Giving Matters

The work of non-profit organizations throughout New Hampshire is significant and ongoing. So each Saturday morning, at 8:35, we take two-minutes to examine the benefits generated by this work. We share the stories of people from all walks of life who have improved their lives with the help of these organizations.

This joint production of NHPR and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is hosted by Deborah Schacter, and produced by Andrew Parrella and Lois Shea.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat November 23, 2013

Discovering Expression Through Dance At MoCo Arts

Credit Aldo Tapia / Flickr

MoCo Arts wants to change people's lives through creative expression and exposure to the arts. One of its students, Peter Fedrizzi, started dancing when he was 13, after a friend suggested he might have a natural ability for it.

"We were lying around one afternoon and I was stretching my feet, and she looked at them and said, 'Peter, people will kill for your feet in dance. You should try ballet.'"

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat November 16, 2013

Upper Valley Educators Institute Prepares Teachers For Their Careers

Credit Creative Common/Flickr audiolucistore

Professionals who dream of changing careers and becoming teachers have been doing so with the help of the Upper Valley Educators Institute since 1969.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat November 9, 2013

Harbor Homes Supports Homeless Vets

Credit Courtesy of Harbor Homes

When Matt Milbourn, a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War, found himself unexpectedly made homeless,  Harbor Homes was there for him.

In addition to operating a homeless shelter, Harbor Homes also manages a reintegration program, offering services, healthcare, and education to homeless veterans and their families. Matt earned his CphT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) through the program, and now teaches computer education and life skills classes at Harbor Homes.

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Giving Matters
3:39 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Strafford Rivers Conservancy Protects Country's Oldest Farm

Tuttle Farm in Dover, NH
NHPR, Cheryl Senter

The Tuttle Farm in Dover is the oldest family farm in the United States. When Bill Tuttle and his family, the 11th generation to farm this land, decided to conserve it, they turned to the Strafford Rivers Conservancy.

 

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Finding Friends And Mentors Through Big Brothers Big Sisters

Credit NHPR

Big Brothers/Big Sisters Alliance of New Hampshire matches kids with caring mentors.

Lexi was matched with her "big sister" Sarah Danforth, and the two regularly spend time together. Lexi’s three sisters each have "big sisters," too. Sometimes, all eight of them get together--for a swim, for a cookout, for a game night.

Danforth joined the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program because she wanted to enable her match to see and do things she may not have an opportunity to otherwise.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat October 26, 2013

Granite United Way's 2-1-1 Connects People and Services

Credit Milestone Management / Flickr

The Granite United Way's 2-1-1 New Hampshire service is a directory assistance of services available in the state. It puts those in need in touch with the services that can help.

Cassie called 2-1-1 for help with disability rights when she ran into trouble with her housing arrangement. Her landlord had issued an eviction notice after she acquired a dog, because her lease forbids pets from the building. But Cassie's dog isn't a pet; she's a psychiatric service dog that provided therapeutic assistance.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat October 19, 2013

Keene Community Kitchen Teaches Nutrition And Creative Cooking

Some years ago, Maria Dichtelmiller found herself unable to buy food and living in a shelter. She went to The Community Kitchen in Keene, a local food pantry.

While standing in line at the pantry, Maria noticed a chayote (a type of squash) had been sorted in with boxes of fruits. After pointing this out and explaining what a chayote was to the staff, they hired her as a volunteer. She now works at the Kitchen’s grain station and educates others on the value of food they might be unfamiliar with.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat October 12, 2013

Young Soloist Advances Career With Symphony NH

Crystal rehearsing before her performance.
Credit Sheryl Rich-Kern / NHPR

Symphony NH, the granite state's oldest professional orchestra, invited 16-year-old harpist Crystal Napoli to solo at two of their performances; an opportunity that is the stuff of dreams for young classical musicians.

