Friends of the Library of Windham

Friends of the Library of Windham is a non-profit corporation in Windham, NH made up of volunteers dedicated to encouraging greater use of the Nesmith Library and its many services. The Annual Strawberry Festival & Book Fair is the primary fundraiser to support the Nesmith Library and is one of the largest community events in Windham each year. The proceeds of the Festival help the library and community by offering a wide spectrum of educational and cultural programs including: library enhancements, book donations to the library, museum passes for library patrons, annual scholarships for Windham graduating seniors, community outreach initiatives such as Helping Hands, and bringing guest authors to the library and Windham schools. MSI is pleased to sponsor this significant event as a Festival Colleague in support of the Friends of the Library of Windham and the entire Windham community.
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The Girls Scouts of the Green and White Mountains of NH

The Girls Scouts of the Green and White Mountains of NH

"Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place."

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains is one of 109 councils chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA, the world’s leading organization dedicated solely to girls, where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success. In partnership with caring adults, girls develop qualities to serve them all their lives: strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their potential and self-worth.

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains serve 16,000 girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. With the guidance of more than 5,200 dedicated and trained volunteers, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through hundreds of programs offered each year, girls develop their leadership potential through activities that enable them to discover their values, skills and the world; connect with others in a multicultural environment; and take action to make a difference in the world.
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Shepherd’s Pantry, Inc and NH Food Bank

Shepherd’s Pantry, Inc and NH Food Bank

The Pantry serves about 100 families every week with one or two bags of groceries plus meat, bread, some personal/health items and seasonal vegetables.They distribute food to anyone who resides in New Hampshire and requests their assistance. MSI wanted to give more than just our spare time to our local Pantry and therefore sought out the NH Food Bank. We were allowed to take a tour of the Manchester, NH facility to see if we could offer anything further. They showed us how the food is distributed to those in need and shipped equally to the Catholic Charities throughout the state. We felt it was an honor to give both a cash donation and our time to help the Shepherd’s Pantry and the NH Food Bank.
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Make-A-Wish Foundation

Make-a-Wish Foundation

MSI adopts and brings a new Make-A-Wish Foundation® Program to NH. MSI wanted to make a difference and get involved in the lives of children in our community so we started a new program in NH called "Driving for Dreams" which was the first in NH but was originally founded in 2002 in South Dakota. The main objective of this program is to use our fleet of 17 MSI service vehicles emblazed with their logo to show our support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This partnership launches the first "Driving for Dreams" campaign in New Hampshire.

The main reason for picking this charity is because Brian Hooper was moved to give back while on a family vacation in Florida, where he met a Make-A-Wish family. This particular family said it wouldn't be possible for them to have this experience if it wasn't for Make-A-Wish. It was very touching for Brian and his wife Laura, who both really wanted to help in some way. Brian contacted Make-A-Wish with his aspiration to impact Wish Children here in New Hampshire. Subsequently, "Driving for Dreams", was created in NH to allow local corporations to sponsor a Wish, while also using their fleet of vehicles to remind others creating an impact is only a call away. Make-A-Foundation of New Hampshire, Director of Corporate Alliances, Jason Tremblay, is thankful for the support, "We are so grateful for Brian and MSI’s generous commitment to bring such joy and happiness to our Wish Children, their families and communities throughout the Granite State. MSI sets a wonderful example, now more than ever we need the New Hampshire community to rally together in support of our Wish Children."
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Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

MSI really wanted to help children during these tough times especially at Christmas time. So we contacted our local Marine Corp and asked how we can get involved and how can we help.

They suggested we volunteer for the Toys for Tots program for which the objectives is to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas through the collection and distribution of new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year. This program has numerous toy drop off locations throughout the State of NH, many concentrated in the southern tier. They rely on Marine Reservists and a few dedicated volunteers to pick up the donated toys from these locations as well as sort the toys and fill the orders. This can be overwhelming for such a small group of volunteers with the most difficult task being picking up the toys from the local drop locations throughout the state.

Family Readiness Advisor, Gwen Krailo, feels "Having the MSI Mechanical trucks pick up toys was a godsend. MSI trucks were on the road each week performing a valuable service to us. They made dozens of trips on December 23rd to pick up the last of the toys, shut down the drop locations, and make deliveries last minute. This company covered hundreds of miles saving us valuable resources in manpower and gasoline so that we could provide Christmas presents to needy children."

