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Register Now to Support the Friends Program

Saturday, April 22nd from 11:30am-1:30pm
Yoga Class, book reading, and book signing at Blossom Yoga & Wellness with donations  
to benefit the 
Youth Mentoring Program. 


Saturday, June 23rd at 8am
10K road race during Concord Market Days with 50% of proceeds to benefit the Friends Program.  
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If you are not a runner, you can help by volunteering at the race. Sign up here.

If your business would like to be a sponsor of the Capital City Classic Race, contact Laura Scott for more information. 
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Free AARP Tax Assistance

With assistance from the  Friends RSVP Program volunteers , AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers  free , individualized tax preparation for low- to moderate-income taxpayers over 50 years old.
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For more information and locations 
for free tax assistance, click here
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Annual Report Available

The FY2017 Friends Program Annual Report is on the way to your mailboxes.  If you cant wait or are not sure if you are on our mailing list, you can check it out here.

Thank you to everyone that supported us! 
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Save The Date - GOLF!

Our 21st annual Golf Tournament, to benefit the Youth Mentoring Program, will be held on Monday, September 10th at the Concord Country Club.

  More information will be available in the coming months but contact Laura Scott if you would like information about exclusive sponsorship opportunities.
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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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We Want YOU!

Do you want to support the Friends Program by getting more involved? Are you interested in seniors having meaningful opportunities to volunteer in their community?
 
If yes, we are looking for volunteers to serve on the RSVP Advisory Committee, which provides input and advise to staff and Board of Trustee members on the RSVP Program.

If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Susan Smith, Senior Programs Director, for more information. 
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RSVP Activities

RSVP volunteers are keeping busy and giving back across the four counties where we serve.  Check out the latest newsletter for more information.  

If you are 55+ and want to make a difference in your community, you can get involved with RSVP too!

We have an upcoming Orientation on Thursday, April 12th @ 10am at the Merrimack County Nursing Home.  Call 228-0139 or email to reserve your seat.

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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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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 orientation:
Thursday, April 19th
Wednesday, May 30th
Tuesday, June 26th (Teens Only)

Orientations are from 4:30-7pm (Teen Orientation is 1-3:30pm) at the Friends Program office, 202 North State Street, Concord. 

Step up and step in to help a needy child. 
Call 228-0108 for more info.  
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Support the Friends Program when you Shop
 
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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Spring Cleaning?

Now that Spring has sprung and you are undertaking that list of cleaning and organizing projects, please keep the Friends Program in mind.  We are always in need of clothes and household goods for our family shelter and art and craft supplies for our Youth Mentoring Program.  
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If you have something you would like to find a new home for, contact us.
April 2018
Youth Mentoring Program Escapes!



Proving how we are stronger together, a group of mentors and mentees were able to successfully solve the mysteries and emerge unscathed from the Escape Room

A big thanks to our friends at the Escape Room Concord for donating such a great experience!
A Fresh Start

It is becasue of supporters like you that we are able to share stories of success.  The story below is about a new family, a new commitment to a life together, and a new resolve.

Kaitlin Cook and Frank Pickering arrived at our program in January of 2018. Kaitlin was past her due date and was expecting the couple's first child at any time. They were coming from what most would consider a rough way of living. These adults had been living in a tent in homeless camps in Concord through all seasons for the last two and a half years. There, the couple faced loss of possessions from fire and theft. They dealt with brutal cold, food insecurity and incessant drug activity. The impending birth of their child hardened their resolve to improve their lives and make significant changes. This is the couple as they arrived to our program; determined and ready.   Continue reading here .
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   Thank you for supporting the Emergency Housing Program with financial donations, items from our wish list and MyRegistry , and donating your time and talents to serve our residents.
Thank You 

The Friends Program would like to thank Beaux Woods Contractors and Liberty Utilities for being 2018 Emergency Housing Program Supporters.  

John Wuellenweber, owner Beaux Woods Contractors, LLC:

"I choose to be a 2018 Business Sponsor for the Friends Emergency Housing Program because homelessness can happen to anyone.  No one plans to be homeless. No one wants their kids sleeping in a campground, in a car, or on a friends sofa.  However, the lack of affordable housing options leaves families little choice.  I want to be part of the solution and supporting the Friends Program is my way of doing that."
 
John Shore, Senior Manager of Marketing and Communications:

"Liberty Utilities is very proud to sponsor the Friends Program, Emergency Housing Program. This program provides critical services for those families in need of emergency housing. We stand behind the Emergency Housing Program and their effort to break to cycle of homelessness."

 
Personal Safety Workshop

In March, Foster Grandparents and RSVP volunteers attended a Personal Safety Workshop with guest speaker John Clark, a  safety awareness professional who volunteered his time for this event.
 
Attendees learned about the importance of awareness, the importance of a clear evacuation procedure, and also the importance of understanding one's own goal of personal safety while in a school setting. 
 
This workshop could not have happened without generous donations from the Goodlife Program, Panera Bread, and Smokeshow Barbecue
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Board of Trustees Welcomes   

The Friends Program is pleased to announce that Chris Senko has joined the Board of Trustees.
 
Chris was most recently the Director of Medical Staff Services at Catholic Medical Center. She has served as President of the Shaker Road School Parent Teacher Group and the Junior Service League of Concord.  She continues to volunteer for the Girl scouts,  as well as other committees.  She has lived in Concord since 1996.   Read more here .

We are all very happy to have you join the Friends Program!
National Service Recognition Day

The sixth annual National Service Recognition Day is Tuesday, April 3rd and is to honor those senior volunteers giving back in their communities. 

The volunteers involved with the Friends Foster Grandparent and RSVP Programs provide hundreds of thousands of hours helping those in need in NH.

Here is what RSVP senior volunteers accomplished last year:
  • 64,177 hours served supporting citizens and non-profit organizations;
  • 162 jobs at 107 sites served;
  • 3,049 rides/visits to seniors through Caregiver's Program;
  • 2,278 Bone Builder classes were run at 27 different locations.

Here is what Foster Grandparent senior volunteers accomplished last year:
  • More than 2,700 at-risk children were provided support;
  • 81 schools, non-profit child care centers, and other youth-service sites were served;
  • More than 110,000 hours of high-quality service were provided.
Thank you to all the senior volunteers!

 
Thank you to the following highlighted 2018 Business Sponsors
   













Friends Program | 202 North State Street | Concord, NH 03301
  (603) 228-1193 | lscott@friendsprogram.org |