If you are looking to start the year with improved health and wellness goals, we have you covered.  Check out the new Bone Builders class scheduleClasses are designed for those 55+ and are FREE.

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The Friends Program is pleased to announce that This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.has been hired at the Director of Senior Programs.  Susan is the former Executive Director of NH Voices for Health. She worked with seniors at the Taylor Community as the Administrator and COO. Susan has a wealth of grant and administration experience and a passion for working with seniors.  We are very excited that she has joined us!



If you would like to learn how your business can become a Friends Program Business Sponsor in 2018, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Development Director for more information.  You can join other wonderful businesses like these in showing your support for the great work that the Friends Program does across New Hampshire.

On behalf of the deserved kids involved with the Friends Youth Mentoring Program, I offer deep appreciation for the outpouring of generosity towards them this holiday season.  Direct gifts of toys, clothing, sports equipment, and more, provided support and a line of hope towards better days.  Several businesses and individuals sponsored kids: 


Jan Eskeland with 5th graders from Bow Memorial School, Marolyn Miller with Upton & Hatfield, Sue Lyndes with HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Rhonda Decato with Dartmouth Hitchcock, Kim Germino with Affiliates in Podiatry, Randy Sorrenty with New England Employee Benefits Company, Stacey Burgess with McLane Law Office, Leslie Smith & Sarah Dolcino with Sanborn, Head, and Associates, Cindy Brown with Praxair Technologies, Cheryl Schneider with Concord Ladies of Harley, Deb Bridges with NH Bar Association, and Shannon Wright with Wilson Employment, Arvlynne Ferrelli, Angie Borden, Ilene Stern, Erin McNabb, Ed Facey, Chelsea Shea & Jason Lambert, Leslie Ari, Lily Wellington, and Donna Clarico. 


The efforts here were truly heartwarming and certainly remarkable.  

The Friends Youth Mentoring Program is in its 43rd year providing meaningful 1:1 services to children.  We couldn't do what we do without the kindness of people who care about the next generation and believe in investing in a program that works.  Hats off to all right here in Merrimack County who stepped up to be someone who matters to someone who matters.  They put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces where smiles were needed.  




Serve, Encourage, Inspire
Do you - or someone you know - enjoy helping children learn?
100 0646You or a fellow senior can make a big difference in the lives of N.H. youngsters. 
Foster Grandparents are retired folks, 55 and up, who take great pride and satisfaction in helping kids reach their potential.
As a volunteer, you'll serve in a school or childcare center close to home. Also, Friends Foster Grandparents choose the age level of the children they work with. Foster Grandparents work one-on-one or in small groups of kids to help them achieve. The children will be thankful for the support - and you'll feel good knowing that you're helping kids grow and reach their potential. 
Also, through a federal grant the Friends Program has secured, income-eligible seniors receive a tax-free stipend to offset expenses related to their service; this stipend does not affect Social Security or housing benefits. 
Why should you volunteer? One of our volunteers said it best:
"Being a Foster Grandparent has brought me nothing but joy, and a good feeling of being able to help some of these beautiful children, in our schools. They need our help and love."
Call 228-0141 to learn more about this wonderful opportunity. Get involved. Help children in your community.