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March 2014

Mark Your Calendar:

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Monadnock Family Services Men Who Cook
12th Annual Men Who Cook fundraiser. This year benefiting ActingOut.
Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. until…
Place: Zorn Dining Hall at Keene State College, Keene, NH
For more information email mdelisle@mfs.org
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BBBS Bowl for Kids Sake
A fun and easy way for you and your company, friends, or family to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Date(s): Thursday, April 17 through Thursday, May 22, 2014 (see details under 'Place')
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (at all locations)
Place: April 17 at Maple Lanes in Claremont; May 7, 8, and 9 at Yankee Lanes in Keene; May 14, 15, and 16 at Yankee Lanes in Keene; May 22, Bowling Acres in Peterborough.
On Sunday, March 23, over 100 Little Brothers and Little Sisters will enjoy 2 hours of free bowling, pizza and soft drinks thanks to their Bigs and Yankee Lanes.
Registration is simple via the BBBS web site, www.bbbswnh.org.
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Harrisville Children's Center Annual Online Auction
Gift certificates, tickets, handmade jewelry and more.
Date: Now through March 23, 2014
Time: any time/all the time
Online: www.harrisvillechildrenscenter.org or www.hccauction.org
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HM2020 Breakfast with Champions!
Keynote speaker: Terry Johnson, Director of the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative for New Hampshire.
Date: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Time: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Place: St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 70 West St., Keene, NH
For more information email Kelsey Plifka at kplifka@cheshire-med.com or call 354-5454 ext 2322
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Hannah Grimes Center 2014 Community After Hours
A networking event bringing together the business and nonprofit communities hosted by Leadership New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Place: Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury St., Keene, NH
For more information call 352-5063 or email info@hannahgrimes.com.
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Noche Mexicana Fundraiser Benefitting
Monadnock United Way
Margaritas will donate 15% of your bill to MUW. Remember to notify your server you are there to support MUW!
Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 4:00 p..m.-10:00 p.m.
Place: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, 77-81 Main St., Keene, NH
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Double Up Veggie Bucks
Ongoing — Now through April 2014
Dates: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Place: Colony Mill Marketplace (near Elm City Brewing), West St., Keene, NH
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Upcoming Keene Senior Center Trips:
Shades of Ireland
April 28-May 7, 2014
For more information or to register, call 352-5037.

In This Issue:

On the AirMarch on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 am Wednesday, March 19, 2014 will be Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center.

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

 

FREE Konica 7135 Copy Machine

Konica 7135Free to any nonprofit organization. You just have to pick it up at John Brown Limited, Inc., 46 Grove Street, Peterborough, NH 03458.

For more information, contact Nancy Zanga at nancy@johnbrownlimited.com

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Cameron Tease Joins MUW Staff as Director of Resource Development

We are extremely excited to announce the appointment of Cameron Tease as the new Director of Resource Development at Monadnock United Way.

Cameron TeaseCameron Tease comes to us with a rich history as a business professional and community volunteer with diverse management experience. He has lived and worked in the Monadnock region since 1982, and during that time he has held positions in insurance, risk management, and contract management at Peerless Insurance Company, Masiello Group, Northwestern Mutual, Markem Corporation, and Markem-Imaje Corporation.

Cameron holds a BA, Political Science, Thiel College, Greenville, Pennsylvania.

In addition to his professional career, Cameron has served on numerous community Boards, such as Cedarcrest, Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services,Monadnock Developmental Services, the Monadnock Brain Injury Steering Committee, Monadnock Family Services, the Westmoreland School Board and the Harrisville School Board. He has been the recipient of prestigious community awards such as Keene Chamber of Commerce “Citizen of the Year”, Keene Elm City Rotary Club “Paul Harris Fellow” and Dennis DiTullio “Citizen of Honor Award”. Cameron is also a graduate of Leadership NH.

Cameron states, “As Director of Resource Development at Monadnock United Way, I look forward to melding my business, personal and volunteer experiences to promote collaborative community action. My family has received much support from our community during times of need, and at this point in my life I want to focus on giving back to make a difference for others”.

Cameron resides in Harrisville, NH, and is married to Dixie Gurian.

