The Friends Program celebrate the contributions of our remarkable volutneers.  We annually marshal a corp of more than 800 volunteers who devote themselves to helping others.  Here are but just a few notable volutneers that have been honored in the past by the organization for their time, talent and compassion.


2016 Annual Celebration Program and Press Release

2017 Annual Celebration Program and Press Release

James S. Doremus Award

This award is given in honor of longtime Friends Program Executive Director Jim Doremus.  Jim served the Friends Program for 22 years.  In honor of his dedication, the Board of Trustees in 2008 elected to present this annual award in his name.  The James S. Doremus award is given to someone that has provided long-term volunteer service to the Friends Program, valuable contributions or may have worked to serve the organization.

 2008 - Douglas Bouchard
 2009 - Robyn Cotton
 2010 - William Matthews

 2011- Sherri Vincent-Crisp

Sheri Crisp 2011 Doremus Award winner

 2012 - Charles Willing, Jr.

 2013 - The Walton Family

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2014 - Robert Larsen

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2015 - A. Robert Couch

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2016 - Alan Andrian

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 2017 - Steven Arndt

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 2018 - Jerry Madden

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In selecting the honorees listed below, Friends program staff chose volunteers who are emblematic of what the Friends' four Programs represent. Volunteers are the essence of our organization. Universally they are caring, giving individuals who place great value on helping others in their communities.

Emergency Housing Program

 2014 - Steve Gamlin

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 2015 - Donna Norlund

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 2016 - The Concord Food Coop

Emergency Housing Award

   2017 - Marcy Charette

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Foster Grandparent Program

 2014- Ellie Collins

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 2015 - Victoria Chaffee

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 2016 - Linda White

Foster Grandparent Award

  2017 - Belmont Elementary School

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Retired Senior Volunteer Program

 2014- Caren Bonisteel

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2015- Cay Bowman

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 2016 - Cy & Gordon Sherman

RSVP Award

   2017 - Ralph Appleby

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Youth Mentoring Program

 2014 - Sue O'Connor

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                                             2015 - Susan Scarello

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 2016 - Betty Lenehan

Youth Mentor Award

 2017 - George Smith

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All the honorees listed above are well deserving of recognition and represent all of the other volunteers who support the Friends Program.

Thank You to our Business Sponsors!

The following businesses that have generously contributed to the Friends Program as 2019 Business Sponsors.


Lead Sponsor

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Presenting Sponsors

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  Emergency Housing Program Sponsor


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Friends Foster Grandparent Program Is Affiliated with the 
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 Friends of Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Program

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Friends RSVP Is Affiliated with the 
Corporation for Community and National Service's Senior Corps





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Technology Sponsor

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The Friends Program is a United Way Agency



While shopping at Rite Aid, you can help raise money for the Friends Youth Mentoring Program a few cents at a time.  Enroll now in the KidCents Program and you can help those at-risk youth today. 


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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchase from AmazonSmile to the Friends Program so shop away.


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Emergency Housing is always in need of basic houshold items to support the families staying with us.  You can help these families by purchasing items that we need directly through MyRegistry


Many employers will increase the impact of your generous gift by matching all or a portion of your charitable contribution to the Friends Program. In some cases, companies may match retirees' donations, too. If you or your spouse work for a company with a "Matching Gift" program, please let us know at the time of your donation. All we will likely need is the name of your employer's name and contact information, and we will take care of it from there.

If you have any questions or would like to add your company to the list below, contact Friends Development Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at 603-228-7604.


List of Known Companies in NH That Match Employee Donations*

Abbott Pharmaceuticals
Alliance Capital
Altria Group, Inc.
American International Group
American Express
Anheuser Busch
Autodesk, Inc.
BAE Systems
Bank of America
Best Buy*
C.R. Bard Inc.
The Capital Group Companies, Inc.
Charles Schwab Corporation Foundation
Chase Manhattan Bank
Chubb & Son, Inc.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Citigroup Foundation
Citizens Bank
Citrix Systems, Inc.

Collins & Aikman
Computer Corp
David L. Babson & Company
Equifax, Inc.
Exxon Mobil
Factory Mutual
Fannie Mae Foundation
Fisher Scientific International Inc.
The Ford Foundation Matching Gift Program
The Freddie Mac Foundation
Gartner Group Inc.
Geico Philanthropic Foundation
General Electric
Hartford Steam Boiler
Hewlett Packard
The Home Depot
J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc.
John Hancock Financial Services
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson Controls LandAmerica

Liberty Mutual/Give with Liberty
Lincoln Financial Group
Lucent Technologies
Mainstay Technologies
Mattel, Inc.
Mellon Bank
Merrill Lynch
Moody’s Foundation
NCS Pearson
NE Business Service
Nobis Engineering
Northwest Mutual 
Northeast Utilities
Oppenheimer Funds Matching
Gifts Program
Oracle Corp.
Pitney Bowes
Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program

Providian Financial
Pitney Bowes Inc.
Plymouth Rock Co.
Saint-Gobain Corp.
The Sallie Mae Fund
Starbucks Matching Gift Program
Texas Instruments
Tyco International
UnitedHealth Group*
Velcro USA Inc.
Verizon Foundation
Waters Corp.
Wellington Management Company

* Indicates that Employer will provide financial donations to eligible charities where their employees volunteer.