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A BIG Thank You!
We had a goal to raise $2,500 in 24 hours and we did it!  Because of your support, we were able to raise $2,818.90.  THANK YOU!
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CNCS Funding Support

Thank you to  Congresswoman Carol 
Shea-Porter for speaking out against plans to eliminate funding for the Senior Corps Programs. 

Thank you  Friends RSVP Bone Builders leader Ann Smith for taking action and making sure our elected officials know how important this Program is to NH Seniors.  
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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.  More details to come.
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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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Healthy Eating Classes


We have partnered with UNH Cooperative Extension to offer their Cooking Matters Program to our Youth Mentoring participants.  There has been lots of delicious and nutritious food being prepared and snacked on during these classes.  
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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

Step up and step in to help a needy child. Call 228-0108 for more info.  
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Thank You!!!!!

Thank you to the following people, businesses and organizations for supporting the Friends Program during the month of June: 

Alan Andrian
Mike Milligan

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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.
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Got Yarn?
Our RSVP volunteers are in need of machine washable worsted weight yarn to be used to knit hats for service members and kids in our Youth Mentoring Program and Family Shelter.
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Contact Jennifer Army (603- 228-0139) if you have a donation, questions or would like to volunteer.  T hank you!
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Benefits to Volunteering

One could say the heart of the Friends Program is our volunteers. We are thankful and appreciative of how the efforts of those folks make us thrive. If you ask our volunteers, many would reply that volunteering helps them thrive. 
 
July 2017
Note from the Executive Director

It is with great excitement that I accept the invitation to join the Friends Program at this time in its life.   A recent transplant from Northern New Jersey, I  have been warmly welcomed to Concord and to this phenomenal organization by the board of trustees, the staff and our wonderful volunteers.  The Friends Program has a long and successful 42 year history of serving New Hampshire's residents through its various Programs and I am keenly aware that I stand on the shoulders of the great men and women who have made the Friends Program what it is today.     
 
As I settle in to Concord I plan to learn as much as I can about this great community by visiting its people and its places.  I am particularly interested in meeting those that have generously given of their time, talent and treasure to support the work of The Friends Program.   This sacred investment has and will continue to yield results. In some cases this investment has changed the trajectory of a child's, families' or a senior's life.  This is nothing short of spectacular. And it humbles me.  
 
I look forward to meeting you at your school, your organization, your church or at your favorite coffee shop.  Feel free to stop by the Friends Program.   The door is open daily and a hot cup of coffee or a cold soft drink is always waiting.
 
Thanks for the Warm Welcome.  Hope to meet you soon.

Jay Sinclair
Thank You to Our 2017 Business Sponsors

The Friends Program would like to thank Merrimack County Savings Bank   for being our Lead Sponsor for 2017.  
 

We would like to thank Wells Fargo
 for being a Youth Mentoring Program Supporter for 2017.  
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. 
20th Annual Golf Tournament
  
The Friends Program is excited to announce that our 20th Annual Golf Tournament, benefiting the Youth Mentoring Program, is scheduled for Monday, September 11, 2017 at Concord Country Club.



There are select   sponsorship opportunities 
available for businesses that would like to show their support for our Youth Mentoring Program. 

If you want to play in the tournament, do not wait to register as we usually sell out. 

Contact Laura Scott if you have any questions.

Presented by Eagle Sponsor - Granite Investment Advisors
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June Grant Awards

Thank you to the following foundations, organizations and institutions for supporting the Friends Program and those we serve.

Granite United Way for supporting the Friends Emergency Housing and RSVP Programs.
 
NH Electric Coop, Claremont Savings Bank and Mascoma Savings Bank  for supporting the Friends Foster Grandparent  Program.



Junior Service League of Concord for supporting the Friends Emergency Housing Program.
 
Samuel P. Hunt Foundation for supporting the RSVP Caregivers Program.    
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Generous Gift

The Board of Trustees would like to acknowledge the late  Ms. Pauline (Polly) Perry for her generosity and support of the Friends Emergency Housing Shelter. Ms. Perry passed away in December 2016 after a long and exciting life and named us as a beneficiary of her estate.  

Her gift will allow us to help those families experiencing homelessness have a safe and secure place to call home.

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You can support the Friends Program in this manner through our Legacy Society.
  Who Doesn't 
Love a Parade?

Foster Grandparent Joan Kontoes helps support a Kindergarten class at the Paul Smith Elementary School in Franklin.  Joan joined the parade saying she couldn't miss this special event celebrating her student's march for education!

 
Thank you to the following highlighted 2017 Business Sponsors
   

























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