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Katie Gardella Joins MUW Board

Katie GardellaMonadnock United Way announces the addition of Katie Gardella to their Board of Directors. Katie is Founder of Prosper Fundraising Strategies is a full-service consulting firm specializing in major gifts, board and staff development, and development planning. For over 25 years, Katie has dedicated her career to helping nonprofit organizations build capacity, train volunteers, and raise resources to fulfill their missions for the betterment of their communities.

A native of Michigan, Katie received a B.A. in history from Michigan State University. She started her nonprofit career in Washington D.C., working for the Washington National Cathedral and the National Parks Conservation Association. She then spent several years in Seattle, WA working for the Tacoma Art Museum and KPLU, a local public radio station. She moved to the Monadnock Region in 2003 and resides in Jaffrey.

An active community member, Katie has served on the board of Giving Monadnock and is currently on the board of Arts Alive. She served on the Monadnock United Way Allocations Committee for four years.

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BBBS 12th Annual Men Who Cook Benefits ActingOut

An absolutely delicious feast
prepared by the best local cooks.

Monadnock Family Services will hold its 12th annual Men Who Cook fundraiser on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Zorn Dining Commons at Keene State College. This fabulous event — which has become greatly anticipated each spring in the Monadnock Region — provides an absolutely delicious feast prepared by dozens of our very best local amateur and professional chefs.

Every year, more than 100 men participate and more than 350 community members attend. We are pleased to announce that once again our event will benefit the Monadnock Family Services’ ActingOut program, an improvisational theater program that works to build self-esteem and positive social skills in high school students.

Ticket: $25 for adults; $5 for children 10 and under.

For reservations, call Mary Delisle at 603-283-1561 or email mdelisle@mfs.org. Seating is limited.

Monadnock Family Services is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters NH State Alliance Awarded $85,500
from NH Charitable Foundation

BBBSThe Big Brothers Big Sisters New Hampshire State Alliance announced today that it was awarded $85,500 through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to support its unification efforts. This grant is made from the following funds: A. Erland and Hazel N. Goyette Memorial Fund, Bea and Woosley Conover Fund, Bill & Sheila Steele Fund, Frederick W. Cox and Dorothy Thurber Cox Memorial Fund, Monadnock Challenge Fund, Oliver J. and Dorothy Penniman Hubbard New Futures Fund, Philip & Jane Currier Fund, Piscataqua Region Community Fund, Statewide Regional Partnership Fund, Stephen W. and Lucy H. Winship Fund, Thomas W. Haas Fund, and the Vail Family Fund.

The four BBBS agencies in New Hampshire have partnered as the BBBS NH State Alliance with the goal of forming a unified organization, BBBS of New Hampshire. The unified statewide agency will retain its strong, local leadership and presence while also affording the organization a broader reach and impact, enabling BBBS to serve more children facing adversity and to expand the service area.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters New Hampshire State Alliance is comprised of the four BBBS agencies in New Hampshire: Greater Seacoast, Greater Manchester, Greater Nashua & Greater Salem, and Western New Hampshire.

According to Charles Pierson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, “the NHCF’s support of BBBS NH is enabling us to strengthen our service delivery model, expand operations and change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever.”

Collectively, the four NH BBBS agencies provide 1400 children facing adversity with a dedicated, trusted volunteer mentor. It is the stated goal of the unified agency to significantly increase the number of children served in NH. For more information about how you can make a difference in the life of a child please visit www.bbbs.org or call 603-669-5365 x201.

NHCFwww.nhcf.org or by calling 603-224-6641.

 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake 2014 Campaign!

Bowl for Kids SakeThe 2014 Bowl for Kids Sake Fundraising Campaign has begun. Fenton Family Dealerships, Liberty Mutual and C&S are Presenting Sponsors of this year’s campaign and the goal is to raise $80,000 to support mentoring programs for children facing adversity in the Monadnock Region.

On Sunday March 23, over 100 Little Brothers and Sisters will enjoy 2 hours of free bowling, pizza and soft drinks thanks to their Bigs and Yankee Lanes.

To participate in Bowl for Kids Sake, individuals form teams of four bowlers and each team member commits to raising a minimum of $100. The teams select a date to play — there are 6 dates at Yankee Lanes, 1 at Bowling Acres in Peterborough and 1 at Maple Lanes in Claremont. Each participant receives two strings of bowling, shoes, 2 drink tickets, and a t shirt. Each team receives a pizza.

