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March Appeal
 
If you still haven't sent in your March appeal donation, don't worry there is still time.  We have a goal of raising $20,000 and although we are on our way, we are not there yet.   You can help by mailing in your check or  donating today to help us reach our goal and keep the Friends Program out in the community. Thank you !
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Help us Raise $1,000
Take Action by April 8th

The Youth Mentoring Program has the opportunity to receive $1,000 but time is running out.  Go online, complete 9 easy tasks and help the Friends Youth Mentoring Program receive $1,000.
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Shop at Rite Aid to Support the Youth Mentoring Program

Enroll in 
KidCents  and your in-store & online purchases at Rite Aid will be rounded up to the next whole dollar amount. Your change can go to our Youth Mentoring Program and make a meaningful difference in the lives of local children.
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Monthly Gifts

Did you know that you can give to the Friends Program monthly through your credit card?  You can choose the amount you want to give - $10, $20, $50, or more - and we will take care of the rest.   Contact us to set this up. Thank you for your support.
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Youth Mentoring Says Thank You!

Eversource recently awarded a $2,500 grant in support of the Friends Youth Mentoring Program. 
 
Terri Smith, Youth Mentoring Program Director; Allen Desbiens, Senior Corporate Analyst for Eversource and Friends Board of Trustee Member; and Jerry Madden, Friends Executive Director.

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Help Us Spread the Word About Friends

Do you belong to a neighborhood group, service organization, or workplace giving collaborative?  If so, we would love to be a guest speaker at an upcoming meeting to let others know what the Friends Program does.   Contact  us if interested. 
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Shop Online & Support Friends 

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase  from  AmazonSmile to the Friends Program so shop away.
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Youth Mentoring Orientations

Make a difference in the life of a Merrimack County young person and be a mentor. The first step is attending an orientation that will introduce you to our program and outline what's involved. 

Upcoming orientations:
Thursday, April 6th 4:30-7:00pm
Thursday, May 11th 4:30-7pm
Wednesday, June 21st 1-3:30pm (Teens)

Step up and step in to help a needy child. Call 228-0108 for more info.  
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Free Senior
Exercise Classes

Don't let the rainy days of Spring stop your exercise plans. Friends Bone Builders is a low-impact workout that yields high-impact results. These osteoporosis and senior strength programs are held at over 20 locations. 
Click   here for class locations.
 
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We Want YOU!

Do you support the Friends Program and want to get more involved? 

We are always looking for volunteers to serve on the  Development (Fundraising) Committee  and the  RSVP Advisory Committee

If you are interested in learning more about these volunteer opportunities, contact us
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The Friends Program will participate in NH Gives on June 6th-7th and we hope we can count on your support. 
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Agency Brochures

If you would like to view our newest agency brochures, click on the links below.

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SAVE THE DATE

Thursday, May 4th from 5-7pm
Join us for a fundraiser at Marketplace New England.  10% of sales will benefit the Friends Program.  Plan to stop by and support us and this great local store.
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RSVP is Working to Make Sure No Child Goes Hungry

RSVP, along with Friends of Forgotten Children and the Merrimack Valley School District,  have launched a Backpack Program to alleviate childhood hunger.  
 
Each Friday, the participating children are provided with a backpack filled with enough healthy and nutritious food items for seven weekend meals.   
Contact us if you would like to volunteer.
April 2017
Mastering Heights Nate Giffard

In honor of National Volunteer Month, the Friends Youth Mentoring Program wanted to highlight Nate Giffard.   We believe Nate is the only person that has been both a Mentee & Mentor in our Program.

Nate was partnered with his Mentor at age 8 and became a Mentor himself while attending St. Paul's School.  When asked why he decided to be a Mentor, he stated:

"It had been important to me and I wanted to give that experience to another."  Nate stated, "This program gives kids a friend in the sense that a mentor is there just for them."  From first-hand experience as both a mentee and now a mentor, Nate reflected, "Kids gain self-confidence.  I wanted my mentee to be able to dream, express ideas, and not be discouraged."  

Nate is now on the eve of graduation from St. Paul's School and to his credit, has impressively earned his way into Dartmouth College.   Click here to read more about Nate.
Thank You to Our 2017 Lead Sponsor

The Friends Program would like to thank Merrimack County Savings Bank for being the Lead Business Sponsor for 2017.   When asked why the Bank choose to support the Friends Program, Mr. Philip Emma, Bank President stated:

"We've been long-time advocates of the Friends Program due to the incredible impact they've made in helping countless individuals throughout Concord and surrounding communities. We're honored to continue supporting their efforts in 2017, our 150 th anniversary year!  Merrimack County Savings Bank was founded on the principle of service to others, and we gladly stand behind the Friends Program, who have been a wonderful example for us all."

Thank You!
Foster Grandparent & RSVP Proposed Reductions to Federal Funding  
 

President Trump has proposed the following reductions to the National budgets for these two Senior Corps Program:

Foster Grandparents
Reduction from $107 million to $21 million

Senior Companions (RSVP)
Reduction from $45 million to $9 million

If you are involved with either of these Programs, please share your stories with our NH Congressional Delegation so they know how important you think the Foster Grandparent and RSVP Programs are to the residents of NH.

National Service Helps New Hampshire!
Thank You......

Cobb Hill Construction for your $250 donation in support of the Friends Program.

Praxair  for your $200 donation in support of the Youth Mentoring Program.

NHTI  for your children's book collection for the Foster Grandparent Program. 

Checkmate Pizza for donating a pizza every week for each of our Emergency Shelter families.

City of Concord and American Friends Service Committee  for including the Friends Program as a presenter on Community Resources as part of the Civics Academy.

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 Spring Cleaning Can Help the Friends Program Clean-Up

Norwex is a well-respected international company selling environmentally sustainable products for your home and family. 
 
A Norwex consultant and supporter of the Friends Program has offered to donate 20% of sales to us so we are having a PARTY and YOU are invited!
 
Date:       Wednesday, April 5th 
Time:       5:00-7:00pm 
Location: Friends Program Office
                202 North Main Street, Concord
 
Stop in, enjoy some light refreshments, do some shopping and support us.  If you can not attend, you can shop online from April 5th - 15th and we will still benefit.
 Emergency
 Housing Staff Training 

Jake King, partner and trainer at Thrive Outdoors, facilitated a Self-Awareness and Defense training for the Emergency Housing staff.  The United Baptist Church, our next door neighbor, was kind enough to provide us the space for the training.
 
Welcome!
  
The Friends Program would like to extend a warm welcome to Laura Miller to the Board of Trustees. 
Laura is the Founder and President of Marketplace New England, a retail operation that features locally made products from NH and New England.  Laura has been a resident of the Concord area for 22 years.  In her spare time she is involved with fostering rescue dogs and social justice causes.  
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RSVP In Action
RSVP Members and friends recently enjoyed a tour of the NH State House followed by lunch at The Barley House in Concord.   Everyone had a wonderful time and learned so much.  The tour was highlighted by a visit to the Executive Council Chamber where Governor Sununu personally greeted each volunteer.  

If you would like to learn more about RSVP, attend one of our upcoming trainings.
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Thank you to the following highlighted 2017 Business Sponsors
   








 














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