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Who are the children benefiting?

Girls and boys ages 6-17 who are referred by parents, educators and others from Merrimack County.

Why should I become a mentor?

At a time when services are being cut, the needs of the youth in our area are still very real. These children could truly benefit from creative, interesting and committed volunteers. Many children just need a little leg up. You might be the one to make the difference for that special, deserved child on our wait list.

As a parent, how do I refer my child to the program?

Please contact a Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator by calling 603-228-0108 to discuss referring a child.

Who are our volunteer mentors?

Mentors are caring, trusted volunteers who provide one-to-one support to the children in the program. Mentors, age 16 or older, help encourage the characteristics and capabilities of a young person in fun and meaningful ways, generally through a weekly commitment of time.

How much does it cost a parent/guardian for their child to participate?

There is a modest fee we ask of client families for mentor screening & training, case management services, and ongoing group activities. Call 228-0108 for details. No child will be turned away for an inability to pay.

How does the program match a child for me as a volunteer mentor and vice versa?

Our professional staff members assess each volunteer mentor candidate to identify skills, talents, and interests that could be complementary to those of a child on our waiting list. The children are interviewed to ascertain their strengths, needs, and interests to maximize successful outcomes.

How much time per week do I need to invest?

Between 1-3 hours minimum, depending on the program service option.

What kinds of activities can we do?

We encourage 1:1 volunteer mentors to start with interests they have in common with the child; such as music, sports, food, and animals without making it a costly undertaking. The program also has local resources for free and discounted activities and regularly hosts group activities for participants to enjoy.

As a mentor, can I include family/friends in mentoring time?

We encourage mentors to prioritize one-to-one time with the child, especially when the relationship is new. This offers the opportunity for the child you are mentoring to get to know and trust you before introducing others. It is appropriate for the child to interact with your family/friends once you know they are ready.

How do I apply to become a volunteer mentor and what kind of support will I receive?

If interested, please call 603-228-0108. It is notable that the mentoring relationship is monitored and supported by a youth mentoring professional throughout. In addition, the program offers opportunities for on-going training sessions for mentors.

Wish List

Wish List Items for Friends Emergency Housing

Please call the Friends Emergency Housing Program at 603-228-1462 to schedule a drop off time for larger donations. Calls are suggested for smaller donations to ensure staff is available. Donations are accepted 7 days/week between 8AM and 4PM. We are also eager to have volunteers who can help out at our shelter. Please call 603-228-1462 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us and we would love to speak with you.

4-Tier or 5-Tier Wire Shelving

63" Curtains (non-see-through)

AAA Batteries

   Antacid Tablets (Tums, Rolaids, etc.)

   Can Openers

   Clorox Wipes

   Concord Area Transit (CAT) Bus Passes

   Dish Towels

   Fill (clean & sifted for toddler play area - a few barrels full up to a small pickup truck load)

Kitchen Brooms

Kitchen Table Chairs

Kitchen Trash Bags

Laundry Soap (HE)

Market Basket Gift Cards

Paper Towels

Pumpkins (in October, please)

Salt and Pepper Shakers (Refillable)




Toilet Paper

Thank You!





Asleep Overnight Family Support Staff, Friday and Saturday nights: Please email a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Emergency Housing.

Program Coordinator, Part-time 24 hours per week: Please email a resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Program Director.




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Friends Program hosts CYPN networking event video - February 2019

Friends Youth Mentoring Program mentor-produced video - January 2019

Friends Program named Concord TVs 'Most Fascinating Nonprofit 2018' video - October 2018

Speaking with the Senator (Senator Kevin Avard) - February 2018

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) video developed in partnership with Concord TV - September 2017

Granite United Way 2017 Campaign video featuring the Friends Emergency Housing Program - September 2017

Emergency Housing Franklin Savings Bank Award Ceremony - October 11, 2016

Friends Program on WMUR- October 3, 2016

Youth Mentoring Program video developed in partnership with Concord TV- October 2016

Friends Foster Grandparent Program - June 2016

Youth Mentoring Program on Concord TV - April 2013

RSVP Bone Builders - 2003



Nazzy & Tara 98.3 LNH - NH's Big Variety & NH1 welcome Nancy Paul & Martha Dickey - October 19, 2018

Half Hour to Health 107.7 FM interview with Laura Scott of the Friends Program - December 2, 2017

Girard at Large WLMW interview with Laura Scott of Friends Program- May 2, 2017

"Off the Record" WKXL invterview with Friends Emergency Housing Program - September 16, 2016