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The Merrimack Donates $5,000 to Support Friends Community Volunteers
The Friends Program appreciates the generous support of its Volunteer Program Presenting Sponsor, Merrimack County Savings Bank.

Lincoln Financial Foundation Awards $10,000 Grant to Help Shelter Homeless Families

"The Friends Program's family shelter is an important component of a comprehensive approach to fighting homelessness in Greater Concord," said Byron Champlin, program officer for Lincoln Financial Foundation. "Their shelter is a portal to permanent housing for families in need and the first step toward normal lives for children and adults." 

Granite Investment Advisors Awards $3,000 to Support Friends Youth Mentoring

Concord Orthopaedics Awards $2,500 to Support Friends RSVP Bone Builders

The surgeons at Concord Orthopaedics are committed to seniors' health and wellness. 

Concord Junior Service League Donates $2,000 to Emergency Housing Building Repairs

Keystone Management Donates $2,500 to Support Friends Emergency Housing

The Friends Program is grateful for vital program support to help us provide shelter homeless families in Concord. 

Sanel Supports Program That Transports Seniors to  Doctor's Appointments


Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund Supports Friends Caregivers and Bone Builders


Wells Fargo Advisors Supports Friends Youth Mentoring


Elektrisola Supports Friends Emergency Housing

Preti Flaherty Donates $1,000 to Support Youth Mentoring 

The Friends Program is appreciative of the continued support of the law firm Preti Flaherty to help match local youngsters with volunteer mentors.


Rolfe and Rumford Donor Advised Fund of the N.H. Charitable Foundation Grants $3,260 to Support Mentoring


Local Businesses Support Our Efforts to Strengthen the Community

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October, 2015 
A Cele bra tion of Volunteerism
A retiree who devotes 40 hours a week helping fellow seniors navigate the complexities of Medicare Part D. A mentor whose 13-year-old Junior Friend's says she's her BFF. A Concord small business owner whose fundraising efforts over the past decade have helped raise nearly $9,000 to shelter homeless families. And a Lakes Region senior who spends hundreds of hours volunteering each school year in a classroom helping children learn to read.

These are just four of the 800 Friends Program volunteers whose time, talent, and ceaseless devotion strengthen our community. On October 1, Trustees, staff, and sponsors came together to celebrate their efforts that build relationships and restore faith in the human spirit.

The event also gave the Friends Program the opportunity to recognize the herculean efforts of Bob Couch, a former Trustee who was presented with the 8th annual James S. Doremus Award.

Merrimack County Savings Bank
CEO Paul Rizzi helped us recognize how our volunteers strengthen the community. Rizzi spoke from the heart in describing the profound impact Friends volunteers have on the lives of so many throughout Merrimack County and beyond.

Volunteer mentor Susan Scarcello (center) was recognized by program coordinator Maureen Desmond (left) and Junior Friend Zoe. Scarcello has been matched with Zoe for over six years - or about half of the 13 year-old's life. Read more...


RSVP volunteer Cay Bowman with Friends Program President Joanne Gagnon. Bowman helps seniors navigate the complexities of Medicare to ensure they receive the benefits they've earned. Since 2005, she's devoted 18,000 hours of service. Read more...


Donna Nordlund (center) is the owner of Bead It! and has been holding fundraisers that have raised nearly $9,000 to benefit Friends Emergency Housing. The next fundraiser, when 30% of sales will be donated to the Friends, takes place on Dec. 4 to coincide with Midnight Merriment. Nordlund is shown here with Executive Director Jerry Madden and shelter director Arolyn King. Read more...


Victoria Chafee - or "Grammy Vickie" as her Sanbornton Central students call her - was recognized by Foster Grandparent Program Coordinator Anne Sanuth (left). "Vickie helps students feel safe and gets them excited to learn," Sanuth said. The program receives major funding from the Corporation for Community and National Service, which was represented by Eileen Smart (right).

Former Trustee Bob Couch (right) was the recipient of the 8th annual James S. Doremus Award. In addition to serving on the Friends Board, Couch tirelessly devoted himself to planning the organization's annual auction fundraiser. Couch personally crafted a number of pieces for the events.

Lincoln Financial Foundation Program Officer Byron Champlin and RSVP Coordinator Jennifer Army at the October 1 recognition event. Last month, the Lincoln Financial Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to support the Friends Emergency Housing Program.

Left to right - Doremus Award recipient Bob Couch, Board Vice President Mike Gfroerer, and supporter Mary Boucher. The event gave volunteers, Trustees, and sponsors a chance to mingle and hear about the profound impact of the Friends' Four Programs.

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