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Be Part of the Magic!
August 2013

Mark Your Calendar:

(contact to volunteer or to submit a project)

10th Annual Keene IDOL
A community showcase for local performers. Benefits AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region.
Place: McCue’s, Emerald St. Keene, NH
Upcoming Dates:
Saturday, August 10, 2013 (Adults & Youth)
Saturday, August 17, 2013 (Adults & Youth)
Time: Doors open at 5:30 PM, Show begins at 6:30 PM.
Cost: $12.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door
For more information, call 603-357-6855, email, or visit
Grant Writing and Management Workshop
Offered by Cyndi Desrosiers, CPS, Grants Manager for Cheshire County.
Place: Cheshire County Department of Corrections,
825 Marlboro Rd., Keene, NH
Date: Thursday, August 15, 2013 (registration deadline is August 7th)
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Cost: $50.00 (payment due at registration)
For Registration Form, click here.
If you have any questions, please contact Cyndi Desrosiers at 603-355-3023 or through email at
Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
20th Annual Golf Outing

Place: Shattuck Golf Club, Jaffrey, NH
Date: Friday, August 16, 2013 (registration deadline is August 13th)
Time: 7:30 AM Registration; 8:30 AM Tee Off
Cost: $110.00 (individual); $400.00 (foursome)
For Registration Form, click here. For more information email, or call 603-924-7234.
Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center
National Service Day
(in Conjunction with MUW Day of Caring)
One-day service projects throughout the Monadnock Region in conjunction with Veterans Helping Veterans project.
Place: Throughout the Monadnock Region
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
For more information, to request help with a project, or to volunteer, contact Peter Moore, Program Coordinator, at
603-283-1681 or 603-924-7350, or email
Monadnock United Way 2013-2014 Campaign Kickoff
Be Part of the Magic!
Place: Keene Country Club, Keene, NH
Date: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Time: 4:30 PM- 6:00 PM
For more information call Monadnock United Way at
Monadnock Humane Society
Spay/Neuter Clinics for Cats

The cat spay/neuter clinics are open to cat guardians who do not have a veterinarian of their own, or can not otherwise afford to spay or neuter their cats.
Place: Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH
Upcoming Dates:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Additional dates in October, November, and December
Time(s): Contact the Humane Society to schedule appointment. For more information, call 603-352-9011, or visit and go to the “Resources” page.
Cheshire Housing Trust 2013 Homebuyers Seminars
Seminars for first-time homebuyers.
Place: Stone Arch Village Senior Housing Community Room, 835 Court St., Keene, NH
Dates: Saturday, September 21, 2013 and
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Time: 9:30 AM-4:30 PM
Free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call 603-357-7603, ext. 103, or email

In This Issue:

Air TimeAugust on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 am Wednesday, August 21st will be the Monadnock Community Early Learning Center.

WKBK regularly features a Monadnock United Way agency on the third Wednesday of each month.

Now through October:

Double Up Veggie Bucks

The Cheshire County Conservation District is partnering with The Farmers Market of Keene to expand access of farm fresh fruits and vegetables to seniors, parents and other food-insecure community members who are eligible for federal SNAP benefits with a program that doubles the first $10 of benefits spent on locally produced food at market. This expands the direct sales of the farms integral to our community while making healthy farm-fresh produce available and affordable for those in our community
who are most at-risk for developing preventable diseases affected by poor nutrition.

It‘s easy to use our SNAP benefits at the market:

  1. Go to the Market booth and swipe your EBT card to get wooden tokens to spend on farm-fresh food.
  2. Receive up to $10 in additional tokens to match the tokens you buy with SNAP benefits.
  3. Use the tokens at individual stalls to buy the SNAP-eligible foods and vegetable plants.
  4. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables!

Keene Farmers' Market

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Monadnock Region Map

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Be part of the Magic! — Monadnock United Way Campaign Theme and Goal Announced!

Magic!The 2013-2014 Monadnock United Way campaign theme and goal were announced by Wink Faulkner, General Campaign Chair, at a Campaign Briefing recently held at the Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services offices in Keene. With help from several campaign volunteers, this year’s theme ‘Be Part of the Magic!’ was revealed. Faulkner then announced the campaign goal — $2,270,399!

Forty-four agencies and programs serving 36 communities in the Monadnock Region will benefit from this year’s campaign. Faulkner is optimistic we can achieve success, and stated, “With a great group of enthusiastic volunteers, another great theme, and a little bit of the “magic” that makes the Monadnock Region such a special place, we will reach our goal!”

The official Campaign Kick-Off is Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
at the Keene Country Club.

