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March Appeal
 
If you forgot to send in your annual appeal donation before the end of the year, don't worry.  The March Appeal letter is in the mail and we have a goal of raising $20,000.   However, you don't have to wait for the mail to arrive, you can  donate today to help us reach our goal and keep the Friends Program out in the community.
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Thank you for your continued support!
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Shop at Rite Aid to Support Youth Mentoring

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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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 life income gifts, bequests and estate plan gifts.  Learn more about becoming a Legacy Society member.
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Donate Your Concord Food  Co-op Green Stamps!

The Friends Emergency Housing Program has been selected as a 2017 Co-op Community Partner.  Thank You Concord Food Co-op!
 

You can help us by donating your filled Green Stamp books to the Friends Program.  The Co-op will donate $5 for each filled Green Stamp book turned in before April 2, 2017.  Check  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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Friends Program
in the News

Check out these two articles from the Concord Monitor about Executive Director Jerry Madden and Friends Foster Grandparent Diane Wells.  Nice Job!
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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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Youth Mentoring Orientations

Make a difference in the life of a Merrimack County young person & be a mentor. The first step is attending an orientation that will introduce you our program and outline what's involved. 

Upcoming orientations:
Saturday, March 25th 10:00am-12:30pm
Thursday, April 6th 4:40-7:00pm


Step up and step in to help a needy child. Call 228-0108 for more info.  
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Free Senior
Exercise Classes

Don't let the winter weather stop your exercise plans. Friends Bone Builders is a low-impact workout that yields high-impact results. These osteoporosis and senior strength programs are held at over 20 locations. 
Click   here for class locations.
 
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We Want YOU!

Do you support the Friends Program and want to get more involved? We are always looking for volunteers to serve on the Development (Fundraising) Committee and the RSVP Advisory Committee.  If you are interested in learning more about these volunteer opportunities, contact us.
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Annual Report

If you would like to read about what we were up to the last fiscal year, you can access our annual report here
March 2017
Friends RSVP Volunteers Make a Difference

In 2016, 499 Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers  contributed close to 70,000 hours of service in Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Merrimack Counties.  

Our volunteers supported local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, arts organizations and non-profits and public agencies of all kinds.

If you would like to learn more about the RSVP Program, attend an upcoming orientation on April 27th from 2-3pm at the Friends Program office.  Please RSVP by calling 228-0139 or email.
RSVP Business Sponsors

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is grateful for the continued financial support of Concord Orthopaedics and Sanel Auto Parts.  

Program Sponsor, Concord Orthopaedics, has been a big supporter of the RSVP Bone Builders Program and understands the value the senior strength exercise classes have improving bone and muscle strength, balance, circulation and general  overall health.

Program Supporter, Sanel Auto Parts, knows the importance of the Caregivers Program, which provides door-through-door transportation for medical appointments and basic needs, including staying with seniors to assist them, companionship and providing telephone reassurance.


RSVP and Foster Grandparent Funding Concerns 
 

On February 17th, the New York Times
reported that the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that supports the Senior Corps programs, has been included on a list of federal agencies to be eliminated in the FY 2018 federal budget. 

Friends 650 RSVP and Foster Grandparent volunteers served more than 180,000 hours to support at-risk children, home-bound seniors, food insecure families and many other in 2016.

We hope that the value that these programs bring to NH communities and our seniors volunteers is recognized and continued. 
Thank You......
  
Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation for your $5,000 grant in support of the Foster Grandparent Program.

Lake Sunapee Bank for your $1,000 grant in support of the RSVP and Foster Grandparent Program.

Rite Aid Kids Cents for your $5,000 grant in support of the Youth Mentoring Program. 

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 Yoga Anyone?

Living Yoga, located in Concord NH, is highlighting the Friends Youth Mentoring Program as their non-profit of the month. Please support this local business as they support the Friends Program.
 Concord Cold Weather Shelter 

The Friends Program is managing the 2017 Concord Cold Weather Shelter, which is located at Christ the King Parish: Saint Peter's Activity Center in Concord.  The shelter is open until April 1st and there are March volunteer shifts available. Go   online  to sign up or call  Terry Blake  at 848-6025 if you are interested in volunteering.  
 
Thank You......
  
Bead It! and Troop 22123 (Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains),  for collecting over $250 of wish list items for the Emergency Housing Family Shelter. 

Lincoln Financial Group and the Henniker Rotary Club for inviting the Friends Program to be a guest speaker in February.

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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 |