About Us

 

Our Mission: 

The Friends Program strengthens communities by building relationships that empower people, encourage community service, and restore faith in the human spirit – “Building Relationships…Restoring Hope.”

Our Programs: 

The Friends Program manages four separate programs that serve a number of New Hampshire communities:

  • Emergency Housing – Our family shelter, located in the south end of Concord, can house 8 homeless families daily.
  • Foster Grandparents – Foster Grandparent volunteers *(seniors) perform their service to children in Belknap, Carroll, Cheshire, Grafton, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford, and Sullivan Counties
  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) – RSVP volunteers provide a wide range of community services in Rockingham, Merrimack, Strafford, and Belknap Counties
  • Youth Mentoring – Our volunteer mentors are making new friends and in doing so, provide hope and inspiration to at-risk youth in Merrimack County.

Distinctive Facts:

  • Mobilize 1,000 New Hampshire volunteers
  • Annually serve 4,500 children and families, seniors and people living with disabilities
  • Volunteers provide nearly 250,000 annual volunteer hours
  • Program outcomes constantly exceed national performance standards

Recent Recognitions/Awards:

  • Volunteer NH’s “Champion Award 2012” in the nonprofit category for providing structure and support for volunteer efforts
  • Volunteer NH’s “Outstanding Service Award 2012” presented to Mable Van Patten, a volunteer in the Foster Grandparent Program for exemplifying the power of volunteers in New Hampshire
  • New Hampshire Partners in Education “Board of Directors Award of Honor” for the Foster Grandparent Program, October 25, 2010
  • Boys & Girls Club of Concord “Community Partner 2010” given “In Appreciation of Extraordinary Support of Club Members and Club Staff, a Significant Service to Our Organization”, June 2010
  • Business NH Magazine’s “2006 Business of the Year” award for Excellence in Non Profit Management.
  • New Hampshire Business Review’s “2003 Business Excellence Award”, for Outstanding Achievement in the Nonprofit sector.
  • Volunteer NH’s “Champion Award 2003” in the nonprofit category for providing structure and support for volunteer efforts
  • Walter J. Dunfey Award 2003, for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.

 

Staff:

15 full-time, 10 part-time.