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2019 09 04 Shelter Cuts at Barber min

Q: from Nicole, Case Manager at Friends Emergency Housing Program: Would you consider complimentary back-to-school cuts for a couple of boys at our shelter?

A: from Moe, owner of Moderno Barbershop: “Absolutely!”

Such an awesome answer and act of kindness & generosity!

Thanks to Moe and the barbers, these boys are seriously stylin’ and ready to rock the new school year.

2019 09 03 Hanover High Football team min

The Hanover High School Football team, led by former Friends Program mentor and football coach Sam Cavallaro, treated mentees and mentors in our youth mentoring program to hot stacks of delicious pizza from Constantly Pizza. Once fueled up, team members broke into a spontaneous and active pick-up game of football, encouraging mentees who had a chance to be stars of the day. Team Captains passed out gifts for all mentees there, plus they are sending some team practice shirts along for each mentee who participated. It is impressive that they went out of their way after a travel game to make a special stop at the Friends Program to deliver such a positive message of thoughtful support directly to kids we serve. No doubt they have a new batch of fans to cheer the team on this season as well.  Hanover High School can be proud of such great ambassadors. Go Marauders!! Thanks Coach Cav for your three years of service mentoring a youngster in our Program and for continuing to keep our mentoring program in your thoughts. Granite State Dairy was also very generous in offering a variety of ice cream for all—perfect for an end of summer day. 

Pictured:
Top - Coach Cavallaro with Hanover High School football team coaching staff and players, and Friend Program mentors and mentees. This is a great demonstration of what teamwork can do!
Bottom Left - Mentees, Chase and Evan, flanked by Hanover High School Football Team team members, taking a quick break from a pick-up game of football at the Friends Program.
Bottom Right - Mentors John Zbehlik and Andy Julian with their mentees, enjoying the Pizza Party put on by the Hanover High School Football Team and their coaches.

2019 08 16 RSVP Community Gardens

Green-thumbed and skilled volunteers in the Friends RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) are helping build and cultivate thriving community gardens. As part of the RSVP Food Insecurity Project, the veggies from this labor of love will provide fresh vegetables to local food pantries for our food insecure neighbors.

The 'Before' picture above shows RSVP volunteers planting back on a cool spring day in Newmarket. Don't miss out on seeing how much these sprouts have grown by watching this 'After' video clip. And check out this article in Fosters.com detailing this featured community garden.

 

2019 08 23 IMG 2627 Mahamed Sangabo by TS min

Mentees Mahamed and Sangabo, sporting her new backpack, enjoying Arnie’s ice cream.

Many mentees, their mentors, and family members enjoyed an absolutely beautiful evening at this year’s backpack and school supplies activity held at Arnie’s Place in Concord. New owner of Arnie’s Place, Kaitlyn Witts, hosted the Friends Youth Mentoring Program as we distributed new backpacks filled with school supplies, snacks, and trinkets and by providing delicious ice cream to the children attending. 

Very generous sponsors of our backpack project include:  Arnie’s Place, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Cleveland Waters, & Bass, CMG Financial, Concord Group Insurance, Dartmouth Hitchcock Clinic, GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO, Greater Concord Federation of Women’s Club, Erin McNabb & Yehan Chen, Northeast Delta Dental, The Paul Family, Terri A. Smith, St. Paul’s School, and Weaver Brothers Construction

It was our great pleasure assuring so many children were ready with the right gear to start school. We hope each and every one has a super academic year!