volunteers

ABC Quilts was founded in 1988, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, with the mission to lend comfort to babies born with AIDS. Now, its volunteers also make and deliver handmade quilts to abandoned babies and those affected by their mother’s drug or alcohol abuse.

Ellen Ahlgren of Northwood, New Hampshire began ABC Quilts, delivering six baby quilts to Boston City Hospital, each carrying the inscription “with love and comfort to you.” Soon after, ABC Quilts began to grow rapidly, and has since delivered more than half a million quilts worldwide.

From the archives this week, the story of Ellen Ahlgren and ABC Quilts, from reporter Leslie Bennett. 


Chris Jensen, NHPR

The Hand-in-Hand program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities connects youth volunteers in the North Country with elderly, low-income and disabled homeowners who need help with home maintenance. The youth volunteers spend a week in the summer pruning, painting, swinging hammers. 

Judy O’Leary, along with her husband Bob, coordinates a team of youth volunteers. She describes it as a a win-win situation. “It keeps our youth busy, and it helps our elderly who are really in need of help as they get older.”

 

Volunteering: Animal Shelters

Dec 19, 2013
Zach Nugent / NHPR

This week we’re shining a spotlight on some of New Hampshire’s most kind-hearted souls – volunteers who freely give their time and talents to the community. We’ve heard from volunteer tax filers, emergency responders, and today we’ll hear from Steve Roberto who, for the last nine years, has dedicated himself to helping animals; volunteering at shelters around New Hampshire.

Emily Corwin

Logan Shannon/Sara Plourde / NHPR

It’s the season for giving back and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at soup kitchens, at clinics and hospitals, or swinging a Christmas bell for the Salvation Army … but what about those volunteer opportunities that fly under the radar?  In New Hampshire, a number of brave and selfless volunteers tackle a task most people dread…filing taxes.

This week workers are renovating the Concord family home of Boston bombing victim Jeff Bauman Jr. They're making his father and step mother's home handicap accessible.

Before the Boston marathon bombings in April, Jeff Bauman Jr. visited the Concord home of his father, step mother and two half brothers frequently. But after Bauman lost both his legs during the marathon bombings, the space has become less accessible to maneuver around in a wheelchair.

A bench has been erected and positioned on the grounds of the Pillsbury building in Concord in honor of Richard Edmunds, a twenty year New Hampshire Public Radio volunteer, and fellow NHPR volunteers.

Edmunds was one of the gracious volunteers who whole-heartedly dedicated his time to NHPR. Edmunds volunteered in the Underwriting department for 20 years and logged 3,490 hours of service to NHPR. He began volunteering in 1991 after retiring from his banking position and was a NHPR member since 1980.