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RSVP Volunteers Assist with Puerto Rico Donation Drive

On October 3rd & 4th from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM, donations of bottled water and non-perishable foods can be dropped off at the State House lawn to help fulfill the needs of the residents of Puerto Rico.   For more information, click   here.
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Friends RSVP volunteers will be on-hand at the state house assisting with this effort.  We hope you can help. 
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Executive Director Resignation

The Friends Program Board of Trustees is disappointed to announce the resignation the Executive Director, Jay Sinclair, effective September 22, 2017. 

Mr. Sinclair expressed his deep gratitude for the opportunity to work for the Friends Program, although briefly, but felt that due to unexpected personal circumstance, that he could not devote the time or energy to the position that it deserved.

The Board of Trustees is working on filling the Executive Director position and thanks the Friends Program staff and supporters during this time of transition. 

Please contact Joanne Gagnon, President Friends Program Board of Trustees, at (603) 661-3206 if you have any questions. 
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Emergency Housing Wish List

With the cold nights starting, the family shelter is in need for new, or gently used, twin comforters for our families. Contact the Shelter at 228-1462 if you can help. 

The wish list  for our Emergency Housing Shelter has also been updated recently. 

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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 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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Matching Gifts

Did you know that many employers will increase the impact of your generous gift by matching all or a portion of your charitable contribution to the Friends Program? In some cases, companies may match retirees' donations, too.
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Check out our  list of known companies in NH that match employee donations and see if your company is listed. 
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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:
Thursday, October 5th
Tuesday, November 14th
Wednesday, December 6th

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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Check Us Out - 
We Are Famous!

Thank you to Granite Untied Way for highlighting Friends Emergency Housing in your 2017 Campaign video .
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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, 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.
October 2017
20th Annual Golf Tournament a Success! 
  
Many enjoyed a beautiful day at the Concord Country Club on September 11th, while golfing for our Youth Mentoring Program cause.  $16,500 was raised that will directly benefit those at-risk youth in our Program.

Pictured is the 2017 Putting Contest Winner, Carla Nielson (left) and friend celebrating Carla's win.  

Thanks to all who golfed and sponsored in making this a fun day.  
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Thank You to Our 2017 Business Sponsor

The Friends Program would like to thank Merrimack County Savings Bank  for being our Lead Sponsor for 2017.   When asked why the Bank choose to support the Friends Program, Mr. Philip Emma, Bank President stated:

"We've been long-time advocates of the Friends Program due to the incredible impact they've made in helping countless individuals throughout Concord and surrounding communities. We're honored to continue supporting their efforts in 2017, our 150th anniversary year! Merrimack County Savings Bank was founded on the principle of service to others, and we gladly stand behind the Friends Program, who have been a wonderful example for us all."
   
New Bone Builders Class in Andover

The Friends RSVP welcome the Andover Hub as our newest Bone Builders class. This class brings the total number of classes our volunteers support to 30. We have 90 volunteer leaders who taught more than 2300 classes in the last year. 
 
Friends RSVP Bone Builders is a free senior exercise class offered twice per week to build strength, improve balance, and prevent osteoporosis. 

Join us at a class near you or volunteer with RSVP today.
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Heritage Harley-Davidson BBQ Thank You

A BIG Thank You to those that stopped by the Community BBQ on September 30th to support the Friends Youth Mentoring Program.  It was cold and wet but a lot of fun.

We raised $300 to support the Youth Mentoring Program and had enough donated food and drinks left over at the end of the day to support upcoming Youth Mentoring Halloween Parties, as well as to share with the Friends Emergency Housing family shelter & the Friendly Kitchen.  

This event would not have been a success if the following people and organizations had not stepped up to donate baked goods, BBQ items, drinks and their time - Concord Chapter Ladies of Harley, Christ Church PCA, Panera Bread, Allen Desbiens, Nancy Paul, and Bri Milligan.  

Of course, thank you to Heritage Harley-Davidson for their generosity in hosting.
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Emergency Housing Success Story

The Harris family came to the Friends Emergency Housing Program as a newly intact family, looking for an opportunity for a new beginning. A stable place to live and learn together was the topsoil in which they sowed the seeds for their future. They exited our program an intact family, with Richard and Christine getting married during their stay. 

Like many of our families they came with next to nothing, and with very little money. They dealt with the trials and tribulations of a rocky past, and what it meant to be homeless. They left with a newfound confidence, with skills and connections to succeed. 

Read more here.
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Federal Proposal to Fund Foster
 Grandparent & RSVP Programs
 

Our Senior Programs are National Service programs, operated under Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) grant funding combined with a local funding match.

In mid-September, t he Senate Appropriations Committee passed the FY18 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, which contains level funding for the Foster Grandparent and Senior Corps Programs.

This is good news but the struggle is not over.   Contact your Congressional Representative and Senators today. Let them know that National Service is important to you and NH. Encourage them to act to ensure that these programs continue to be funded.

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.
 
Thank you for your support. 
 
Thank you to the following highlighted 2017 Business Sponsors
   




























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