May is a month when we celebrate older Americans who spring into action to work for positive social change, help their fellow seniors, and take ownership of their own health and well-being.
Want to make a difference in a child’s life in our community?
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.
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.
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."
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.
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