Campaign Goal

Division Chairs Named for Monadnock United Way 2013-2014 Campaign

These volunteers, from across the Monadnock Region, will play an important role by assisting the General Campaign Chair, Wink Faulkner, by organizing the efforts of hundreds of additional volunteers who reach out to industries, businesses, organizations and towns throughout the region for their support during the campaign this fall.

Division Chairs for the 2013-2014 campaign are: Michelle Hayward from Savings Bank of Walpole — Professional Division; Keith Thibault from Southwestern Community Services — Construction Division; Peter Hansel from Filtrine — Industrial Division; Gigi Batchelder from Monadnock Family Services — Commercial Division; Erin Temmen from C&S Wholesale Grocers — Special Division; Jess Snelling from Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services — Towns II; Barbara Summers, a community volunteer — Towns III; Beth Truman, a community volunteer — Towns IV; and Bill Goodwin, a community volunteer — Towns V. The Division Chair position for Towns I is currently available.

In addition to the Division Chairs, several Special Assistants will play key roles in the campaign. These Special Assistants are: Nancy Vincent, Keene Public Library — Employee Campaign Delivery Chair; Frank Dobisky, Thomas Transportation — Leadership Giving Chair; Allen Mendelson, Edward Jones — Pacesetter Recruiting Chair; Ken Jue, Ken Jue Consulting — Loaned Employee Recruiting Chair; Sheila Williams, the Keene Public Library — Campaign Communications Chair; and John Hoffman, a community volunteer will chair the Campaign Chair Alumni committee.

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Grant Writing and Management Workshop

Grant Writing an Management Workshop

Are you responsible for writing or managing grants for your organization? You may be interested in this upcoming workshop presented by Cyndi Desrosiers, CPS, Grants Manager for Cheshire County.

Cyndi Desrosiers, CPS, the Grants Manager of the County of Cheshire is offering a Grant Writing and Management Workshop where you will learn about the latest trends in grant funding, the important and necessary elements of grant submissions, ethical standards of non-profits and grant writers, and the management and budgetary tracking once you win the grant! Bring your questions…this is an interactive workshop.

Cyndi currently manages close to $4 million dollars in grants and has written an additional $2 million since the start of 2013. In her ten-year career working in the non-profit world, Cyndi has written and managed $9 million dollars in grants and has reviewed grants for federal and local agencies. Cyndi has presented at regional conferences and has a consulting business working with various non-profits on board development, strategic planning, sustainability planning and grant writing.

Click here for the Registration Form.

Preregistration is required for this event as well as payment upon time of registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Cyndi Desrosiers at 603-355-3023 or through email at

This course has been approved for 6 CEUs from the NH Prevention Certification Board.

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National Day of Service – Veterans Helping Veterans

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center will be holding a National Service Day event on September 11, 2013 in conjunction with our Veterans Helping Veterans project and MUW Day of Caring. Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center is working to identify and coordinate one-day service projects throughout the Monadnock Region that will benefit veterans and military families in need of assistance around their homes.

Projects may include landscape clean-up, minor home repairs, installation of grab bars, washing and placing of storm windows, or stacking cordwood for the winter. We are open to project ideas and, if you are aware of a potential need, please let us know so that we may follow-up.

The RSVP Veterans Helping Veterans model seeks to recruit veterans that are 55 years of age or older to lend a strong and compassionate hand to less-able veterans and their families. For this one day project any veteran or veteran group that is willing and able to help a fellow veteran or their family in need is welcome to participate. For more information, to request help with a project, or to volunteer, contact Peter Moore, Program Coordinator, at 283-1681 or 924-7350, or email

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center is a program of Monadnock Family Services, a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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The Winchester Learning Center Receives a Grant

The Winchester Learning CenterThe Winchester Learning Center a non-profit childcare, preschool and family resource center located in downtown Winchester has recently received a grant from the New Hampshire Charitable foundation, James W. Squires Social Justice Fund. The grant monies in the amount of $6,000.00 were received to support operations.

Fore more information about The Winchester Learning Center, visit

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation serves communities throughout New Hampshire, southeastern Maine and eastern Vermont. The Foundation manages a growing collection of charitable funds created by individuals, families and corporations. Outside the government, the Foundation is the largest grantmaker in the state, making more than 3000 grants to nonprofits and nearly 1600 student aid awards totaling approximately $30 million annually. The Foundation is nonpartisan, frequently playing the role of convener and catalyst on a broad spectrum of issues. Based in Concord, the Foundation roots itself in the communities through regional advisory boards. Funding for the Winchester Learning Center was provided by the Monadnock Region Community Loan fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

For more information about The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, visit or call 603-225-6641.

