Cooking Matters!

This summer the Friends Youth Mentoring Program is teaming with the UNH Cooperative Extension to bring the Cooking Matters program 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 Cooking Matters 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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The Friends Program, GoodLife Programs & Activities, and Red River Theatres partnered for a special screening of Lives Well Lived in the Stonyfield Cinema at Red River Theatres. This screening included a post-film discussion with (L-R) Jen, Friends Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Coordinator, joined by local seniors including Jackie, Friends Foster Grandparent Program volunteer; Barbara, Friends RSVP Bone Builders volunteer at GoodLife; Lou (age 102 years young!), Friends RSVP Caregivers client; and Mary, Friends RSVP Caregivers volunteer.

Lives Well Lived is a documentary film by Sky Bergman that celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom, experience, and insight of senior citizen - ranging from 75 to 100 years old - who are living their lives to the fullest. They share their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories complemented by archival footage, pictures, and home movies. These seniors have led long and meaningful lives by overcoming many challenges while realizing there is much to celebrate.


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Summer has arrived! The Friends Program staff, volunteers, and supporters are out and about furthering our mission to strengthen our communities by building relationships that empower people of all ages, encourage community service, and restore faith in the human spirit. Read about activities and goodwill in our June e-newsletter.


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Servie With Liberty is Liberty Mutual Insurance’s annual enterprise-wide day of community service. Many thanks to the folks who volunteered at the Friends Emergency Housing Program shelter for homeless families. We are so grateful for the help!

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