The symphony's music director, Jonathan McPhee, extended the invitation to Crystal after seeing her performance as the 2011 winner of the concerto competition at the Manchester Community Music School.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Lakes Region Community Services Draws Up Blueprints For Families Coping With Autism

Credit hepingting / Flickr

Lakes Region Community Services helps children with autism and their families through their early intervention program and autism center. Christian Lapierre was 15 months old when his mom, Denise, realized something was wrong and called Lakes Region Community Services.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat September 28, 2013

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
12:00 am
Sat September 21, 2013

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
12:00 am
Sat September 14, 2013

Building A Sense Of Accomplishment At The New Hampshire 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
12:00 am
Sat September 7, 2013

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
12:00 am
Sat August 31, 2013

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
12:00 am
Sat August 24, 2013

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
12:00 am
Sat August 17, 2013

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
12:00 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Acting Gets Upstaged At Winnipesaukee Playhouse

The educational center building at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in Meredith, N.H. April 8, 2013.
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
12:00 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay

Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, N.H. April 8, 2013.
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
12:00 am
Sat July 27, 2013

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
12:00 am
Sat July 20, 2013

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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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Cornucopia Project Filling Kids' Cups

Third graders at DCS tending their garden.
Ellingwood

The Cornucopia Project teaches kids to grow food -- and to make a lifetime of healthy eating choices. Susan Ellingwood and her third-graders in Dublin are old hands in their school garden -- which was established with help from the Cornucopia Project.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Portsmouth African Burying Ground Commemorates Past

This is an artist's approximation of the burials on Chestnut Street which is home to the recently rediscovered site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is the only archaeolgically authenticated 18th century African burying ground in all of New England.
African Burying Ground NH

During the 1700's, many Portsmouth residents were of African descent– some slave, some free— and were buried in a segregated cemetery. That cemetery was built over, its boundaries obscured. A public works crew rediscovered the site and now the restoration of its dignity has begun. Kelvin Edwards is working on the Portsmouth African Burying Ground Memorial.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 29, 2013

North Country Natives Celebrate Culture Through Music

Chris Jensen/NHPR

 The Great North Woods Committee for the Arts enriches north country life by bringing authentic music and culture to local venues. Quebec native, Alice Carlson, grew up listening to traditional folklore music.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Therapy Dog, "Angel," Lives Up To Her Name

Therapy dog Angel
Credit Courtesy Sarah Kirsch

Sarah Kirsch rescued her dog, Angel, from the Concord-Merrimack County SPCA, and enrolled Angel in a program to become a therapy dog through that organization. Now certified, Angel makes regular visits to nursing homes.

The presence of a therapy dog can have a significant impact on the residents.

Kirsch and Angel were directed to one resident, Pearl. Though she seemed to be unresponsive, her roommate informed Kirsch that she really did like dogs.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

For Struggling Youth, The Webster House A Second Home

Credit Courtesy of The Webster House

The Webster House is a children's home in Manchester that has been in operation since 1884, caring for youth who are unable to live at home.

Gabrielle Dante came to The Webster House when she was in her mid-teens. She had been experiencing problems at home and at school, and was struggling to overcome an eating disorder.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 8, 2013

The Raymond Coalition Steers Youth Toward Smart Choices

Credit Courtesy of The Raymond Coalition

The Raymond Coalition for Youth is committed to helping kids make healthy choices and form positive habits. Through its "Youth Action" program, the Coalition empowers teenagers, like Kirsten Roman, to involve themselves in community outreach. "I was really interested in helping out the community more, and to help my peers make good choices," says Roman. "We focus on positive choice: not doing drugs or alcohol; eating healthy and exercising."

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

At Serenity Place, Coming Clean From Addiction

Credit epSos.de / Flickr/Creative Commons

Serenity Place is a substance abuse recovery center in Manchester, offering detox programs and education to those struggling to overcome addiction. For Stephanie, Serenity Place provided a solid foundation for her recovery from drug and alcohol problems.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Discovering Expression Through Dance At MoCo Arts

Credit Aldo Tapia / Flickr

MoCo Arts wants to change people's lives through creative expression and exposure to the arts. One of its students, Peter Fedrizzi, started dancing when he was 13, after a friend suggested he might have a natural ability for it.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Upper Valley Educators Institute Prepares Teachers For Their Careers

Credit Cybrarian 77 via Flickr/Creative Commons

Professionals who dream of changing careers and becoming teachers have been doing so with the help of the Upper Valley Educators Institute since 1969.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Harbor Homes Supports Homeless Vets

Credit Courtesy of Harbor Homes

When Matt Milbourn, a veteran of the first Persian Gulf War, found himself unexpectedly made homeless,  Harbor Homes was there for him.

In addition to operating a homeless shelter, Harbor Homes also manages a reintegration program, offering services, healthcare, and education to homeless veterans and their families. Matt earned his CphT (Certified Pharmacy Technician) through the program, and now teaches computer education and life skills classes at Harbor Homes.

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