Registration is simple via the BBBS web site, www.bbbswnh.org

According to BBBS Executive Director, Phil Hueber, the Bowl For Kids Sake party is a win-win for all involved “our children will enjoy a fun afternoon bowling with their Bigs, Yankee Lanes donates the event to support the fund-raising campaign expected to bring 100 teams and 500 bowlers to the Lanes in April and May, and Big Brothers Big Sisters has the opportunity to reward over 100 volunteer mentors with an enjoyable afternoon”.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. In the past year, BBBS has mentored roughly 400 children in 48 communities in the Monadnock Region and Sullivan County. BBBS is a United Way supported agency and it costs roughly $1,000 to match a child with a Big Brother or Sister and provide support throughout the length of the relationship.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western NH is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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SCS Fuel Assistance and Electric Assistance Programs Continue to Schedule Appointments

The last day for any fuel deliveries to be paid out of this program year is April 30th. The program will be closed as of May 1st and will then re-open in August/September.

The Electric Assistance Program operates year-round.

Households needing additional assistance with their heating costs (once they have received Fuel Assistance) may want to:

  • Schedule an appointment with their town office
  • Call Joe-4-Oil (Citizens Energy) to see if they can get approved for that program
  • Ask their fuel vendor about budget plans/payment plans

Households needing additional assistance with their electric costs (once they have received Electric Assistance) may want to:

  • Schedule an appointment with their town office
  • Ask their utility about a payment arrangement

If a household has not yet applied for Fuel and Electric Assistance this year OR has been denied, we encourage them to apply/re-apply. Please feel free to contact the Keene office at 352-7512 to schedule an appointment.

Thank you!

~ SCS Energy Services

Southwestern Community Services is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Harrisville Children’s Center Hosts Its 8th Annual On-Line Auction

The Harrisville Children’s Center’s 8th Annual On-Line Auction runs through Sunday, March 23, 2014. There are two ways to access the auction: www.harrisvillechildrenscenter.org or www.hccauction.org.

Harrisville Children's Center

This year’s auction will have at least 400 items, including: handmade jewelry, blankets, purses, stuffed animals and clothing; dump truck load of composted manure; house cleaning and spring cleaning services; homemade baked goods; gift certificates to local shops and restaurants; Ikea dresser; children’s CD’s; autographed children/young adult books; original watercolor painting by Harrisville artist; framed photography; photo sittings; Philips Sonicare; horseback riding lessons; admission passes to museums and places of interest throughout New England; baseball signed by Red Sox player Ryan Dempster; two Boston Bruins hockey pucks (one signed by Ryan Spooner and one by Adam McQuaid); lift tickets for the 2014-2015 ski season; theatre tickets to various performances throughout New England; two nights camping at several campgrounds; tickets for train rides, and much, much more!

Contact Linda at 603-827-3905 or email her at info@harrisvillechildrenscenter.org for more information. The Harrisville Children’s Center, a Monadnock United Way Agency, is a non-profit early learning and care center for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years old and is located in Harrisville, NH.

The Harrisville Children’s Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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HM2020 Breakfast with Champions

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Hannah Grimes Center 2014 Community After Hours

Hannah Grimes

A networking event bringing together the business and nonprofit communities hosted by Leadership New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Mark your calendars for:
Thursday, April 10, 5-7 p.m.
Hannah Grimes Center
25 Roxbury Street, Suite C, Keene

Leading a discussion highlighting the culture of volunteerism in our region will be Dick Ober, President & CEO of the NH Charitable Foundation, and Dr. Stephen Reno, Executive Director of Leadership NH.

For more informtion call 352-5063 or email info@hannahgrimes.com.

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Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center Awarded a $79,413 Grant
to Support Volunteer Activities

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center has been awarded a $79,413 grant to support volunteer activities from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS).

These funds were awarded as part of a competitive grant process for RSVP, one of three Senior Corps programs administered by CNCS. Established in 1971, RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. These volunteers have been a critical resource for meeting community and national challenges — everything from disaster response to child literacy to hunger prevention.

