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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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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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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, January 16th

 

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Venue: 
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.

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.

7 BEST Bruce Dawson Shelley Huntoon Nancee Dawson Fran Howland Rodney Huntoon 8 12May 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.

Since 1963, communities across America have shown their gratitude to seniors' contributions by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. The theme of this year's celebration is "Get into the Act" to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, engaging with their communities, and making a positive impact on the lives of others. The theme also reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, which Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law in 1965. Since that time, the Act has provided funding and a nationwide aging services network to help older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include caregiver support, community-based assistance, and preventive health and wellness services. The creation of the Foster Grandparent Program and RSVP were part of this larger effort.
 
May is also Osteoporosis Awareness Month. 54 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass, putting them at risk for breaks and fractures. Bone Builders classes, offered free through Friends RSVP, feature low-impact exercises that yield high-impact results. These senior strength sessions improve bone and muscle strength, balance, circulation, and general health. Classes are held twice a week, year-round at local senior centers, senior housing buildings, and other locales. Friends RSVP-trained volunteers lead classes at 22 locations in Merrimack, Rockingham and Belknap counties. Over 2,000 classes are taught annually. To get involved, call the Friends Program at 228-1193.