Deborah Schachter

Host, Giving Matters

Deborah Schachter is a Senior Program Officer at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire's statewide community foundation. For more than 13 years, she has been responsible for statewide and regional grant-making; spearheaded a range of special initiatives; and worked with nonprofits, donors, public officials, businesses, and other community leaders to advance community well-being on the Foundation's behalf. She initiated and has led the Foundation’s work on Giving Matters, in partnership with NHPR, since the inception of the series in 2001.

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Giving Matters
12:38 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Giving Matters: SEPIA Brings Art To Kids And The Community

Emilia Ornellas is a student teacher at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She works with middle and high school students in the Student Enrichment Program in the Arts, also known as SEPIA. She explains that the program offers art classes Manchester students grades K-12.

Dhahiro Osman is an outgoing student who participated in the SEPIA program. Her interest? Self-improvement. “I thought that I’d give it a try, because I’m not a good artist; I thought this might be my chance to be good at it.”

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Giving Matters
12:40 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Giving Matters: Star Island Brings Visitors Closer To Nature And Themselves

Star Island, on the Isles of Shoals, is one of just four maritime islands in New Hampshire. It is owned and operated by the nonprofit Star Island Corporation. For years, Star has been a retreat and conference center and is also open to the public for day trips and overnight stays. Brad Greely is a minister who has a lifelong history with Star Island.

 

BG: Both my parents and my grandparents were people who came to Star Island. So I was brought at the ripe age of six months out to a conference. Then I went on to have a family and started bringing my own kids out here.

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Giving Matters
12:57 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Giving Matters: WREN Helps Local Entrepreneurs Thrive

Jeannette Fournier

WREN (formerly the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network) provides support, training, and networking opportunities to people operating small businesses in northern New Hampshire. They also operate two storefronts and two farmers’ markets for local vendors. 

“I’ve been a painter all my life.” Jeannette Fournier’s medium is watercolors and a few years back she and her husband relocated to the Littleton-area. “We happened to drive through Bethlehem and I noticed the WREN organization on main street. I thought, “this couldn’t be more perfect timing.”

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Giving Matters
12:39 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Giving Matters: Northern Forest Center

Credit D-Kuru/Wikimedia Commons

The Northern Forest Center helps create economic opportunity and community vitality from healthy working forests.

 

David Benckendorf participated in the Center’s Model Neighborhood Project, and was one of 40 homeowners who purchased and installed a wood pellet boiler with the center’s help. “there were a lot of advantages to it and it really peaked my interest.” He eventually converted his oil furnace to a wood pellet boiler.

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Giving Matters
12:04 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Giving Matters: Immigrant Literacy Connects Cultures and Generations

The New Hampshire Humanities Council’s Connections program is an adult literacy program that aims to develop communities of readers. Hari Sharma, who is originally from Bhutan, joined Connections via his ESOL class. 

 

The books he read with his connections were selected around to focus on important cultural lessons. One unit was based on American suffrage icons including, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony and Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Giving Matters
12:38 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Giving Matters: Farnum Center Helps People Get Clean

The Farnum Center provides treatment to people with substance use disorders. It recently moved to a new facility which includes a new medical detox unit, the only one in the state not connected to a hospital. 

Dr. Cheryl Wilkie works with patients at the center. “We have a five day detox, a 30-day residential treatment center and then outpatient services that follow them as long as they need it.

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Giving Matters
11:30 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Giving Matters: Hospice Is More Than End Of Life Care

Credit Rachel via flickr Creative Commons

Peg Kelly fought three different types of cancer over ten years. Towards the end of the decade her chemotherapy was designed more to reduce her discomfort than eradicate the cancer, because she was dying. She and her husband, Dennis, called the Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, who had been providing at-home service to Peg as she battled the cancer. This time when the Kellys called, they asked about the hospice service.

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Giving Matters
12:22 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Giving Matters: Kurn Hattin Provides Space For Kids

Lyssa Jackson, graduate of Kurn Hattin Homes for Children.

Kurn Hattin Homes for Children was established in 1894 for children whose families are not able to care for them. Lyssa Jackson was such a child, born to parents with mental illness. “I lived with my mother until I was about eight and at that point, I wasn’t going to school very often. My mother was keeping me out of school because she was not feeling secure with my teachers because of her own internal issues.”

