Even though 2018 is here, it is not too late to send in your annual appeal donation. Help us start off the new year on the right foot. You can mail in your donation or give
. Thank you!
2018 Business Sponsorship's Available
If you would like to learn more about being a 2018 business sponsor, please contact Laura Scott, Development Director, at 228-7604 for more information.
does make a difference!
New Exercise Classes
If you are looking to start the year with improved health and wellness goals, we have you covered. Check out the new Bone Builders
Classes are designed for those 55+ and are FREE.
There is Still Time: Newman's Own
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!
Homelessness on the Rise in New Hampshire
After years of
r of homeless in NH is rising and
we are seeing an increase in homeless families. Read t
hank you for your support of the Friends Emergency Housing Program, which works with homeless families to provide them with the support, education and training to assist them in acquiring long-term skills and accessing resources to find a
nd maintain permanent housing.
Shop at Rite Aid to Support the Youth Mentoring Program
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.
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.
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.
us if interested.
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.
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.
RSVP Program Orientation
The RSVP Program is holding an orientation on
Thursday, January 18th from 2-3pm in Concord at the Friends Program office.
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,
Support the Friends Program when you Shop
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase from
to the Friends Program so shop away.
Friends Program on the Radio!
to the December 2nd
Half Hour to Health
radio interview with the Friends Program.
January is National Mentoring Month
The Friends Youth Mentoring Program celebrates its mentors and mentees as they continue to thrive and benefit from time with the program. These volunteer mentors have taken simple steps to offer support to kids, and as a result, we have happier, healthier, and more successful youngsters.
"We enjoy connecting area children with mentoring opportunities that clearly serve them well." Terri A. Smith, Program Director
Please consider mentoring today. Call (603) 228-0108 for more information.
What is Your New Year's Resolution?
Every year, many of us make a list of things we want to accomplish in the new year. Loose weight, be healthier, travel more, pay off debt, pet a baby goat (ok, that is probably just me). In all likelihood, these will fall by the wayside come mid-February when "real life" gets in the way.
How about this year, we make a resolution to help others, give back and make our community a better place for everyone in it? Sounds daunting and too big, I know, but it doesn't have to be.
The Friends Program works to help at-risk youth, low-income seniors, homeless families, and so many others in need every day and we do it with your support. Your support! You make this possible and you can do even more.
Volunteer, increase your charitable giving, host a fundraiser, tell your friends and family about the work we do, collect toys for the holidays, bake birthday cakes for those at the shelter, etc. The options are endless on how you can make a difference.
Make 2018 the year you keep your New Year's resolutions. Thank you!
Thank You to the 2018 Emergency Housing Program Sponsor
According to Myles Tarbell, "Keystone Management is proud to sponsor the Emergency Housing Program to help families, and especially children, find a safe and warm temporary home. Moreover as the Friends Program provides training and life skills coaching to parents, you are able help these families find a more successful future through new job opportunities and financial independence.
As children are involved, the work you do is incredibly meaningful and valuable. Keystone Management is proud to be a part of the Friends Emergency Housing mission of strengthening our community.
Thank you to the following businesses, organizations, and individuals that supported the Friends Program in December.
Southern NH University, Corporate Consulting Class
Director of Senior Programs Hired
The Friends Program is pleased to announce that Susan Smith has been hired at the Director of Senior Programs.
Susan is the former Executive Director of NH Voices for Health. She worked with seniors at the Taylor Community as the Administrator and COO. Susan has a wealth of grant and administration experience and a passion for working with seniors.
Youth Mentoring Holiday Thank you
On behalf of the deserved kids involved with the Friends Youth Mentoring Program, we offer deep appreciation for the outpouring of generosity towards them this holiday season. Direct gifts of toys, clothing, sports equipment, and more, provided support and a line of hope towards better days.
Several businesses and individuals sponsored kids:
Jan Eskeland with 5th graders from Bow Memorial School, Marolyn Miller with Upton & Hatfield, Sue Lyndes .....r
December 2017 Grants Received
Thank you to the following foundations for supporting the Friends Program:
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Support
Youth Mentoring Program Support
Rolfe & Rumford Donor Advised Fund
Caregiver Volunteers Needed
With the winter weather here to stay, the
RSVP Caregivers Program
is looking for volunteers to provide rides to those in need. Volunteers provides door-through-door transportation for medical appointments and basic needs.
Rides are free of charge to participants, who are 60+ yr old and provide much needed help to get out and about in these snowy conditions.
If you are interested in learning more about this program or volunteering, contact Cindy at 228-7615.