Charitable Giving

Getting Kids Excited About Science On The Seacoast

Mar 23, 2013
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.

Yesterday, I was the recipient of a random act of kindness. While pushing my shopping cart through the aisles of our local Hannaford, I noticed a brightly colored envelope had been dropped in it…inside was a lottery ticket, and a note encouraging me to perform random acts of kindness for others…Well, it didn’t take much digging to figure out that this act wasn’t so random, but part of a project launched by five friends who met in college, and are now staying connected with each other through their generosity toward strangers. The five friends are: Trista Bradt, Ashley Agresta, Kristin Burger, Chelsea Kennedy and Jessica Johnson. We spoke to Jessica about the project. You can follow the “Caz Girls” on their Facebook page, and donate to their other kindness projects at their Go Fund Me site.

Apple Hill Brings Together Musicians From Around The World

Mar 16, 2013

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.

'Families First' Makes Health Care Affordable

Mar 9, 2013

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.

Homeless Single Moms Have A Place To Stay In Strafford

Mar 2, 2013

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. 

Managing Forest Land With Help From Monadnock Conservancy

Feb 23, 2013

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

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

Feb 16, 2013

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.

SeaCare Health Services Help the Uninsured in NH

Feb 9, 2013

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.

Zebra Crossings Makes Kids Feel Normal

Jan 19, 2013

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.

NH Teen Institute Prepares Teens for Adulthood

Jan 12, 2013

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.

Camp Lincoln Makes it Easier for Working Parents

Jan 5, 2013

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.

Second Wind Helps Addicts Recover

Jan 2, 2013

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.

Rochester Opera House

Dec 22, 2012

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.

In a season filled with traditions, here’s one that Granite Staters may not enjoy so much: another yearly study that ranks New Hampshire as the least charitable state in the country.

The conclusions in the new report “How America Gives” are actually a little more complicated than that, but they still cast the Granite State and its neighbors as a bit grinchier than other parts of the country.

Krempels Center

Dec 15, 2012

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.

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

Dec 8, 2012
CSenter

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.

Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum

Dec 1, 2012

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.

Humane Society of Greater Nashua

Nov 24, 2012
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.

Seacoast Family Promise

Nov 17, 2012

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.

Montshire Museum of Science

Nov 10, 2012

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.

Emerge Family Advocates

Nov 3, 2012

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.

Riverbend Community Mental Health

Oct 27, 2012

Riverbend Community Mental Health helped Brian Ross get the proper medication to treat his mental illness, and helped him to get back to work.

Camp Inter-Actions

Oct 20, 2012
Todd Bookman, NHPR

At Camp Inter-Actions, blind and visually-impaired children have the opportunity to do all the usual summer-camp things -- like boating and swimming and crafts. And the unusual -- like creating a full-scale choral production.

Camper: I’m absolutely music obsessed, so my favorite camp activity is music. I could do that all day long. I thihnk we do a fantastic job, Duy is a great director.

Duy Bui started there as a junior counselor, went to the Manhattan School of Music, and has gone on to create a choral program at the camp.

Good Will Industries of Northern NE

Oct 13, 2012

Good Bridges, a program of Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, helps women transition from prison back to meaningful participation in their communities. The program pairs mentors with women transitioning from incarceration. April Dunn, a realtor, has been helping Val Fredette make that transition.

April: For a woman coming out of prison they have obstacles that the average person doesn’t have.

Val: I needed somebody that could show me the right way of doing things and somebody to look up to and really mentor me.

Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter

Oct 6, 2012

The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter provides about 1,700 meals each week and operates two homeless shelters. But it also helps people address the root causes of hunger and homelessness -- and to offer the proverbial ounce of prevention. The shelter helped Jackie, who is in recovery from alcoholism, get back to work.

Jackie: The people at the transitional housing program where I live referred me to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter for assistance with education and vocational goals that I had.

Seacoast Science Center

Sep 22, 2012
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.

Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music

Sep 15, 2012

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.

Families First

Sep 8, 2012

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.

Homeless Center for Strafford County

Sep 1, 2012

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.

Monadnock Conservancy

Aug 24, 2012

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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