The Winchester Learning Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Vision 2020 = Healthy Monadnock 2020

Vision 2020 is transitioning to Healthy Monadnock 2020 in order to communicate more quickly and accurately the initiative’s goal of becoming the healthiest county in the nation by the year 2020.

Last fall the Vision 2020 Education and Awareness Work group reconvened to create a healthy eating and active living messaging campaign for our community. The group worked with a consultant to create a promotional plan to achieve the following goals:

  1. Increase the % of Cheshire County residents who are aware of the initiative
  2. Recruit 25% of the adult population to become Champions AND
  3. Increase fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity.

The consultant’s top recommendation was to “build a brand for the initiative” that easily communicates the goal and minimizes any confusion there might be about what Vision 2020 is (it has NOTHING to do with eye care!). Moving forward, we want to be sure that people quickly understand that this is a county-wide initiative to become the healthiest community in the country by 2020. While the Vision 2020 brand had a message that was understood by a smaller segment of the community (our Champions!), we need to be certain that everyone clearly appreciates our goal.

Healthy Monadnock 2020We’ve been fortunate to engage 49% of the community since the initiative launched, but the majority of our citizens still do not know about our plans. Through this new brand, we are fortifying our efforts. After a good deal of discussion, solicitation of input from community members and then testing the new brand, we are poised to meet our goal in the next seven years.

We are excited about Healthy Monadnock 2020 and look forward to all our Champions working together to spread the word about our new name and brand and engage others in our community’s goal.

~ Healthiest Community Advisory Board

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The Community Kitchen Welcomes Gleaning Coordinator

Sarah HarpsterThe Community Kitchen is delighted and excited to introduce Sarah Harpster as their Gleaning Coordinator. As a Gleaning Coordinator, Harpster will work with farmers and volunteers in Cheshire County to gather fresh produce from the fields that might otherwise go to waste and bring that produce to The Community Kitchen for use in hot meals, in the local food pantry system, and in local schools. The Gleaning Coordinator develops relationships with farmers who can call when they have too much of a crop to be able to get it to the market at a profit. She also develops connections with individuals and groups that would like to volunteer to harvest these crops and deliver them to The Community Kitchen.

The new Gleaning Coordinator position is part of a 2013 initiative of University of New Hampshire’s NH Farm to School program in which six Gleaning Coordinators have been hired to serve regions across southern New Hampshire. The initiative was made possible in part by an anonymous donation through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. These coordinators will draw on a number of local partnerships to bring fresh fruits and vegetables that would otherwise not be economically marketable to the food pantry systems and the schools of their local communities.

Ms. Harpster settled in Keene with her partner and daughter in 2006 when she came to study Environmental Advocacy and Organizing at Antioch University New England. She has worked at Clean Air-Cool Planet, helping local municipalities to measure and reduce the energy costs of their buildings and vehicle fleets, and at ServiceLink of the Monadnock Region and Sullivan County, helping develop community supports for family caregivers. She is a founding member of the Transition Keene Task Force, a group dedicated to supporting efforts to build up economic and environmental resilience at the local and regional level.

“I am so excited to be part of this program,” Harpster said. “I have already gotten so much positive feedback from the community about how this program will make a real difference in developing a local solution to food security as well as health in our region. I am so encouraged by the level of interest I see when people learn about the program and the great people who have already started to step up and show support.”

The Community Kitchen’s gleaning program welcomes fresh produce from farms, orchards, community gardens, and anyone with an extra abundant crop on their hands. Anyone with questions about donating the gleanings of their crops, volunteering to harvest, or learning more about this program can contact Sarah Harpster at or 603-903-2202.

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Interested in Changing a Life Forever? Volunteer with MCVP!

MCVPMCVP: Crisis & Prevention Center is currently accepting applications for our upcoming volunteer training starting in September. After completing our month-long, 40-hour training, volunteers can provide assistance to survivors of domestic and sexual violence in a variety of ways. Have a skill or hobby you’d like to share with guests in the emergency shelter? Are you interested in facilitating an on-going support group? Or, would you like to take shifts on our 24-hour crisis hotline?

In the words of our 25-year Volunteer, Joanne, “I see the difference it makes in the clients and their families. We help to empower and educate…We many times see the same clients…but they get a little stronger each time…They know we’re there for them — it’s a great feeling for them and for me!”

For more details contact Direct Services Coordinator, Jan Richards, at 352-3782 or email

This year MCVP is celebrating 35 years of service in the Monadnock Region, thanks in large part to our outstanding and giving volunteers! Visit them online at or call the office and ask to speak with Jan about filling out an application to sign up for September’s training!

