September 8th, 2022
Program News and Information
Fuel & Electric Assistance
Need help paying for your heat or electric bill this winter? CAPSC can help!

The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) is a federally funded program that provides qualified households with assistance in paying their heating bills during the winter heating season. FAP can also help households during a heating emergency by securing an emergency delivery of fuel, delaying a shut-off notice, or referring clients to another source of assistance. Fuel Assistance benefits range depending on household income and energy costs.

Fuel season starts November 1st and ends on April 30th.

If you need electric assistance, Eversource offers a discounted rate for electric services for eligible clients. Click here for more information and to see if you are eligible for a discount of 8-76% off of your bill! Discounts are for the first 750kw per year. You can apply at any time, and if your income changes, you can re-apply for a better rate.

Applications for fuel and electric assistance are currently available. You can print out your application and mail it in or request that an application be mailed to you. We are also taking application appointments over the phone, or doing interviews in person.
If you have any questions, please email
Lisa Garcia, Fuel and Electric Assistance
NH Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Are You Having Trouble Paying Your Rent?
CAPSC can help with rent and utility payments through the New Hampshire Emergency Rental Assistance Program. NHERAP is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance for New Hampshire renters who cannot pay their rent or utilities.

If you are having trouble paying your rent or utilities, please don't hesitate to apply! Whether or not you think you may qualify, we will be able to help you navigate what options are available.
For more information, please email Abigail Galloway-
Burke, Economic Stability & Case Management
Supervisor, at
Holiday Food Baskets - Save the Date!
The holiday season is around the corner, and CAPSC is here to help!

Do you (or someone you know) need help providing a holiday meal for your family this holiday season? CAPSC has a long tradition of providing holiday baskets to neighbors in our community and we are excited that we will be doing it again this year!

We will begin accepting on-line applications in mid-October, and you will be able to sign up for distributions in both November and December at that time. Baskets include turkeys & all of the fixings – everything you need to make your holiday season memorable and bright!
Food Pantry Services
Food Pantry Hours & Locations
Our pantries are open! Our food pantry is intended to serve anyone in Strafford County seeking food. No appointments or applications are necessary. Please come into the Dover Food Pantry or come find the mobile market outside of our Rochester location!
Dover Food Pantry
Bradley Commons
577 Central Ave
Dover, NH 03820

Monday- Friday
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Rochester Mobile Market
10 Cold Spring Manor
Rochester, NH 03839

12:00PM to 4:00PM
What Our Pantry Needs:
  • Bottled Water
  • Propel
  • Granola Bars
  • Canned Goods (preferably with a pop-top lid)
  • Shelf-Stable Milk (not powdered)
  • Cereal
  • Fruit Cups
  • Fresh Produce
  • Eggs
To make a donation to our Food Pantry,
please contact Sophie Aikman, Development
Summer Meals
Thank you Dover High School, Spaulding High School,
and our entire community!
As summer winds down and our Summer Meals Program comes to an end, all of us at CAPSC would like to say thank you to all of the towns, volunteers and community members that helped make this program a success again this year.

Without the use of the Dover High School and Spaulding High School cafeterias we would not have been able to prepare and serve the thousands of meals (for FREE) in 29 locations in Strafford County to children ages 0-18.

This was truly a community effort, and we are so grateful to have been a part of making sure that so many children were able to receive the healthy breakfast and lunch they needed to grow and thrive this summer!
Early Childhood Education Program
Register Now for our Early Childhood Education Program

Registration for the 2022-2023 Early Childhood Education Program Year is still open! CAPSC provides quality early education and family services for prenatal moms and children ages 0-5.

Being potty trained is not required!

Locations available in Dover, Farmington, Rochester, and Somersworth.

No cost options available to qualifying families!
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) reduces energy costs for eligible households by increasing the energy efficiency of homes while ensuring health and safety.

The weatherization process begins with a home energy audit and includes inspecting and testing of the home and its appliances to determine if weatherization improvements could help save money on electric and fuel expenses.
Priority Assistance goes to:
  • Seniors
  • Residents with a documented disability
  • Households with children under 6
  • Households with high fuel use
  • Households receiving fuel assistance for an extended period
Sample Weatherization measures include:
  • Insulation
  • Furnace repair or replacement
  • Window and door repair or replacement
  • Low-flow faucets and shower heads
  • Water heater improvements
  • Air sealing
  • Weatherstripping
  • Pipe insulation
  • Refrigerator replacement
  • LED lighting conversion
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Smoke/CO detectors replacement with 10-year battery life
  • Other health and safety measures
To learn if you qualify for the program, please contact
Bob Arnold, Housing Development and Revitalization
Family Resource Center
Upcoming Events
All of our events listed below are open to families and individuals who are either already involved with the Family Resource Center, or who are looking to become involved!
Play Group

Fridays at 10:00am from
Sept. 30th to November 19th

Restoration Church
370 White Mountain Hwy. Milton, NH 03851
(Parenting A Second Time Around)

Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30am. October 4th to November 23rd

Dover Family Resource
577 Central Ave.
Dover, NH 03820
Fun Night

October 13th from 5:30-7:00pm

Rochester Community Center
150 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH 03867
To register for these events, please
email the Family Resource Center at
Home Visiting
Why Family Wellness Home Visiting?

