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The Concord Food Co-op is supporting local causes, such as the Friends Program, and helping the environment at the same time! From April 1st thru June 30th, $1 from every $2 reusable bag sold at the Co-op ~ totaling $511~ was donated to the Friends RSVP Food Insecurity Project!

Thank you Concord Food Co-op and participating patrons for your thoughtfulness and generosity! These funds are deeply appreciated and will be put to immediate use!

 

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Early on Saturday, June 23rd, volunteers started arriving and setting up for the Runner’s Alley Capital City Classic 10K charity road race. It was a rainy morning but the rain stopped just in time for the race to begin then started again shortly after the race ended. 477 runners ranging in age from 8 to 83 competed in this 6.2 mile run, which is part of the Capital Area Race Series and welcomed runners from across the country. When tallied, 100% of the race proceeds will be donated to the Friends Program and Intown Concord.

Friends Program Board of Trustees members were there supporting the event. Catherine Devaney, Vice President, gave opening remarks and was interviewed by Concord TV and Donna Rice picked up and delivered donated food for the refreshments tent. Our Friends Emergency Housing Program family shelter Program Director and Case Manager, Lorrie and Simon, were present to staff the Friends Program information table along with Sandra, Marketing & Outreach. Simon and Sandra (along with volunteer spouse Steve) were flaggers along the race route.

We had a strong volunteer representation spanning our programs: Foster Grandparent Program volunteers Diane (was at the registration table) and Marge accompanied by her spouse Sonny (were at the refreshments tent); Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteer Louise (was a flagger in a critical spot along the route where she had to redirect the runners from the northbound to the southbound lane of Main Street); Youth Mentoring Program recently matched mentor Pam & mentee Yvette (helped in the refreshments tent); and former Friends Program Development Director, now volunteer, Laura (who was part of the Friends Program's participation planning, coordinated the refreshment tent, and much more).

As detailed in our Facebook posting: the Friends Program received a sponsorship from Concord Oral Surgery; Bank of New Hampshire donated 2 prize baskets for the male & female 1st place finishers; food was donated by Panera, Concord Food Coop, The Works Bakery, and Laura; and coffee was donated by Revelstoke Coffee (a new business that just opened downtown).

We had a blast and are so deeply grateful for the community support!

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Martha Dickey joined the Friends Program as the Development Director on July 9th. Martha was born and raised in Boston and moved to New Hampshire in 2002. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 2008 from Franklin Pierce University, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership.

Before joining the Friends Program, Martha was the Stewardship Manager at FIRST in Manchester, NH where she spent 8 years working with corporate sponsors to help them strategically align their philanthropic intentions to further the FIRST mission. Prior to joining FIRST, Martha worked at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for four years, where she worked with the Advisory Committee of the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund.

Martha has four children, six grandchildren and a cat. She resides in Boscawen with her husband, Paul. When Martha is not working, she is dedicated to spreading awareness and prevention of suicide. She recently joined the Board of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Please join us in welcoming Martha! She can be reached by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 603-228-7604.

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Cooking Matters!

This summer the Friends Youth Mentoring Program is teaming with the UNH Cooperative Extension to bring a Nutrition Connections series to our mentors and mentees. Over the course of five lessons led by UNH’s Alyssa Lemmerman, our mentees learn about nutrition and healthy food choices as well as make some tasty dishes. Each lesson is a new culinary adventure! Do you know the differences between go foods, slow foods, and whoa foods? Our mentees do thanks to Nutrition Connections and their very supportive mentors who assist them during each class!

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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.