MCVP is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Life Changes…In Retirement

Keene Senior CenterKeene Senior Center is hosting a free fall program, Life Changes…In Retirement. The program’s focus is to provide information for seniors, family and friends facing an array of life changes, such as housing, health, insurance, security, legal, recreational, intellectual, and financial. Area companies, governments, and nonprofits are invited to apply to be part of the program.

The program will be on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Keene Senior Center, 70 Court Sreet, in Keene. For more information, call352-5037 and talk with Pegg or Lindsey.

The Keene Senior Center is a Monadncok United Way Agency.

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Celebrating our Health Care Legacy

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The Fuel Assistance Program Is Preparing for the Upcoming Heating Season!

Any households with elderly or disabled individuals or children under six years old can call to schedule an appointment in the month of August. Any other households can call during the month of August to book an appointment for September. It is very important that households call us to schedule these appointments as we mail an appointment card checklist which will provide guidance in regards to paperwork needed. We do not generally take any “walk-ins” due to the number of appointments we book each hour.

We plan to begin distributing Fuel Assistance brochures in the month of August as well. Beth Daniels, Director of Energy Services & Energy Conservation, can be contacted for any presentations on the services we provide.

Anyone with an interest in Weatherization services should inform the intake worker at the time of their Fuel Assistance Program. This will add their household name to the current waiting list. If there is any chance someone would be a candidate for Weatherization in the near future, they will be contacted directly. Funding is very limited.

We also continue to schedule appointments for the Electric Assistance Program. The Neighbor Helping Neighbor fund is temporarily on hold (no appointments in the month of August). Households will want to seek assistance through their town welfare office for assistance with past due electric bills during the month of August.

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you in September!

~ SCS Energy Services & Energy Conservation Department

Southwestern Community Services is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Agency/Program Wish List

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western New Hampshire
Computers (Windows 7) — 352-9536, ext. 106

The Community Kitchen
Delivery drivers to deliver take-home food boxes on Thursday mornings. Depending on the route, it would take 1-2 hours. Volunteers would need their own vehicle and be able to lift about 40 pounds. — 352-3200

Contoocook Valley Transportation Company (CVTC)
Volunteer drivers for the Eastern Monadnock region — 877-428-2882, ext. 5

Horse Power Therapeutic Riding at Touchstone Farm
Looking for volunteers for Horse Power Therapeutic Riding Touchstone Farm riding program — Terri, 654-8562

Keene Day Care Center
Washable markers, balls (any kind) — 352-2129

Keene Senior Center
Gardening hand tools for vegetable garden, paper towels, paper napkins, disposable coffee cups, IT volunteer to help with computer problems — 352-5037

MAPS Counseling Services
An acoustic guitar for an adolescent client who comes from a very impoverished background 355-2244

Monadnock Adult Care Center
Sewing machine Chris, 5322427

Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency (MPS)
Digital camera, someone to tune our piano, a cloth to cover the piano keys, twin-sized bed linens, towels, wash cloths, bath mat, twin-sized comforter, Nintendo Wii, jelly stretch elastic for jewelry-making 352-5093

Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention
Toilet paper, paper towels, household cleaning supplies (kitchen spray, bathroom cleaner, window cleaner, etc.)

Monadnock Family Services
Baby soaps & lotions, baby food, bottles and toddler cups, teething rings, toilet paper & tissues, blankets, cleaning products, hand sanitizer/antibacterial wipes, utensils, sheets, cereal bowls, sponges, family-oriented DVDs, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, baggies etc., nonperishable food — Ann Foerster, 355-3040

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center
Keurig coffee machine — Kathy, 357-6893

Phoenix House Keene Center
Bicycle(s) in good working condition, area rugs, towels, percussion
instruments — Mary, 358-4041

WishingThe River Center
Lawn mower, window A/C unit, child-sized picnic table, garden tools (trowels, spades, gloves, etc.), Potted mums — 924-6800

The Samaritans, Inc.
Individually packaged snacks and/or beverages, crossword and Sudoku puzzle books — 357-5510

Southwestern Community Services
Plastic sealable totes with lids (large and medium), metal dressers, metal living room furniture, metal or tile tables for kitchen & living room, metal kitchen chairs, energy efficient light bulbs, personal care items, 35-gallon trash bags, twin sheets, new pillows, bath towels — Cathy Thornton, 352-7512, ext. 4295

Winchester Learning Center
Metal Tonka trucks and wagons, large and small, new or old — 239-7347

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