MSI made weekly phone calls to drop-off locations in southern NH every Thursday and made the respective pick-ups on Fridays and dropped of the loads of toys at the Marine Corp located in Londonderry, NH. We had never experienced the crunch time that Toys for Tots faces every year, however on the last day December 23rd, we made approximately 15-17 loads with three vans and pickup trucks dedicated to just Toys for Tots on this particular day. We knew this was the last and final day before Christmas and we knew the located children were in need of these toys so we were committed to making this happen.
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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

We found that giving checks for charity is a wonderful and great effort many companies manage to do. However, we wanted to go that next step. We contacted our local Habitat for Humanity and discovered that numerous residential buildings on Market Street in Lawrence, Massachusetts were devastated by fire in January, 2008. Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity staff, board of directors, volunteers, and supporters were committed to rebuilding these homes as quickly as possible. We wanted to help this local effort rebuild their Market Street homes by providing brand new HVAC systems and installation services for free for two of these homes. Larry Sharp, Habitat Executive Director, stated "Even in these tough economic times, MSI Mechanical Systems of Salem, NH, recognizes the great need in their community and should be applauded for their generous contribution". MSI presented Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity with a check representing the donation valued at $22,157.92. Brian Hooper, Vice President of MSI, stated "We all need to give back especially now during these tough economic times."
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Student Co-op Program

Student Co-op Program

MSI’s Co-op Program is a multiple state-wide effort assisting local schools and communities to develop a learning system that promotes attainment of high academic standards, career development and workforce preparation for every student.  Many schools and school districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire use this resource to sustain the school-work partnership within their schools. One of our partners in this great effort is Blackstone Valley Technical High School located in Upton, Massachusetts. We have been offering this program with this particular school for six (6) years and have hired five of those students that have graduated. One of the main philosophy methods of offering relevant curriculum to students that links what they learn in the classroom to what they will do after graduation. Children learn better when information is made relevant. MSI ensures that relevancy is brought to light by linking their schoolwork to workplace realities. School-to-Career bridges the world of school to the world of work by linking school-based activities such as classroom speakers, tutors, mentors and professional development curriculum with real world work activities. Work reality is infused into the standard course of study through collaboration of the business community and classroom teachers.

MSI's pursuit of high academic standards and vocational training has focused attention on motivating students to excel in school and to make wise career choices. School-to-Career directly reinforces a school system's high academic achievement goals: more students at or above grade level, fewer students dropping out of school, and more students going on to post-secondary education or training.
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ACE Mentoring Program of Southern NH

ACE Mentoring Program of Southern NH

In order to more effectively cultivate talent in the building professions and trades, MSI Mechanical Systems has become the first New Hampshire partner of the ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc. MSI is starting an ACE chapter at Windham High School to be their first student-mentor pilot program starting in the fall of 2010. ACE is an acronym for architecture, construction, and engineering. The program's mission is to enlighten and increase the awareness of high school students to career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering and related areas of the design and construction industry through mentoring; and to provide scholarship opportunities for students in an inclusive manner reflective of the diverse school population. Brian and Tom will serve at the leaders and main contacts of the ACE Mentor Program in New Hampshire.
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The Rotary Club of Greater Salem

The Rotary Club of Greater Salem

Thomas Hooper Jr. is also a Rotarian with the Greater Salem Rotary Club in which he partakes in numerous charitable events and programs. Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. MSI is proud to be a part of Rotary’s objective of service in the community and in the workplace.

A sampling of community projects that the Tom has participated in include:

  • Participated in the delivery of holiday food baskets to local residents
  • Participated in the distribution of dictionaries to third grade students in the communities Rotary serves
  • Assisted with the Salem Fishing Derby

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Salem Chamber of Commerce

Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce - School-to-Careers

Brian Hooper serves as a committee member of Salem’s Business Education Collaborative Committee, a branch of the Salem Chamber. The committee participates in activities that build and strengthen partnerships between business, education, and community in the Southern New Hampshire area. These activities are designed to help prepare our next generation of business leaders.

The committee offers their support of Salem High School’s "Annual Sophomore Career Exploration Day" which is held at Northern Essex Community College located in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Brian of MSI volunteers every year to be an active participant and speaker for this "Career Exploration Day". Just recently, Brian Hooper and an MSI Project Manager, Sean McNamara, participated and spoke in a series of career related events to help students explore career interests in the HVAC industry.
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Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Employer Support of the Guard and Reservers

MSI received a Statement of Support from the National Guard and Reserve. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of our National Guard and Reserve units. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency whose mission is to gain and maintain employer support for Guard and Reserve service. ESGR fosters support, increased awareness of the law, and conflict resolution through informal mediation.

The Statement of Support confirms that MSI joins other employers who pledge:

  • We fully recognize, honor and enforce the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • Our managers and supervisors will have the tools they need to effectively manage those employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  • We will continually recognize and support our country’s service members and their families in peace, in crises and in war.

Brian Hooper, vice president of MSI, stated "It's the very least we can do to show our support of the men and women who serve in today’s military forces. I feel as though it is my responsibility to help those who are currently serving. We are very happy to show our support". MSI joins a group of Fortune 500 companies, state and federal agencies and thousands of America’s employers in demonstrating support for our armed forces.
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Boys and Girls Club

Boys and Girls Club of Salem

Sean McNamara and Brian Hooper of MSI Mechanical make a generous donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Salem, NH. "We feel its important to help those who help others, especially during these hard economic times," says Brian.
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MSI is also happy to support other local community events and charities by making cash donations to such organizations as the Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation and the Boys & Girls Club.
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