National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1st
Come join other members of the greater Concord community, including the Friends Youth Mentoring Program, at this outdoor party.
National Night Out
takes place from
5-8:30pm at Rollins Park and there are many family-friendly activities to keep you busy.
Emergency Housing Wish List
for our Emergency Housing Shelter has been updated recently. With the warm weather, the shelter is in need of
Senior Corps =
Good for Your Health
Senior Corps service strengthens communities, and helps its volunteers lead active, healthy lives. Today, we can start to see just how healthy.
After their first year of service, Senior Corps volunteers report improvements in their health, physical capacity, anxiety, loneliness and social isolation, and life satisfaction.
Senior Corps volunteers have made a commitment to country and community through volunteer service, using a lifetime of skills and experiences.
Friends Foster Grandparent and RSVP Program volunteers are giving back and staying healthy at the same time.
Shop at Rite Aid to Support the Youth Mentoring Program
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.
Did you know that you can give to the Friends Program
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.
to set this up.
for your support.
Save the Date
Jump on your bike (or in a car) and enjoy the
to support the Youth Mentoring Program from 11am-3pm. There will be food and raffles to benefit the Youth Mentoring Program.
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.
us if interested.
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.
Wednesday, July 19th 4:30-7pm
Wednesday, September 20th, 4:30-7pm
Thursday, October 5th, 4:30-7pm
Step up and step in to help a needy child. Call 228-0108 for more info.
NH Electric Coop Foundation
NHEC members can
their electric monthly bill for the next dollar, with the extra change going to the NHEC Foundation.
The Foster Grandparent Program is a grant recipient so consider supporting those that support the Friends Program.
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,
RSVP Advisory Committee
If you are interested in learning more about these volunteer opportunities,
This is an opportunity to ask questions, share your experiences & learn about the benefits of volunteering with RSVP.
Orientations are from 2-3pm at the Friends Program office (202 North State St, Concord)
Thursday, August 31
Thursday, October 26
Please RSVP by calling 228-0139 or email
Shop Online &
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase from
to the Friends Program so shop away.
20th Annual Golf Tournament
Our 20th Annual Golf Tournament, benefiting the Youth Mentoring Program, is just around the corner - Monday, September 11, 2017- at Concord Country Club.
available for businesses that would like to show their support for our Youth Mentoring Program.
If you have been practicing your swing this summer and want to show off, you should register to play.
Donating a raffle prize for the tournament is a great way you can help.
We need you to make this event successful.
if you have any questions or would like to be a sponsors, register to play, or donate a raffle prize.
Presented by Eagle Sponsor: Granite Investment Advisors
Thank You to Our 2017 Business Sponsors
The Friends Program would like to thank Granite Investment Advisors
for being our Youth Mentoring Program Sponsor for 2017.
According to Scott Schermerhorn, Managing Principal and Chief Investment Officer:
"Granite Investment Advisors philanthropic mission is children. We believe that its critical for all children to feel that someone cares about them. It can make all the difference in the world. As this is a key mission of the Friends Program we are delighted to be of assistance. Keep up the great work!"
We would like to thank SMP Architecture for being an Emergency Housing
Program Supporter for 2017.
According to Jason LaCombe, Principal, "It's always been difficult to see the need for a family shelter in our community. We're proud to support the Friends Program in helping families at their greatest time of need"
Note from the Executive Director
For as long as I can remember vacation has been part of my families' annual calendar. As a child with my parents, and then as a parent with my children, the Sinclair tribe has driven, flown, trained, bussed and cruised to many special destinations in the States and beyond to enjoy time away from work and the routine. We have slept in tents, under the stars, in rustic cabins, smelly trailers, Motel 6's and Five Star Hotels on lumpy cots, comfortable enormous beds, car backseats and hard floors. We have visited aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, best friends, cousins and best of all, grandparents. Continue reading
Foster Grandparent & RSVP Federal Funding Proposed to be Eliminated
Our Senior Programs are National Service programs, operated under Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) grant funding combined with a local funding match.
The White House
sent to Congress for the fiscal year 2018 budget, starting October 1st, eliminates CNCS and associated 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
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.
July Grant Awards
Thank you to the following foundations, organizations and institutions for supporting the Friends Program and those we serve.
DCU for Kids Foundation for supporting the Friends Foster Grandparent Program.
Rotary Club of Concord for supporting the Friends Emergency Housing Program.
Benjamin Couch Trust and Gertrude Couch Trust for supporting the Friends Youth Mentoring Program
RSVP Bone Builders
Bone Builders is a senior strength exercise class to improve bone and muscle strength, balance, circulation and general health. These classes are run by RSVP volunteers and they are giving back in a big way.
In 2016, RSVP Bone Builder leaders contributed just under 7,000 hours, holding 2,140 classes at 26 different locations.
are free to attend and there are over 50 dates/times/locations to choose from.