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Giving Matters
12:49 am
Sat June 21, 2014

Giving Matters: The Library Is A Town Hub in Gilmanton

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library opened in 2009 -- entirely the product of volunteer labor and donated funds. Jenn MacLeod and her four kids could not imagine the town without it. “My son, who’s 3, comes into the library, takes off his shoes, hangs up his coat and says ‘I’m home.’”

 

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Giving Matters
12:57 am
Sat June 14, 2014

Giving Matters: Elderly Residents Stocking The Cupboard Courtesy of The CareGivers

Elsie in her kitchen.

The CareGivers  is dedicated to helping elders stay in their homes, and provides services that help them do so. Elsie relies on the CareGivers for help grocery shopping and getting to appointments. And each month, she welcomes a volunteer from the CareGivers Caring Cupboard food pantry.

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Giving Matters
12:50 am
Sat June 7, 2014

Giving Matters: A Lifeline For Kids With Cancer And Their Families

The mission of Childhood Cancer Lifeline is to “empower New Hampshire families who are coping with childhood cancer.” The Konrads are one such family.

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Giving Matters
12:44 am
Sat May 31, 2014

WISE Gives Aid To Victims Of Abuse

According to the NCADV, one in four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Betsy Kohl knows that statistic intimately; and with three daughters and four nieces, she also knows that one of them may be a victim of domestic or sexual violence. 

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Giving Matters
3:07 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Turning Points Network Helping To End Abusive Relationships

The CDC estimates that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 9 men in the United States are victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. While trying to overturn those numbers with its community-based violence prevention programs, Turning Points Network helps victims of domestic and sexual violence escape abusive relationships.

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Giving Matters
12:43 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Empowering Kids At The Boys And Girls Club

The Boys and Girls Club is more than a place to simply do homework or hang out with friends. Brittany Wheeler joined the Concord chapter four years ago, during her first year of high school. The club fosters a sense of community among the participants of its after-school program. As Wheeler says, it’s a place where kids “can feel safe after school and not get into trouble.”

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Giving Matters
9:44 am
Fri May 9, 2014

AHEAD Knows A House Is More Than A House

Deborah Gordon
Chris Jensen, NHPR

Affordable Housing, Education and Development (AHEAD) provides low-income housing, but also helps people with an array of financial issues from budget counseling to foreclosure intervention.

The Gordon’s house in Colebrook started out as a second home, but 11 years ago in anticipation of retirement they moved into the house full time.

 

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Giving Matters
12:18 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Families In Transition Offers A Path To Stability

Credit Courtesy Rachel justmakeit via Flickr/Creative Commons

Families in Transition provides safe, affordable housing and support services to families and individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The goal is to help people achieve self-sufficiency. Rebecca moved into Families in Transition housing when her youngest daughter was two months old.

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Giving Matters
12:08 am
Sat April 19, 2014

Certifying Teachers In The North Country

NCTCP graduate Amelia Alton.

The North Country Teacher Certification Program is a collaboration between Plymouth State University and White Mountains Community College. The program aims to increase the number of highly qualified teachers in the North Country. 

Amelia Alton was a pre-school teacher with more than 20 years of experience, who wanted to be a classroom teacher, “I always wanted to try my hand at the first and second grade level. But, I needed a different certification.” In 2010, with the help of the NCTCP, Alton went back to college and received her certification.

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Giving Matters
12:43 am
Sat April 12, 2014

Providing Dental Health Care To Uninsured Kids

Credit Courtesy David Mulder via Flickr Creative Commons

The Children’s Dental Network offers preventive dental services in 27 schools in and around Derry, NH to children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to those services. Jeanne Carroll and her husband are both college grads, and considered themselves “middle class;” they never thought they would have difficulty providing dental health care for their three children. 

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Giving Matters
4:21 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

N.H. Food Bank, Breaking The Cycle Of Food Insecurity

Credit Courtesy Niall Kennedy via Flickr/Creative Commons.

The work of the New Hampshire Food Bank is well established in the state, providing millions of pounds of food every year to food pantries and soup kitchens north and south. Less well-known, perhaps, are the programs it has developed that address the causes of hunger -- helping people get training that leads to employment and to food security.
 

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Giving Matters
12:50 am
Sat March 29, 2014

Artists Put On A Professional Face At 3S Artspace

Catherine Scala in her studio at 3S Artspace.
Scala

3S Artspace is a Portsmouth nonprofit working on renovating a large building into studio space for artists, a farm-to-table restaurant, performance space and a gallery. For Catherine Scala, finding studio space here gave her the boost to continue her career as an artist.

