We had a goal to raise $2,500 in 24 hours and we did it! Because of your support, we were able to raise
$2,818.90. THANK YOU!
CNCS Funding Support
Thank you to
against plans to eliminate funding for the Senior Corps Programs.
Friends RSVP Bone Builders leader Ann Smith for taking action and making sure our elected officials know how important this Program is to NH Seniors.
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 Community BBQ to support the Youth Mentoring Program. More details to come.
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.
We have partnered with
UNH Cooperative Extension
to offer their Cooking Matters Program to our Youth Mentoring participants. There has been lots of delicious and nutritious food being prepared and snacked on during these classes.
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
Step up and step in to help a needy child. Call 228-0108 for more info.
Thank you to the following people, businesses and organizations for supporting the Friends Program during the month of June:
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.
Our RSVP volunteers are in need of machine washable worsted weight yarn to be used to knit hats for service members and kids in our Youth Mentoring Program and Family Shelter.
if you have a donation, questions or would like to volunteer.
Benefits to Volunteering
One could say the heart of the Friends Program is our volunteers. We are thankful and appreciative of how the efforts of those folks make us thrive. If you ask our volunteers, many would reply that volunteering helps them thrive.
Note from the Executive Director
It is with great excitement that I accept the invitation to join the Friends Program at this time in its life. A recent transplant from Northern New Jersey, I
have been warmly welcomed to Concord and to this phenomenal organization by the board of trustees, the staff and our wonderful volunteers. The Friends Program has a long and successful 42 year history of serving New Hampshire's residents through its various Programs and I am keenly aware that I stand on the shoulders of the great men and women who have made the Friends Program what it is today.
As I settle in to Concord I plan to learn as much as I can about this great community by visiting its people and its places. I am particularly interested in meeting those that have generously given of their time, talent and treasure to support the work of The Friends Program. This sacred investment has and will continue to yield results. In some cases this investment has changed the trajectory of a child's, families' or a senior's life. This is nothing short of spectacular. And it humbles me.
I look forward to meeting you at your school, your organization, your church or at your favorite coffee shop. Feel free to stop by the Friends Program. The door is open daily and a hot cup of coffee or a cold soft drink is always waiting.
Thanks for the Warm Welcome. Hope to meet you soon.
Thank You to Our 2017 Business Sponsors
The Friends Program would like to thank
Merrimack County Savings Bank
for being our Lead Sponsor for 2017.
We would like to thank Wells Fargo for being a Youth Mentoring Program Supporter for 2017.
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.
20th Annual Golf Tournament
The Friends Program is excited to announce that our 20th Annual Golf Tournament, benefiting the Youth Mentoring Program, is scheduled for 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 want to play in the tournament, do not wait to register as we usually sell out.
Presented by Eagle Sponsor - Granite Investment Advisors
June Grant Awards
Thank you to the following foundations, organizations and institutions for supporting the Friends Program and those we serve.
Granite United Way for supporting the Friends Emergency Housing and RSVP Programs.
NH Electric Coop, Claremont Savings Bank and Mascoma Savings Bank for supporting the Friends Foster Grandparent Program.
Junior Service League of Concord for supporting the Friends Emergency Housing Program.
Samuel P. Hunt Foundation for supporting the RSVP Caregivers Program.
The Board of Trustees would like to acknowledge the late
Ms. Pauline (Polly) Perry
for her generosity and support of the Friends Emergency Housing Shelter. Ms. Perry passed away in December 2016 after a long and exciting life and named us as a beneficiary of her estate.
Her gift will allow us to help those families experiencing homelessness have a safe and secure place to call home.
You can support the Friends Program in this manner through our Legacy Society.
Love a Parade?
Foster Grandparent Joan Kontoes helps support a Kindergarten class at the Paul Smith Elementary School in Franklin. Joan joined the parade saying she couldn't miss this special event celebrating her student's march for education!