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Annual Appeal

It's that time of year again.  The time when you realize just how much your financial support matters to the Friends Program.  The annual appeal letters will be arriving shortly in your mailboxes and we are counting on your support.
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RSVP Volunteers Helping Puerto Rico

Friends RSVP volunteers were representing Senior Corp when they jumped in to answer the call for aid at the NH Response to Help Puerto Rico at the State House in early October.  
 
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Thank you!

A BIG thank you to the  Charlestown Rotary Club for having us as a guest speaker to talk about the Foster Grandparent Program.
 
A thank you also goes out to Lincoln Financial Foundation for including us in your annual Granite United Way Booth Day Event.

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Bead It! Fundraiser
During Concord's Midnight Merriment (December 1st), Bead It! is donating a % of all sales to the Emergency Housing Program.  Please make sure to stop by say thank you for their continued support.
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Save the Date - November 28, 2017


You will be hearing more on this as the date gets closer but we wanted you to be ready to donate becasue we are counting on your support. 
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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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2018 Business Sponsorships 

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. 

Your support does 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:
Tuesday, November 14th
Wednesday, December 6th
Tuesday, January 23rd

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 Upcoming Events
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RSVP Caregivers Recognition Event and Workshop - November 13th in Concord at Goodlife Activities Center.

DAR Volunteer Recognition and Open House - November 17th in Henniker at White Birch Center.

RSVP Program Orientations - January 18th in Concord at the Friends Program office.  

For more information, click here.
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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.
November 2017
Annual 
Celebration

Friends Program Trustees, staff, and supporters came together on Thursday, October 5th to recognize the efforts of some remarkable volunteers. The gathering also gave the Friends Board of Trustees the chance to present this years 10th Annual James S. Doremus Award to Steven Arndt.

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In selecting the honorees, program staff chose volunteers who are emblematic of what the Friends' Four Programs represent. "Volunteers are the essence of our organization," said Friends Board of Trustees Vice President, Catherine Devaney. 

Among those honored at the event was Emergency Housing Program volunteer Marcy Charette, Foster Grandparent Program Community Partner Belmont Elementary School, RSVP Program volunteer Ralph Appleby, and Youth Mentoring Program volunteer George Smith.
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Belmont Elementary School
Ralph Appleby & Addie Tarbell
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Click here  for more information on the event and our award winners.
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Thank You to Our 2017 Business Sponsors

The Friends Program would like to thank Bank of New Hampshire for being a Presenting Sponsor for 2017.  
 
According to Tiffany Baert, Pubic Relations Officer: "Bank of New Hampshire is proud to support the Friends Program with funding towards emergency housing and youth mentoring. It is organizations such as this that make our communities a better place to live."
 
Keystone Management is proud to sponsor the Emergency Housing Program to help families and especially children find a safe and warm temporary home. Keystone Management is proud to be a part of the Emergency Housing Program's mission of strengthening our community.
Thank You!

Lone Wolfe Cruisers Car Club continued their amazing support of the Friends Program by donating $500 to the Youth Mentoring Program. 


Meredith Village Savings Bank
, Merrimack County Savings Bank , Millriver Wealth Management , NH Mutual Bancorp raised $465 for the Youth Mentoring Program through Jeans Day, where a donation allows employees to wear jeans to work for the day.
 
Lincoln Financial organized a professional clothing drive for their NH employees, with donations benefiting our Emergency Housing and  Foster Grandparent Programs.  This picture represents some of what was collected.
 
Thank you to the Arthur Getz Trust for your financial support of the Youth Mentoring Program.
Welcome to the Friends Program

Please welcome Lily Wellington  as our new Foster Grandparent Program Coordinator. Lily has a background in psychology and mental health and has been volunteering in public schools for the last five years. She hopes to put her passion for connecting with people to good use in her new role and looks forward to working with volunteers in this capacity. 

Please welcome Celia Chase to the Board of Trustees.  Celia is Vice President of Marketing at OrionX Consulting focused on the technology industry. She served as Chair of HEAR in New Hampshire, has been a Board member Child and Family Services as well as the Junior Service League, and is a 2017 graduate of Leadership of Greater Concord. She has lived in Concord with her family since 1996. 
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Halloween Fun!

Youth Mentoring and Emergency Housing got into the spirit of the season and had lots of fun!

Youth Mentoring Coordinator, Maureen Desmond, gives tips to the pumpkin decorating crowd.  Our volunteers and their mentees enjoyed the evening very much! 
 
We extend thanks to Rossview Farms for large variety of festive pumpkins.

We had some excited superheros and ghouls  at our family  shelter enjoy trick-o-treating and the candy that followed.
 
Thank you to the following highlighted 2017 Business Sponsors
   




























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