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Capital City Classic Update
Friends Program staff and volunteers attended the Runner's Alley - Capital City Classic 10K charity road race on June 23rd and it was a great time! We are deeply thankful for everyone involved!   A portion of the race proceeds are being donated to the Friends Program, for which we are extremely grateful! Check out Concord TV's video from the race featuring Catherine Devaney, our Board of Trustees Vice President!   
Friends Program at
National Night Out
Tuesday, August 7th

Stop by our table if you are able to attend National Night out at Rollins Park in Concord on Tuesday, August 7th from 5:00-8:30PM. . Big thanks to the Concord FD, PD, General Services, Library, and Parks & Rec for hosting this annual country-wide event.  

Heritage Harley Davidson Community BBQ
Saturday, August 18th

Jump on your bikes (cars welcome too) on Saturday, August 18th from 11AM-3PM and stop by to enjoy the Friends Program Community BBQ at the  Heritage Harley-Davidson dealership located at 142 Manchester Street in Concord.

T here will be food and drinks available by donation and a 50/50 raffle to support the Friends Youth Mentoring Program.  We look forward to seeing you there!
Friends Program
Annual Golf Tournament
Monday, September 10th 

Our 21st Annual Golf Tournament, to benefit our Youth Mentoring Program, will be held  at the Concord Country Club. Watch for an email coming soon with more details! 


Celebrate With Friends
Saturday, November 3rd

Join us  at the Grappone Conference Center for a fun evening! The festivities begin at 5:30PM with cocktails, live music by Jazz Dogs and Club Soda, dancing, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live & silent auctions, and reminiscing with photos and memorabilia going back through the years to 1975 when we were founded. Stay tuned for more information to come! 
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, August 9th
Thursday, September 13th 
Tuesday, October 2nd 

Orientations are from 4:30-7:00PM at the Friends Program office at
202 North State Street in Concord. 

Step up and step in to help a needy child. 
Call 228-0108 for more info.

We Want YOU!

Do you want to support the Friends Program by getting more involved? Are you interested in seniors having meaningful opportunities to volunteer in their community?
If yes, we are looking for volunteers to serve on our Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Advisory Committee, which provides input and advise to staff and Board of Trustee members on the RSVP Program.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Susan Smith, Senior Programs Director.

Help Us Spread the Word About Friends Program

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. 
Support the Friends Program when you Shop online
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase  from  AmazonSmile to the Friends Program so shop away.
  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.
July 2018
Martha Dickey 

Martha joined the Friends Program as Development Director in July. Born and raised in Boston, she moved to New Hampshire in 2002, received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 2008 from Franklin Pierce University, and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Leadership. 
Martha has four children, six grandchildren, one cat and resides in Boscawen with her husband, Paul. When Martha is not working, she is dedicated to spreading awareness and prevention of suicide. She recently joined the Board of the NH Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Please join us in welcoming Martha! She can be reached by email at mdickey@friendsprogram.org or by phone at 603-228-7604   
RSVP Food Insecurity Project Fundraiser 
Thank You Concord Food Co-op! From April 1st thru June 30th, $1 from every $2 reusable bag sold at the Co-op ~ totaling $511 ~ was donated to the Friends RSVP Food Insecurity Project.  
Thank you to Co-op participating patrons for your thoughtfulness and generosity! These funds are deeply appreciated and will be put to immediate use!  
Foster Grandparents  
The end of each school year is a time of reflection for volunteers in our Foster Grandparent Program and the schools where they serve.  
We are so pleased to share information and pictures of "Volunteer of the Year" awards received by Grammy Claire from Belmont Elementary School and Ms. Ginny from South Range School! Congratulations!

2018 Business 
Thank You 

The Friends Program would like to thank Red River Theatres and SMP Architecture for being 2018 Program Supporters.
Cooking Matters with
Youth Mentoring 

This summer the Friends Youth Mentoring Program is teaming with the UNH Cooperative Extension to bring the Cooking Matters program to our mentors and mentees. Over the course of five lessons led by UNH's Alyssa Lemmerman, mentees learn about nutrition and healthy food choices as well as make some tasty dishes. Each lesson is a new culinary adventure! Do you know the differences between go foods, slow foods, and whoa foods? Our mentees do, thanks to Cooking Matters and their very supportive mentors who assist them during each class!  
Expressing Gratitude ...

Friends Program community and business supporters creatively and generously give their time and resources.

RSVP Activity
& Recognition!

The Friends Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) with the UNH Cooperative Extension held a Nutrition Workshop for seniors which was so well-attended that additional workshops are being planned. Click here for more.
RSVP volunteers from the Seacoast area were recognized at a Mayoral reception held at Portsmouth City Hall. Details with photo are just a click away. 
Happenings at  
Family Shelter 
There is much happening at the Friends Emergency Housing shelter for homeless families ... 'wish list' update, employment opportunities, skilled help needed, and amazing volunteers.
Thank you to the following highlighted 2018 Business Sponsors





Friends Program | 202 North State Street | Concord, NH 03301
  (603) 228-1193   | ssilva@friendsprogram.org