At COAST, we believe in the importance of giving back to our communities. COAST Cares is a staff-led initiative to make a difference by giving to local charities who support causes that line up with our values.

COAST Cares Campaigns:

February 29, 2024 - Day It Forward

In honor of 2024 being a Leap Year, COAST staff planned a "Day It Forward" campaign in support of fellow nonprofit Gather. All farebox collections on February 29 and contributions made by COAST staff and board members were donated along with non-perishable food and personal care donations collected during a Leap Day Stuff-A-Bus event at Hannaford on Central Avenue in Dover. In addition, COAST matched any bus tickets purchased and donated to Gather clients via COAST's website during the second half of the month.

In total the campaign resulted in COAST presenting Gather with donations of $929.92 in cash, 597 pounds of food, and 450 single ride bus tickets for distribution to their clients.

"This year we have an extra day to do something good and make the world a better place," said Vanessa Polychronis, COAST Community & Employee Relations Manager. "COAST and Gather serve many of the same people and communities. We are grateful to everyone who donated on Leap Day and applaud the good work that Gather does every day to eliminate hunger around the Seacoast."

December 2023 - Holiday Giving

For the holidays, COAST staff teamed up with Community Partners to provide gifts to local kids and teens in need. Community Partners provided COAST with a list of needs that included children from 15 different local families. The items on the wish lists spanned from toys and games to essentials like winter gear and soap. Within just three days of sharing the list, COAST staff members had volunteered to fulfill every single need. We hope to be able to continue this tradition in future years.

April 2022 - Earth Day

On Earth Day COAST staff volunteered to make our corner of the world a little greener by cleaning up trash along Sumner Drive (our street) in Dover. We removed over 15 large bags of trash as well as larger solid wast materials. In comparison to before the cleanup, Sumner Drive looked fantastic!

A simple, small effort to make a meaningful impact in our community.

September 2021 - NH Police, Fire, EMS Foundation

In observance of the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001, COAST donated all fares collected on Saturday, September 11 to the New Hampshire Police, Fire, and EMS Foundation ( Combined with donations collected from COAST staff members, COAST was able to donate a total of $536.83. 


December 2020 - NH Food Bank

In December of 2020, COAST held a Holiday Raffle Fundraiser that sold $5 raffle tickets to staff for the opportunity to win several winter-themed prizes. As a result of that fundraiser, COAST was able to donate a total of $505.00 to the New Hampshire Food Bank.

September 2019 - Strafford CAP

COAST held a series of "Jeans Day Fridays" to raise money for the Community Action Partnership of Strafford County. On Fridays, COAST employees who donated $5 to the fundraiser were allowed to wear jeans to work for the day. Through this initiative, COAST collected and donated a total of $280. 

Fall 2020 - Free Rides to the Polls

Starting in 2020 COAST began offering free rides on any of our fixed route buses and ADA paratransit services to adults on their way to, or returning from, voting in primary and general elections for local, statewide, and federal offices.

Voting is an important role that all voters should be encouraged to engage in, and we want to eliminate the barrier of transportation and its related costs.

November 2017 - "Giving Tuesday" donation collection to benefit adults with disabilities and seniors who are in crisis

For the month of November, COAST raised funds to support the Adult Protective Workers at the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) that help seniors and adults with disabilities who are in crisis. COAST staff and patrons raised a total of $1,875 to help DHHS clients in need.

COAST employees were encouraged to participate in the fund-raising campaign by taking part in “Jeans for Charity Fridays,” where staff donated $5 each Friday to wear jeans during their shift.

In addition to the $5 jeans donations, COAST donated all collected cash fares from their vehicles, as well as additional donations from the community, on Tuesday, November 28, in honor of Giving Tuesday. The public was encouraged to contribute cash or gift card donations on any COAST vehicle that day.

All funds raised during the campaign were used to purchase $25 gift cards for these crisis intervention workers at BEAS to use when someone reports a concern about abuse and/or neglect. Often times these case workers find seniors (disabled and not) without food, toilet paper, or other basic necessities, and these workers have very few resources to truly be able to help them. 

“COAST Cares is a wonderful way for COAST to give back to the communities we service,” stated Vanessa Polychronis, COAST Community Liaison. “The program mirrors our organizational values and goals to be active, compassionate members of our communities.”

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February 2017 - Food Drive to benefit End 68 Hours of Hunger

On Tuesday, February 28th, COAST donated $1,850 of collected bus fares and 6 boxes of food (donated by COAST staff and COAST patrons) to the End 68 Hours of Hunger program.

The money and food was divided equally among each of the six End 68 Hours of Hunger Chapters that operate in the communities COAST serves. 

End 68 Hours of Hunger is a program that puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to ensure they have access to food through the weekend.

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February 2016 - "Day it Forward" donation collection to benefit the NH Food Bank

On Leap Day, COAST decided do to something special with the extra 24 hours we all had in 2016 and raised over $1,800 in donations for the NH Food Bank as a part of their #DayItForward campaign.

Read our press release about our first COAST Cares campaign and the tremendous results.

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November 2013 - Veterans Day

Starting in 2013 COAST began honoring all who have served our country by offering free boardings of any COAST services for active duty military personnel, veterans, and their spouses and dependents.

We now annually take the opportunity to recognize and honor our employees who are active duty or veterans on Veterans Day. Our workforce typically consists of 15-20% of individuals who are currenlty serving or who have served in the military.

Let us never forget the sacrifices our service men and women made, and continue to make for us today, enabling us to live in a free country. It is with great honor that COAST salutes these brave men and women.