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 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

SeaCare Health Services Help the Uninsured in NH

Dana Trahan was uninsured when she started to lose her vision, but did not realize that this was the result of a brain tumor. SeaCare Health Services helped her get the care and treatment she needed – quickly.

Dana: I would be watching my son’s baseball games and I really felt as if I needed to keep blinking my eyes to get focused on him, so I thought it made sense to have my eyes checked. Knowing that I didn’t have the health insurance, it was important to me to figure out a way to make this an affordable experience, and that brought me to SeaCare.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat February 2, 2013

D-Acres Teaches Sustainable Ag Practices

Credit Evans-Brown / NHPR

At D-Acres in Dorchester staff and interns work on sustainable food production and education programs for the public. For Scott Codey, who arrived fresh from New York City, the work he does is about more than growing food.

Scott: Our role is as an educational institution where we essentially teach and learn about permaculture farming and community living. Permaculture stands for permanent agriculture, and the idea is to live with the land rather than live on the land. We really try to develop farming practices which mimic what’s going on in nature.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat January 26, 2013

New Parents Getting Back On Their Feet With The Family Place

The Family Place provides a variety of services to help young families through a myriad of challenges. Jennifer Smith learned about the Family Place when her daughter was a newborn and in neo-natal intensive care.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

Zebra Crossings Makes Kids Feel Normal

Zebra Crossings provides opportunities for kids with chronic health conditions to expand their experiences and find greater independence.

Eight-year-old Haiden Hesse-Stromberg lives with asthma. She says, “It’s a chance for kids to do activities they don’t usually get to do and for kids to make new friends.”

Her mother, Heather, appreciates the safe atmosphere Zebra Crossings has created. She says, “It’s become a really essential part of our lives with Haiden. We have seen a dramatic transformation from a shy child to a child who is willing to put herself out there.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat January 12, 2013

NH Teen Institute Prepares Teens for Adulthood

Susanna (bottom row, second from left) with her class at NH Teen Institute.

The New Hampshire Teen Institute is a non-profit organization that offers leadership and risk prevention training to teens, helping them understand and grow into their own strengths and potential. Susanna Keilig participated and volunteered in the Teen Institute’s “Leaders in Prevention” program and in the week-long summer program.

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Giving Matters
9:50 am
Sat January 5, 2013

Camp Lincoln Makes it Easier for Working Parents

Stacy Carey’s daughters were able to attend the Southern District YMCA’s Camp Lincoln on scholarship. As a result, Stacy was able to return to the workforce.

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Giving Matters
9:45 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Second Wind Helps Addicts Recover

Terry Gianelli

The Second Wind Foundation’s Upper Valley Turning Point Recovery Center supports people in recovery from addiction and addictive behavior.  The center hosts AA meetings and helps match people with sponsors, provides care plans and helps with job searches.  Its Willow Grove facility provides transitional housing.  The organization helped Terry Gianelli get her life back on track.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Rochester Opera House

The Rochester Opera House is a historic theater located in the Rochester city hall. It has been a center of community and community entertainment for more than a century. Now it is leased and operated as a non-profit, bringing a variety of shows and performance opportunities to the community. Shay Willard started acting there as a sixth grader; he is now a graduate student in film production and is directing a play at the opera house.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Krempels Center

The Krempels center is dedicated to offering a variety of assistance and support to people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Sandra Fortant sustained traumatic brain injuries from a car accident in 2005, and she had to start life over again. A year later she discovered the Krempels Center.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

B.R.I.N.G. I.T.!

Sevda Islamova (right) and her fellow trainee are learning to become nurse.
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The BRING IT Nursing Program, part of the New Hampshire Nursing Diversity Pipeline Project, encourages minority youth to consider careers in nursing. Sevda Islamova is a Turkish immigrant from Russia who joined the program.

Sevda: : In the program, I learned how to take blood pressure, CPR, first aid care, and most importantly, I learned that I need to believe in myself. If you don’t believe in yourself you won’t be able to achieve anything.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat December 1, 2012

Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum

The Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum is dedicated to sharing Native American history and culture, past and present, with all who come through its doors. In addition to displaying its collection and maintaining a lending library, the museum holds Powwows and runs educational and special programs. Peter Newell is chief of the New Hampshire Intertribal Native American Council.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Humane Society of Greater Nashua

Robin, the cat.

The Humane Society for Greater Nashua cares for more than 2,500 animals each year. And it provides some often overlooked services to people who need help caring for their pets. Pam Gustafson has adopted cats from the shelter, and volunteers there.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Seacoast Family Promise

Couresy Linda Bisset via Flickr/Creative Commons.

Seacoast Family Promise organizes a network of religious congregations to help homeless families. These congregations open their facilities on a rotating basis to provide overnight shelter and meals; at the organizations’s day center, staff help families with the support they need to get back on their feet. Karen and her son came to Seacoast Family Promise for help in 2009.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Montshire Museum of Science

Anna Super and her charges. (Todd Bookman/NHPR)

Anna: I was teaching maybe a skull lab the other day, and in the middle of the lab one of the little kids turns to his friend and says “This is a lot of fun isn’t it.”

The Montshire Museum of Science is a vibrant center for children -- and adults -- to make discoveries about science and the natural world. Anna Super was three years old when her parents first brought her to the museum. She’s 29 now, and still fascinated.

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Giving Matters
12:00 am
Sat November 3, 2012

Emerge Family Advocates

Courtesy J. McPherskesen via Flickr

Emerge Family Advocates provides a safe, neutral supervised place for child visitation and custody transfer. The Honorable Lawrence MacLeod, a New Hampshire circuit court judge, says that service is beneficial for children and families.

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