 

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Giving Matters
12:47 am
Sat March 22, 2014

AMC Trains The Future Workforce

Cory Arsenault atop a nwely finished staircase on Mount Jasper, Berlin, NH.
Credit NHPR/MacNameeKing

The Appalachian Mountain Club works with Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), providing summer work opportunities to North Country students. Students learn about trail stewardship and conservation, and gain practical job skills. Cory Arsenault and Samantha Roux were part of a crew doing trail work.

Roux says the trail work is intensive and demanding, “building rock staircases, bridges. We clean the trail 

  off for people.”

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Giving Matters
12:40 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Building A Sense Of Accomplishment At The NH Boat Musuem

David Ives assists Ben Eldridge with finish work on his kayak.
NH Boat Museum

The New Hampshire Boat Museum in Wolfeboro is a showplace for antique boats and New Hampshire’s boating history. The museum also runs summer boat-building workshops for kids. The two week program offers area youth the chance to build a canoe, a kayak or a skiff. 

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Giving Matters
12:34 am
Sat March 8, 2014

Empowering Girls With Power Tools

Cheryl Senter

Girls at Work empowers girls by putting power tools in their hands, and teaching them how to use those tools. The girls build tables, sheds and bookshelves, but learn bigger lessons along the way. Hollie Brenton, 18, has worked with the program for ten years and says it has changed her life.

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Giving Matters
12:25 am
Sat March 1, 2014

Upper Valley Haven: Keeping Families Dry After Hurricane Irene

Credit Jim Greenhill / Flickr

When Hurricane Irene struck the Upper Valley in 2011, The Upper Valley Haven, an emergency shelter in White River Junction, was there to help those who had lost their homes. Al Carbonneau and his family were among those displaced. 

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Giving Matters
12:15 am
Sat February 22, 2014

Kids Culinary Arts Equips Children With Life-Skill

Cheryl Senter

Kids Culinary Arts teaches kids cooking and nutrition during after school programs, vacations and summer camps. The organization works in school districts and towns to get kids cooking and eating healthy foods. Matthew and Nicole Heiter, 11 and nine years old, have become experienced hands in the kitchen. Their mother, Lauren credits Kids Culinary Arts.

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Giving Matters
12:06 am
Sat February 15, 2014

The Fight For Frisky Hill

Credit Gilmanton Land Trust

On her commute from Laconia to Pittsfield six days a week, Tobi Gray Chassie often stops at scenic spot in Gilmanton called Frisky Hill. When Chassie saw a sign telling of plans to develop the land, she felt that it was her duty to support the Gilmanton Land Trust in their protection of the land which meant so much to her.

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Giving Matters
12:55 am
Sat February 8, 2014

Acting Gets Upstaged At Winnipesaukee Playhouse

The educational center building at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, N.H.
Cheryl Senter

When Kat Morris's eldest daughter asked to try out for a play at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse, she could not have guessed the effect community theater would have on her entire family. 

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Giving Matters
12:14 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay

Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, N.H.
Cheryl Senter

The Great Bay Stewards work to preserve and protect the Great Bay estuary through education, land protection and research. Sharon Musselman, one of the educators, is recently a retired teacher who often brought her own classes here to explore this ecosystem.

"I'm excited to be here at Great Bay Discover center," Musselman said. "I brought my first grade class to Great Bay for 15 years because it is such a great experience for first graders."

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Giving Matters
12:43 am
Sat January 25, 2014

Food Pantry Provides What Food Stamps Can't

Credit Seacoast Family Food Pantry of New Hampshire

The Seacoast Family Food Pantry began as the Ladies Humane Society in 1816 to assist families of fishermen. Now, it is still serving those in the community who need help. The pantry aids many families with children—and many elders. Jane is a widow living on a fixed income.

“There are a lot of things you can’t buy with food stamps, but down at the pantry, they cover just about everything that you would need in your household,” Jane said.

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Giving Matters
12:41 am
Sat January 18, 2014

Journey Song Shares Gift Of Music With Hospice Patients

Credit Journey Song

Journey Song, a group of singers based in the New Hampshire Seacoast, brings the solace of music to hospice patients and their families. Ed Brown remembers how the group sang for his wife, Judith Whipple Brown.

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