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National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1st

Come join other members of the greater Concord community, including the Friends Youth Mentoring Program, at this outdoor party.

Concord's  National Night Out takes place from 
5-8:30pm at Rollins Park and there are many family-friendly activities to keep you busy.

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 Emergency Housing Wish List

The wish list  for our Emergency Housing Shelter has been updated recently.  With the warm weather, the shelter is in need of box fans.  

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Senior Corps = 
Good for Your Health

Senior Corps service strengthens communities, and helps its volunteers lead active, healthy lives. Today, we can start to see just how healthy.  After their first year of service, Senior Corps volunteers report improvements in their health, physical capacity, anxiety, loneliness and social isolation, and life satisfaction. 

Senior Corps volunteers have made a commitment to country and community through volunteer service, using a lifetime of skills and experiences. 

Friends Foster Grandparent and RSVP Program volunteers are giving back and staying healthy at the same time. 

Continue for more information.

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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 - $5, $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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Save the Date
September 30th 

Jump on your bike (or in a car) and enjoy the Community BBQ to support the Youth Mentoring Program from 11am-3pm. There will be food and raffles to benefit the Youth Mentoring Program.
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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:
Wednesday, July 19th 4:30-7pm
Wednesday, September 20th, 4:30-7pm
Thursday, October 5th, 4:30-7pm


Step up and step in to help a needy child. Call 228-0108 for more info.  
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NH Electric Coop Foundation

NHEC members can "round up" their electric monthly bill for the next dollar, with the extra change going to the NHEC Foundation.  

The Foster Grandparent Program is a grant recipient so consider supporting those that support the Friends Program.

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We Want YOU!

Do you want to support the Friends Program by getting more involved? 

We are always looking for volunteers to serve on the  Development Committee, which helps with fundraising and events,  and the  RSVP Advisory Committee

If you are interested in learning more about these volunteer opportunities,   contact us
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RSVP Orientations

This is an opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences & learn about the benefits of volunteering with RSVP.  
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Orientations are from 2-3pm at the Friends Program office (202 North State St, Concord)

Thursday, August 31
Thursday, October 26

Please RSVP by calling 228-0139 or email
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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.
August 2017
20th Annual Golf Tournament
  
Our 20th Annual Golf Tournament, benefiting the Youth Mentoring Program, is just around the corner - Monday, September 11, 2017- at Concord Country Club.  
 
There are select   sponsorship opportunities still
available for businesses that would like to show their support for our Youth Mentoring Program. 

If you have been practicing your swing this summer and want to show off, you should register to play.

Donating a raffle prize for the tournament is a great way you can help.

We need you to make this event successful.  
Contact Laura Scott if you have any questions or would like to be a sponsors, register to play, or donate a raffle prize.

Presented by Eagle Sponsor: Granite Investment Advisors
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Thank You to Our 2017 Business Sponsors

The Friends Program would like to thank Granite Investment Advisors  for being our Youth Mentoring Program Sponsor for 2017.  

According to Scott Schermerhorn, Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer:   "Granite Investment Advisors philanthropic mission is children. We believe that its critical for all children to feel that someone cares about them. It can make all the difference in the world. As this is a key mission of the Friends Program we are delighted to be of assistance. Keep up the great work!"
 

We would like to thank SMP Architecture
 for being an Emergency Housing
 Program Supporter for 2017.  

According to Jason LaCombe, Principal, "It's always been difficult to see the need for a family shelter in our community. We're proud to support the Friends Program in helping families at their greatest time of need"
Note from the Executive Director
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For as long as I can remember vacation has been part of my families' annual calendar.   As a child with my parents, and then as a parent with my children, the Sinclair tribe has driven, flown, trained, bussed and cruised to many special destinations in the States and beyond to enjoy time away from work and the routine.   We have slept in tents, under the stars, in rustic cabins, smelly trailers, Motel 6's and Five Star Hotels on lumpy cots, comfortable enormous beds, car backseats and hard floors.   We have visited aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, best friends, cousins and best of all, grandparents.  Continue reading .

Foster Grandparent & RSVP Federal Funding Proposed to be Eliminated
 

Our Senior Programs are National Service programs, operated under Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) grant funding combined with a local funding match.

The White House budget request sent to Congress for the fiscal year 2018 budget, starting October 1st, eliminates CNCS and associated programs. 

National service is about extraordinary acts of ordinary citizens here in NH. We see this every day in the time given by Foster Grandparents, Caregivers, and RSVP volunteers.
 
Contact your Congressional Representative and Senators today. Let them know that National Service is important to you and New Hampshire. Encourage them to act to ensure that these programs continue to be funded.
 
Thank you for your support. 
July Grant Awards

Thank you to the following foundations, organizations and institutions for supporting the Friends Program and those we serve.
 
DCU for Kids Foundation for supporting the Friends Foster Grandparent  Program.
 
Rotary Club of Concord for supporting the Friends Emergency Housing Program.
Benjamin Couch Trust and Gertrude Couch Trust  for supporting the Friends Youth Mentoring Program  
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RSVP Bone Builders

Bone Builders is a senior strength exercise class to improve bone and muscle strength, balance, circulation and general health.  These classes are run by RSVP volunteers and they are giving back in a big way.

In 2016, RSVP Bone Builder leaders contributed just under 7,000 hours, holding 2,140 classes at 26 different locations.  

   
Classes are free to attend and there are over 50 dates/times/locations to choose from.
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Thank you to the following highlighted 2017 Business Sponsors
   


























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