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Ann Horgan Hampstead Central

Want to make a difference in a child’s life in our community?  

The Friends Foster Grandparent Program places seniors in local schools helping children read, learn, and be mentored by caring adults 55 and up. And we need volunteers!

Highlights of this wonderful program include:

- By volunteering in a local elementary or preschool you’ll mentor and support children academically and emotionally while building meaningful relationships with students and other adults in the community. 

- Income-eligible seniors receive a grant-funded, tax-free stipend that won’t affect your Social Security benefits or any other assistance. 

- Encouraging a child to reach their goals gives you a sense of purpose and gives that child confidence and the comfort of a caring adult.

The Friends Program coordinates the only Foster Grandparent Program in New Hampshire and we have openings in many communities! Maybe your hometown school is one of them!

For more information on how to become a Foster Grandparent Volunteer please call 1-800-536-1193 or visit http://www.friendsprogram.org/programs/foster-grandparent.

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Dear Friend,

For an eight-year-old boy, there is absolutely nothing more devastating than losing your dad.

"They were almost like brothers, playing pranks on the rest of the family, always laughing," recalls Jason's mother, Jennifer, who had to contend with her own grief while helping her son cope. "I saw the light leave my son. It was hard to figure out what to do to make him laugh again." 

Michael  Bruce Building a tree house for Michael 3-13Through Jason's school guidance counselor, Jennifer learned about the Friends Program. She called us hoping to find a mentor to match with her son.

Wade was in his mid-fifties with two grown daughters. We matched him with Jason because of his interest in doing the kind of "boy stuff" he loved to do when he was Jason's age.

The first time Jason met Wade, he was a little shy. Wade tried to get his new Junior Friend to open up by asking about the kinds of things Jason and his dad used to do together for fun.

This sent Jason running to his bedroom.

A moment later he returned with a dusty little trophy. "My dad and I got this at the ice fishing derby before he died. Do you fish?"

In the past four years, the two have gone fishing, built a tree house, climbed mountains, and much more.

Wade is one of many Friends Program volunteers. These community champions do so much for our most vulnerable neighbors. They drive homebound seniors to the doctor's office, help shelter homeless families, and mentor youngsters like Jason.

For 40 years, the Friends Program has been recruiting volunteers like Wade. I hope that you can help by making a year-end gift. 

If you have contributed recently - thank you! Your gift will immediately be put to work.

Last year, the Friends Annual Fund campaign raised $30,000. Can you help us increase - or even double this amount? With 2014 having marked the last year of the Friends auction, your generosity is vital to our efforts.

I am grateful for your gift in whatever amount you are able to contribute and appreciate your kind consideration.

Thank you,
Jerry Madden Signature BLUE 1.11.10
 
 
 
Jerrome K. Madden
Executive Director
 
 

Keep up with the latest news from all  four of our programs - sign up for the Friends Program e-mail newsletter. Monthly bulletins provide brief program updates and information about how you can get involved.

Subscribing is free and easy: Just click here, then type your e-mail address and first name. It's that quick. And if you ever decide you want to opt out in the future, unsubscribing is easy, too.

Friday, September 12, 9am-10am - Retired & Senior Volunteer Program Informational Breakfast
Friends RSVP is seeking volunteers for its Caregivers Program, which provides door-through-door transportation to seniors for medical appointments and grocery shopping. Friends RSVP Caregivers fulfill other basic needs such as companionship and telephone reassurance. RSVP also also operates Bone Builders Program, a senior strength exercise program that improves bone and muscle strength, balance, circulation and, general health. Volunteer session leaders are needed to conduct semi-weekly classes  at local senior centers, senior housing buildings and other locales.

Join us for a complimentary breakfast and learn more. Space is limited. Call RSVP Program Coordinator Carolyn Rich at 228-7615 to reserve your seat today.Or reach her by e-mailL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Senior Corps Volunteers Honored

New Hampshire Mayors and Town Managers are honoring the achievements of Senior Corps programs as part of Mayors Day of Recognition of National Service, which is officially April 1. Other municipal leaders are getting in on the act, too. Click here for more about recognition efforts in southern New Hampshire.

Friends Foster Grandparent Program and Friends RSVP are Senior Corps programs that recruit and mobilize volunteers to meet significant unmet needs. Volunteers work throughout the year to get things done that wouldn’t be accomplished otherwise.

Friends RSVP volunteers serve children, families and older adults with free Bone Builders senior exercise classes and doing necessary work at 120 locations in Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Belknap Counties. They work at adult daycare facilities, schools, senior nutrition sites, healthcare facilities, state and municipal human services agencies, libraries, cultural venues, hospitals, food banks, soup kitchens, nursing facilities, disaster preparedness organizations, thrift stores, transportation programs and many others. Each year 620 RSVP volunteers in four counties provide more than 75,000 hours in service to New Hampshire.

The Foster Grandparent Program, which engages members to tutor and mentor children in 90 New Hampshire schools and other youth service organizations, providing about 3,500 children with more than 145,000 hours of targeted interventions every year. The Foster Grandparent Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015.

In total, 662 Friends RSVP volunteers worked 72,041 hours doing critical community work last year, which saved towns, counties and the state significant funds.

 

 

 

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