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Connect With Us

We want to make a stronger connection with you in 2018. That starts with a conversation. Let us know what you like about the Friends Program and how we can make our programs better. 
Email us  or call us at 228-1193. 
Thank you for helping us serve our community.
Thank You

A Big thank you to Arnie Alpert, from American Friends Service Committee, for leading a training on the NH Legislature for Friends Foster Grandparent and RSVP volunteers, staff and Board members.

2018 Business Sponsorship's Available

If you would like to learn more about being a 2018 business sponsor, please contact  Laura Scott, Development Director, at 228-7604 for more information. 
Your support does make a difference!
New Exercise Classes 

February is Heart Health Month and we have just want you need to keep your heart in tip-top shape.  

Check out the new Bone Builders  class schedule .  
Classes are designed for those 55+ and are FREE.
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.
Give Monthly

Did you know that you can support the Friends Program by donating to us monthly through paypal or a credit card? 
Enroll now (online or contact us) at an amount that works with your budget and represents your level of support for the Friends 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.   Contact 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. 

Upcoming orientation:
Thursday, February 22nd
Tuesday, March 13th

Orientations are from 4:30-7pm at the Friends Program office, 202 North State Street, 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 the RSVP Advisory Committee, which provides input and advise to staff and Board of Trustee members on the RSVP Program.

If you are interested in learning more about this volunteer opportunity, contact Susan Smith, Senior Programs Director, for more information.
Support the Friends Program when you Shop
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase  from  AmazonSmile to the Friends Program so shop away.
Fight Hunger

Join the Friends RSVP Program in fighting hunger by purchasing a "Fight the Hunger" bag at Hannaford in Concord (73 Fort Eddy Road) during the month of February.  

For every bag purchased, $1 will be donated to the Merrimack Valley School District Partnership Backpack Program, which Friends RSVP is a supporting partner.
February 2018
Share Your Love

Celebrate your love with a gift of love.  This Valentines Day, instead of flowers or chocolate, how about making a lasting gift by giving a donation to the Friends Program in honor of someone special?  
Still looking to buy a gift or two for Valentines Day?  If you shop on Amazon or at Rite Aid, you can help support the Friends Program at the same time.

The best gift you can give is yourself!  Attend an upcoming Youth Mentoring Program orientation and learn how you can make a real difference in the life of a child. 
Friends Program Celebrates Mentors

January was National Mentoring Month and the Friends Youth Mentoring Program celebrated efforts aimed at providing quality 1:1 mentoring opportunities that connect area young people with caring adults. 

Longevity Award winner, Susan Scarcello (left), Community-based volunteer mentor, Mickey Russo (center) & Master Mentor Award recipient, Jeanne Cusson (right)

On January 27th we recognized our community-based volunteer mentors, and particularly applauded 11 Longevity Award Winners and 3 other standout superstars. 

Site-based Impact Award winner, Carley Kanter

We thank and congratulate all who have infused lasting strength into children's lives! 
Thank You 
Youth Mentoring Program Sponsor

The Friends Program would like to thank Granite Investment Advisors for being a 2018 Program Sponsor for the Youth Mentoring Program.  

"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!" 

Scott Schermerhorn
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer
Connecting with Friends Means Taking Action

February is the month of love and friendship. One important way that the Friends Program stays connected to you is through this newsletter. 

Another way is through our Facebook page. Facebook made some changes recently that make it harder for nonprofits like us to stay connected with you there, unless you choose to see our posts first or interact with those posts.  Please visit us on Facebook
and right click on the "Following" icon. Click, "See first" in your news feed.
Our plan is to focus on more interactive content on Facebook too. Please like and share our posts to help others find the Friends Program. You never know when someone needs our help or when someone can help the children, families and seniors we serve. You could be the connection between someone in need and someone ready to volunteer!  
Emergency Housing Holiday Thank you

The families that are guests at our shelter had a a wonderful holiday due to the kindness and generosity of others.  Many local organizations, businesses and individuals made sure that there were presents and holiday cheer for former and current families.  
A big thank you from the families and staff you goes out to Asian Taste, Bankers Life, Bob's Furniture, Capital Quilters, Chief's Place, read more
Board of Trustees Welcomes Back
Kim Yarlott 

The Friends Program is pleased to announce that Kim Yarlott has returned to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Kim is the Principal of Reeds Ferry Elementary School, Merrimack, NH and began her teaching careen in Concord, NH.  She was named the 2017 NH Principal of the Year and is recognized as a National Distinguished Principal.  

Read more here.

Caregiver Volunteers Needed

With the winter weather here to stay, the  RSVP Caregivers Program is looking for volunteers to provide rides to those in need.  Volunteers provides door-through-door transportation for medical appointments and basic needs. 

Rides are free of charge to participants, who are 60+ yr old and provide much needed help to get out and about in these snowy conditions.
If you are interested in learning more about this program or volunteering, contact Cindy at 228-7615.
Thank you to the following highlighted 2018 Business Sponsors

Friends Program | 202 North State Street | Concord, NH 03301
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