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Annual Appeal

It's that time of year again.  The time when you realize just how much your financial contribution matters to the Friends Program.  You can mail in your donation or give online. Thank you for your support.
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2018 Business Sponsorship

If you would like to learn more about being a business sponsor in 2018, please contact  Laura Scott, Development Director, at 228-7604 for more information. 
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Your support does make a difference!
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Ski at Pats Peak 

Purchase lift tickets to ski at Pats Peak in Henniker December 18th-21st, receive a discounted ticket price, and support the Friends Program!  Tickets must be purchased online in advance of December 18th.

In addition, you may bring a kids craft project, kids school supplies or kids books with of value of $10 or more with you to the ticket window (new & unopened items only) and get a $10 PATS PEAK Cafe Card (one per person).


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How You Can Support Emergency Housing

Crossroads Chiropractic in Pembroke is again collecting items from the Emergency Housing Wish List.  You can drop-off items here through December 18th.

You can also purchase needed items from MyRegistry and they will be shipped right to us.
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Newman's Own 
Holiday Challenge

From now until January 3, 2018, the Friends Youth Mentoring Program is entered into this challenge to raise funds to support our Program.  Every online donation helps this effort.  Thank You!
 
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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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Join the Legacy Society

The Friends Program's Legacy Society is a dedicated group of friends who have made planned gifts to the program to ensure and strengthen its future. Planned giving opportunities include bequests and estate planned gifts and life income gifts.  Click here for more information. 

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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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Thank You 

Thank you to all those that donated on #GivingTuesday.  We beat our fundraising goal of $3,000!  If you forgot to donate, you can still do so today online and make a difference. 


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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, December 6th
Tuesday, January 23rd
Thursday, February 22nd

Orientations are from 4:30-7pm 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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RSVP Program Orientation
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The RSVP Program is holding an orientation on Thursday, January 18th from 2-3pm in Concord at the Friends Program office.  

Please RSVP by calling 603-228-0139 or email Jennifer Army.
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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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Shop Online for the Holidays & Support Friends Program
 
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase  from  AmazonSmile to the Friends Program so shop away.
December 2017
Volunteer Champion Awards

Friends RSVP want to congratulate the Hopkinton Dial A Ride at the Slusser Center for their Volunteer Champion Award from VolunteerNH for its many years of service to the seniors in Hopkinton and Contoocook through its volunteer driver program. 
Cindy Yanski, RSVP Program Coordinator,
& Beth Sargent, Hopkinton DAR

We also want to congratulate Jeannine Aucoin for her Volunteer Service Award for her many years of service at White Birch Community Center as a Bone Builder leader and volunteer driver through Henniker Dial A Ride.
   
Jeannine Aucoin and Cindy Yanski
Concord Homeless Memorial Day Vigil 

Thursday, December 21st is the annual Homeless Persons' Memorial Day Vigil at 4pm in front of the Statehouse.  

This is a national event to honor and pay our respects to those who have died homeless in the past year.  December 21st was chosen for the event as it is the longest night of the year.

The Friends Program is a co-sponsor of this event along with the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and American Friends Service Committee.
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Thank You to Our 2017 Business Sponsors

The Friends Program would like to thank Canon Solutions America for being a Program Sponsor for 2017.  
  
We would also like to thank  Red River Theaters for being a Friend in 2017.   Angie Lane, Executive Director, commented that "Red River is proud to support The Friends Program and it's mission to strengthen the community by building relationships!"
Thank You!

Thank you to the following businesses and foundations that supported the Friends Program in November. 

ReChic Boutique for their donation of children's clothes, which were shared with the Emergency Housing and Youth Mentoring Program.
 
The Bagan Foundation for their support of the RSVP Program. 
Executive Director 

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Nancy Paul has been promoted to the position of  Executive Director of the Friends Program.  Nancy has been the Senior Programs Director since January 2016 and has been extremely successful in that role.  

The Board is confident in her leadership and solid understanding of the operations of the Friends Program and is excited to work with her to grow the agency.

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Cards for Caregivers

The Friends Program consists of four different programs with a common mission to better the lives of those we serve. With that shared mission in mind, RSVP and the Youth Mentoring Program collaborated to have Youth Mentoring mentees and mentors make greeting cards for care receivers in the RSVP Caregivers Program. 
(Cindy Yanski, RSVP Program Coordinator, & Maureen Desmond, Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator, with the greeting cards) 

The recipients of these cards are seniors who often live alone or are in need of a reminder that someone is thinking of them. The mentors and mentees enjoyed getting creative, knowing that their positive messages would bring a smile to many faces!
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Thanksgiving Baskets

The Friends RSVP volunteers came through to deliver Thanksgiving food baskets with all the fixings, which were generously donated again this year by employees at  Dartmouth Hitchcock. 

Many families in need will receive enough food for a bountiful holiday, and then some! 
Caregiver Volunteers Needed

RSVP Caregivers Program  provides door-through-door transportation for medical appointments and basic needs, including staying with clients to assist them, companionship and telephone reassurance. Rides are free of charge to participants, who are 60+ yr old.

Volunteers are either matched one-to-one with clients who need companionship as well as rides, or they are part of a medical transportation drivers pool.

If you are interested in learning more about this program or volunteering, contact Cindy at 228-7616.
 
Thank you to the following highlighted 2017 Business Sponsors
   
























Friends Program | 202 North State Street | Concord, NH 03301
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