The Friends Program announced today it was awarded a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo. Funding from Wells Fargo will help support our efforts to serve the immediate needs of more than 4,000 at-risk children, homeless families, and low-income seniors annually by connecting active volunteers to those in need in their communities to make a difference.  The Friends Program restores hope for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents through a variety of programming. 

“This support from Wells Fargo makes it possible for the Friends Program and our volunteers to solve problems right here, supporting children, families and seniors in New Hampshire as they work to transform their lives,” said the Friends Program’s Executive Director Nancy Paul.

Through its charitable giving programs, Wells Fargo embraces its responsibility to be a leading corporate citizen and the opportunity to create more resilient, sustainable communities through its operations and actions. Wells Fargo focuses its giving on community development, health and human services and educational programs that create lasting change and address the challenges facing the cities and towns where its customers and team members live and work.

“Wells Fargo has a rich history of community support in New Hampshire and we have personal connections to the people in our communities – many of whom we proudly call our customers,” said Matthew Lessard, financial advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors. “Friends Program provides critical services to so many of New Hampshire’s most vulnerable citizens and through these programs, helps them achieve success, access much needed basic items and thrive in many ways.”

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During National Volunteer Week, Friends Youth Mentoring presented the ’17-’18 St. Paul’s School Site-based Mentor of the Year Award.  Friends Youth Mentoring Program Mentor, Richard Li, was this year’s esteemed recipient.  He received a standing ovation from the school’s community when he was announced to be the winner from a very deep pool of talented volunteers.  Richard brings authenticity to his role as a mentor with us.  His efforts are based in dedication, investment, and motivation to assure every minute he spends with his mentee counts. 

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When asked how his mentor has impacted him, his 11 year old mentee said, “I learned to be more confident in myself.  I have better relationships to people and make more friends.  I feel better about myself.  I used to be shy, but when I changed, I felt like showing the whole world my change!” 

It is highly rewarding to see this mentee’s elevated demeanor, listen to the banter between them, and see many positive moments resulting in smiles on their faces.


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.

The FY2017 Annual Report is on it's way to your mailboxes, but if you can't wait or are not sure you are on our mailing list, you can read it here.  A BIG THANK YOU to everyone that supported us.

Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters
Make a difference in the life of a Merrimack County young person. Be a mentor. The first step is coming to one of our monthly orientations that will introduce you our program and outline what's involved. Step up and step in to help a needy child. Call 228-0108 today to get started.

Wednesday, July 18th
Thursday, August 9th
Thursday, September 13th
Tuesday, October 2nd


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The Friends Program, 202 North State Street, Concord, NH
4:30-7:00pm unless otherwise noted
Interested?  Have questions?  Want more information? Call 228-0108 to speak with a Youth Mentoring Coordinator.