Our Family Wellness Program is designed to enable families to access the services they need and want in their home communities. These prevention services empower parents and give families an opportunity to learn and grow.
For more information, or to enroll, please
email the Family Wellness Program at
Take a Ride with Senior Transportation!
CAPSC has partnered with TripLink for scheduling rides for our transportation routes, allowing us to offer our riders:
  • Subscription Scheduling - If you like to ride the same route(s).
  • Reminder calls - You will receive a reminder call from TripLink the night before your ride is scheduled.
  • Access to other area transportation services - Through TripLink, you can find out if you are eligible for transportation services through our other providers such as Ready Rides, COAST ADA Paratransit, and Community Rides
  • Cost to Ride - We ask for a $2.00 donation for this round-trip, curbside-to-curbside service.
How to Schedule your Ride:

Please call TripLink at (603) 834-6010, by 11:00am the business day before you would like to ride.
Additional Programs
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County has over 60 coordinated programs and services to serve you, our community! This newsletter features only a handful of our programs and services. To learn more about all of CAPSC's programs, please click the link below to read our 2022 Program Guide. This guide will give you an in depth look into each program that CAPSC offers.
If you would like copies of the Program Guide to have at your
place of business or in the community, please email Tristram Patoine,
Marketing & Communications Coordinator, at
How You Can Help
Make a Donation
CAPSC can change people’s lives. You, our donors, are the heart of our organization and our most important partner in the fight against poverty. It is your investment in CAPSC that makes it possible for us to provide for those experiencing food insecurity, tackle homelessness, educate our children, heat and weatherize homes, provide transportation for seniors, and so much more.

Please consider making a donation today!
2022 CAPSC Golf Tournament
Monday, September 19th
Shotgun Start is at 9:00am
at the Cochecho Country Club
The 21st Annual CAPSC Classic Golf Tournament is right around the corner!

We are close to selling out, reserve your spot today at the link below.

All proceeds from this event benefit CAPSC’s Early Childhood Program across Strafford County.
Donation Drives
Host a Donation Drive this Holiday Season!

For more information on our most up-to-date list of needs and to find out more about how to run a donation drive for CAPSC, please contact Sophie Aikman, Development Manager, at
We could not do our work without support from our amazing volunteers. Whether you are an individual, small group, large group, or company looking for ways to give back, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities to fit your needs and interests!
Current Volunteer Opportunities

  • Holiday Basket Distribution
  • Food Pantry
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Site Upkeep
  • Skilled Volunteer Opportunities
  • Customized Opportunities
Holiday Food Basket Distribution, 2021
Serve with Liberty Volunteers, May 2022
Volunteer Thank You from the
Farmington Children's Center
If you are interested in volunteering with CAPSC,
please email Sophie Aikman, Development
Manager, at
Did you know that when you shop on Amazon you can support CAPSC at the same time? For every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% to CAPSC - no fees, no extra cost! Same products, same prices, same services! All you have to do is sign up for the program.

Just follow the link below and click on the "Start Shopping" button. 
We're Hiring!
Join Our Team!

In addition to a $500 Sign-On Bonus, CAPSC offers several benefits including:
• 403(b)
• Medical coverage
• Dental coverage
• Earned time-off
• Flexible spending accounts
• Vision care coverage
• Work/Life resources
• Employee and Dependent life insurance
• Disability insurance
• 12 Paid Holidays a year
Current Openings

See our current openings listed below. For more information or to apply, click the button below.
Intake Specialist

Weatherization Coordinator

Weatherization Manager

Energy Services Case Manager

Mental Health Consultant

Mental Health and Disabilities Coordinator

Housing Navigator

Health Services Coordinator

Director of Human Resources

Housing Program Assistant

Early Head Start Co-Lead Teacher

Early Childhood Classroom Aide

Assistant Early Childhood Educator
(multiple locations and openings)

EHS Home Visitor
Head Start Lead Teacher (multiple locations and openings)

Early Childhood Classroom Aide
(multiple locations and openings)

Parent Educator

Head Cook

Calling All Teachers!
We are looking for full and part-time, qualified and compassionate Early Childhood Educators for infant, toddler, and preschool classrooms!

Position Details:
Dover, Farmington, Somersworth, and Rochester

Compensation & Benefits
  • $19.00 per hour*
  • $500 Sign-On Bonus
  • CAPSC will help pay for ECE credits
*Dependent on skills and experience

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, click below to apply.
Community Resources and Events
2022 Midterm Elections
Election Information
Election Dates for New Hampshire
  • Primary Elections: Tuesday, September 13th
  • General Elections: Tuesday, November 8th
Important Information
Click the button below to be redirected to the Secretary of State website where you can:
  • View your voter file in the state records.
  • Find your polling place.
  • Find your town clerk's information.
  • View the list of all clerks and polling places.
Hot Meals & Food Resources
Hot Meals and Soup Kitchens

Below is a list of local resources where you or someone you know can get hot meals. Click on the name of each location to be redirected to their website for more information.
  • Open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  • 5 Hale Street, Dover, NH

  • Open on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 8:30am-4:30pm.
  • 10 Olde Farm Lane, Rochester, NH

  • Open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings.
  • 25 Sawmill Hill Road, Berwick, ME

  • Open on Wednesday's from 4:00pm-5:30pm.
  • United Methodist Church, 37 School Street, Berwick, ME
Sponsor Spotlight
CAPSC relies on generous partners in the community to continue
working towards our mission!

Thank you, Kennebunk Savings Bank,
for being a valued sponsor and partner
of CAPSC and the entire community!
Thank You to All of Our Generous Sponsors!
If you or your business would like to sponsor CAPSC or learn
more about corporate sponsorship, please contact Melissa Spil,
Chief Advancement Officer, at
Keep in Touch with CAPSC
From Weatherization to our Family Resource Centers, Senior Transportation, and so much more, CAPSC is always adapting to meet the changing needs of our community!
We hope that you will utilize our website and social media sites to stay in the loop with all that is going on at the agency!
Community Action Partnership of Strafford County
577 Central Ave, Suite 10
Dover, NH 03820
(603) 435-2500