On behalf of the University, on June 26, 2013, president Steve Kaplan presented West Haven Mayor John M. Picard ’87 with a voluntary contribution of $100,000 to the city as a gesture of goodwill.
Picard said the philanthropic gift, which will support the City’s Allingtown Fire Department, continues to strengthen the partnership forged between town and gown since he became mayor in 2005. The department was the recipient of a $100,000 voluntary contribution from the University last year as well.
“UNH has added a proud chapter to its distinguished history of benevolence that has enriched the fabric of our community,” said Picard. “Since I was elected mayor nearly eight years ago, the relationship between the city and UNH has only flourished. The University’s voluntary contributions, graciously granted by President Kaplan and the Board of Governors, have made important improvements to our business climate and infrastructure, along with our culture and quality of life."
Picard said the University’s voluntary contributions are separate from the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT funds, the city already receives for tax-exempt colleges and hospitals such as UNH, Yale University and the Veterans Affairs medical center.
"We are grateful to the city for the services it provides to us, especially the work of the city of West Haven Fire Department in Allingtown, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen the partnership between UNH and West Haven.”
The University continues to be a strong corporate partner and supporter of charitable programs in West Haven. In February, UNH announced a new scholarship initiative for graduating West Haven High School students. The "Charge into the Future" program will provide half-tuition scholarships for any graduating senior who is admitted as a full-time student to UNH. The University also gave the Savin Rock Festival Committee $5,000 for its sponsorship of the 32nd annual festival, which is July 25-28 in Old Grove Park, and contributed $5,000 to the Savin Rock Fireworks Committee for its sponsorship of the July 3 fireworks display.
The University also has been cooperating with the city to enhance the area around campus. In spring 2012, new awnings were installed on business facades along Boston Post Road. The awnings were financed by the Allingtown Neighborhood Development Coalition, an association formed by the city of West Haven and UNH to spur economic development in the area.