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.

We're now accepting applications from organizations interested in being featured on the next season of Giving Matters. Download the application here. Deadline: June 18, 2014.

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 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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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat May 4, 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 April 27, 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 April 20, 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 April 13, 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.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat April 6, 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
12:09 am
Sat March 30, 2013

Keeping History Alive At The Fells

Credit Seeing New England

John Hay was private secretary to Abraham Lincoln and secretary of state under Theodore Roosevelt. His summer estate on Lake Sunapee was a masterpiece of architecture and of horticultural artistry. In 1987, the estate was deeded to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and opened to the public, and recently became a private non-profit offering programs, tours and classes. David Bashaw is a volunteer docent, guiding tours at the Fells.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat March 23, 2013

Getting Kids Excited About Science On The Seacoast

Myra (right) shows a young visitor the wonders of the Touch Tank.
Cheryl Senter NHPR

At the Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point in Rye, visitors learn about the science and beauty of marine life and the Gulf of Maine. Myra Sallet is a 13-year-old volunteer who particularly likes working with younger kids who come to explore.

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Giving Matters
9:10 am
Sat March 16, 2013

Apple Hill Brings Together Musicians From Around The World

The Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music brings musicians from around the globe to tiny Nelson, New Hampshire. They learn and share chamber music, and come to understand one another’s cultures and perspectives. Amelia Perron talks about her experience there.

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Giving Matters
12:02 am
Sat March 9, 2013

'Families First' Makes Health Care Affordable

The Families First Health and Support Center is a community health center that provides services regardless of ability to pay. Sue and Kellie are a mother and daughter who have received health care services at the center.

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Giving Matters
12:33 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Homeless Single Moms Have A Place To Stay In Strafford

The Homeless Center for Strafford County provides seasonal overnight shelter to single women and families. Almost half the people staying in the shelter are children – nearly all under five years old. Susan Ford directs the shelter and understands her clients’ first-hand. 

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

Managing Forest Land With Help From Monadnock Conservancy

Courtesy, Monadnock Conservancy

Jack Calhoun and his siblings donated the 310-acre Calhoun Family Forest to the Monadnock Conservancy. They wanted the tract to be managed as their parents had managed it -- as a sustainable timber resource, for public use, education and conservation.

Jack: This property is an aggregation of properties that my parents bought; and over the years, they managed it for sustainable timber, for wildlife, and for protection of water resources

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat February 16, 2013

The Palace Theatre Brings Art To Kids, And Vice-Versa

In addition to staging plays and concerts, The Palace Theater runs educational and cultural programs to engage community in the performing arts. Rebecca Gosselin is 12. She has participated in the Palace’s youth theatre programs for four years.

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