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Save the Date
September 30th 
 
Jump on your bike (or in your car) and enjoy the  Community BBQ to support the Youth Mentoring Program from 11am-3pm. 

There will be food and raffles all to benefit the Youth Mentoring Program.  

If you would like to help with this event, we are looking for volunteers to staff the event the day of and bake items for the bake sale.  Please contact Laura Scott 228-7604 if interested.
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 Emergency Housing Wish List

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

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Grandparents Day
September 10th

Every day can be Grandparents Day. 
The Friends Program celebrates Grandparents Day throughout the year through our Foster Grandparent Program .  

These 150 volunteers give back 125,000 hours by providing support to 3,500 children at 80 locations across the state. 

If you would like to learn how you can volunteer for this Program or support our existing senior volunteers,   please  contact us
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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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Friends Foster Grandparent Program is Hiring!

A full-time Program Coordinator Position is available. Find more information here
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The Deadline to apply is September 20th.
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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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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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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, September 20th, 4:30-7pm
Thursday, October 5th, 4:30-7pm
Tuesday, November 14th 4:30-7pm
Wednesday, December 6th 4:30-7pm

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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"Your Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Annual Open Enrollment & Review"
Thursday, September 21st  2pm

SPNHF Conservation Center Tour
Monday, September 25th 10am

Click here for more information.
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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.
September 2017
Back-to-School Youth Mentoring 

In August, the Youth Mentoring Program organized the distribution of back-to-school backpacks & supplies that kids, mentors, and their families enjoyed. Arnie's Place again hosted our event and provided delicious ice cream for all to enjoy!  

We wish all our mentees a great year at school.   The backpacks were awesome and the volume of school supplies for all ages, impressive. 

Thank you to the following sponsors:  Dartmouth-Hitchcock, GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, Delta Dental, Greater Concord Federation of Women's Club, Concord Group Insurance, Hartwick College, Sam Paul & family, Terri A. Smith, Barbara Desmond, McLane Middleton Law Firm,  Tom Arnold, and St. Paul's School.  
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Thank You to Our 2017 Business Sponsor

The Friends Program would like to thank Concord Orthopaedics  for being our RSVP Program Sponsor for 2017.  

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.

  
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.

On September 6th the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee passed their FY18 appropriations bill, indicating level funding for Senior Corps 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. 
August Grant Awards

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

Frank M. Barnard Foundation, Inc. for supporting the Friends Youth Mentoring Program and the RSVP Bone Builders Program.
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Granite United Way Day of Caring

Thank you to Rhonda DeCato, Laurie Cushing and Oksana Drye who braved cold, wet and windy weather to help beautify the landscaping outside our office building.


A thank you also goes out to Pleasant View Gardens in Pembroke, which donated mums.
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Foster Grandparent Training

Friends Foster Grandparents had an outstanding presenter today in Jane Lizotte of JQ Strategies and Services. Jane spoke about the importance of communication and active listening at a meeting at the beautiful GoodLife Activities Center in Concord. 

Thank you to Jane and our hosts at GoodLife. We are excited to practice what we learned as we start the new school year.
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Saying Goodbye

It is with sadness that two valued members of our staff are moving on to new adventures. 

Brooke Noonan said goodbye as the Case Manager at Emergency Housing in July.  

Anne Sanuth is saying goodbye as Program Coordinator in the Foster Grandparent Program this month.
You have touched the lives of many people through your years of service.  We will miss you and wish you well! 
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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 |