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Key to sustaining our services benefiting our neediest neighbors is support from community-minded businesses and foundations like the ones listed here. Get involved. Contact us today.

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.

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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August, 2015 
It's summertime in New Hampshire when things typically slow down. That said, our volunteers and program staff have been hard at work to continue strengthening our communities.

Whether you're on a lakeside vacation or, like me, at your desk at work, I hope you'll take a just minute to scroll through the stories below and maybe take a moment to click on one of the links below to learn more.


Jerry Madden
Executive Director

Governor Hassan Recognizes Friends' 40 Years of Service
Friends staffers Craig Saltmarsh
and Maureen Desmond look on as Gov. Maggie Hassan reads a
formal commendation praising
the Friends Program.
In recognition of the Friends Program's four decades of strengthening communities and restoring hope, Gov. Maggie Hassan recently read a commendation praising the work of our Four Programs. She concluded her reading of the document, "On behalf of the State of New Hampshire, I extend best regards to past and present Friends Program professionals, volunteers, and those who have benefited from this exceptional program."
Building Bones in Belmont
Belmont Bone Builder leader Barbara Angelone (left) and BCAF Trustee Dr. Maria Ryan took on bone density loss.
With sponsorship support from Concord Orthopaedics and a recent grant from the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund, Friends RSVP volunteers lead osteoporosis prevention programs at 22 sites in three counties. The semi-weekly sessions feature low-impact exercises that yield high-impact results in restoring bone density and balance. Recently, the Belmont site was visited by BCAF trustee Dr. Maria Ryan, who had a chance to take part in some of the exercises.
"As people are living longer, we want to help them enjoy these years" said Dr. Ryan."By supporting programs like Bone Builders that assist seniors to stay healthy and active, the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund is working to build a community of active senior citizens."
Additionally, Friends RSVP has launched a new Bone Builders site in Newbury to serve seniors in western Merrimack County.
Rock Band Styx Teams up with the Friends to Support Youth 
Friends Youth Mentoring Program Director Terri Smith (right) helped Rock to the Rescue's Meesh Ritondo raffle off a guitar signed by Styx to raise funds.
Classic rockers from Styx reached out to us recently to help with a unique fundraiser. They donated a signed guitar that volunteers and staff raffled off at last month's sold-out show at Meadowbrook. During the opening act, ticket sales generated nearly $1,400 to support our efforts to recruit volunteers to mentor Merrimack County youth. The fundraiser was a collaboration between the Friends Program and Rock to the Rescue, a national charitable organization spearheaded by Styx.
Penacook Students Love Friends Foster Grandparent "Mrs. G"
Penacook Elementary dedicated its 2015 yearbook to Foster Grandparent Marge Goldman.
We enjoy hearing how schools recognize their Friends Foster Grandparents. Penacook Elementary recently dedicated its yearbook to long-time volunteer Marge Goldman, who's beloved by students and faculty alike. This unique program places seniors in classrooms throughout the Granite State to help educate and support New Hampshire children.
Thanking Our Downtown Concord Supporters
"Digger" the Tiger joined Development Director Mark Foynes recently to thank  some local sponsors.  Donna Nordlund
of Bead It! looks on in delight.
The Friends Program is deeply grateful for the longtime support of the many businesses Downtown. Board President Joanne Gagnon recently had the idea of walking from store to store thanking folks. Digger the Tiger joined Joanne, fellow Trustee Donna Rice, and Development Director Mark Foynes on a beautiful early summer afternoon. Digger is the mascot and goodwill ambassador of the current downtown revitalization project; he attracted lots of smiles from store owners, shoppers, and pedestrians.
Mentor One Child & Enrich Two Lives


Make a difference in the life of a Merrimack County young person. Join us to learn about mentoring. 
  • Mon., September 21, 2015, 5-7:30p.m. 
  • Wed., October 28, 2015, 4:30-7p.m.

Venue for all sessions is the Friends Program office, 202 North State Street in Concord. Call 228-0108 today to reserve your seat.

Follow Us on Facebook

Baby pictures posted by high school friends you haven't seen in forever are great. Online Buzzfeed quizzes and invites to play Candy Crush also have their place. 

But if you like our page on Facebook, a few times a week we'll share with you uplifting examples of how people in our community are helping those in the greatest need. Like us today.

New Youth Mentoring Coordinator Maureen Desmond.

Welcome! And a Fond Farewell 

The Friends Program welcomes  Maureen Desmond as our new Youth Mentoring Coordinator. A graduate of Emmanuel College, Desmond's experience with children and families includes work with the Boys and Girls Club of Central NH, the 21C Afterschool Program in Concord, the Concord School District, and through the Peace First organization teaching elementary students in Roxbury.

Desmond is taking over for outgoing coordinator, Lia Tarbell, who is moving on to pursue an advanced degree in elementary education.  

Also moving on is RSVP coordinator Katie Lynch who's moving out of state.

Here's wishing you all the best, Lia and Katie, as you move on to exciting new adventures!

Golf at Exclusive Concord Country Club and Support the Friends

Join us on Monday, September 14 for our 18th Annual Golf Tournament. Entry fees, sponsorship contributions, and raffle and mulligan proceeds will support the  our Mentoring Program . $115 per player/$460 per foursome. Download the Registration Form here.


To register or sponsor, call Friends Development Director Mark Foynes at 228-7604. 

Friends Program is grateful for the support of our
golf tournament sponsors.

Eagle Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Cart Sponsors

Breakfast Sponsors

Practice Green Sponsors

Beverage Sponsor

Hole-in-One Sponsor

Hole Sponsors

Premiere Properties, Inc.

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