Monadnock RSVP Monadnock RSVP engages more than 300 older adults in meaningful service opportunities at 45 non-profit and public organizations in the Monadnock Region. Their signature programs include America Reads, a national literacy program to help children grades K-3 become proficient readers by the end of third grade, and Neighbors-In-Deed, an independent living program that helps seniors, adults with disabilities and veterans and military families stay in their homes as long as possible. Through community partnerships and RSVP programs, RSVP works to improve social living conditions and create long-term change that produces healthy, well-educated and financially stable individuals and families in our community. Monadnock RSVP is sponsored by Monadnock Family Services, a Monadnock United Way agency.

“Volunteers age 55 and over are helping to transform the lives of the people they serve,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the CNCS. “Our communities need the talents and skills of all Americans as we continue moving this nation forward. The dedication of RSVP volunteers shows that service benefits not only organizations, but those who serve as well.”

This grant is one of 175 RSVP awards provided to volunteer organizations across the country to support volunteer activities in areas including Education, Economic Opportunity, Healthy Futures, Veterans and Military Families, Disaster Services, and Environmental Stewardship.

Senior Corps is a program of the Corporation of National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than four million American of all ages and backgrounds in service each year through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Social Innovation Fund programs and leads President Obama’s call to service, United We Serve. For more information, visit nationalservice.gov.

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day

In addition to its normal work of representing low-income clients in their controversies with the Internal Revenue Service, the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Low-Income Taxpayer Project seeks to educate its target constituency about tax benefits and services available to them. A prime example of such benefits is the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), one of the federal government’s largest anti-poverty programs.

To help publicize the EITC, the IRS sets aside one day at the beginning of tax season as Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day. This year, the chosen day was January 31, 2014, and clinics and IRS offices all over the country stepped up their efforts to spread the news. These efforts are much in need; according to IRS estimates, about one-fifth of eligible taxpayers miss out on the credit entirely, often leaving thousands of dollars behind.

The EITC can offer a significant boost for low-income, working families. For example, if you’re raising three or more children and earning $15,000 per year, this refundable credit can be worth over $6000. The highest EITC payouts are reserved for those raising several children while working full-time at minimum wage jobs, but even childless taxpayers can get a few hundred dollars with this credit if they find themselves in the lowest income brackets. Likewise, families with a household income of $50,000 may still find a small credit on their return, if they’re raising three or more children.

People right here in New Hampshire have benefited enormously from the EITC. In 2013, over 78,000 residents of our state received an average of $1882 each, for a total of $147,000,000 in EITC funds for New Hampshire. For people living on the edge, this can be a lifesaver. At the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, we hear stories of families using the EITC refund to forestall eviction, get the family car back on the road, pay off medical bills, or obtain more job training.

Unfortunately, the rules for claiming the EITC are among the most complicated in the Internal Revenue Code. Because of this, it is easy to get it wrong, if you’re not an experienced tax return preparer. For this reason, the Low-Income Taxpayer Project encourages its clients to consider the services of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and AARP Foundation Tax Aide. Each of these organizations offers free tax preparation assistance by IRS-certified preparers for people with household incomes of $52,000 or less. To find the nearest site, go to www.211nh.org, click on “Find Help,” and then choose “Free Tax Assistance.”

NH Pro Bono is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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The Keene Senior Center Is An AARP Tax-Aide Location

The Keene Senior Center is one of the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide locations this year — helping low-to moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older.

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are trained to assist you in filing certain tax forms and schedules, including the Form 1040. However, the Volunteer Protection Act requires that our volunteers stay in the scope of the program. If counselors feel they do not have adequate knowledge or your return is too complex, you may need to seek another qualified counselor or paid tax assistance.

The Center is now taking reservations for tax preparation on Mondays, now through
April 14 from 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Contact the Center by calling 603-352-5037.

The Keene Senior Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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FREE Tax Preparation at The River Center

Free help is available from IRS certified tax preparers. Your clients could be eligible for tax credits designed to help people with moderate and low incomes.

To schedule an appointment, 924-6800 or email taxes@rivercenter.us.

The River Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Monadnock United Way On Cheshire TV

LIVE UNITED TVWatch Cheshire TV Channel 8 (Time Warner Cable) every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and see how our partner agencies, donors, volunteers, and corporate partners LIVE UNITED!

Can’t watch it on Wednesdays, or you are not a Time Warner subscriber, episodes are posted on the Monadnock United Way YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/monadnockunitedway).

Sound-OffAlso, on the third Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m., be sure to listen to Sound-Off with Chris Coates and Greg Parent on WKBK Radio (1290 AM of 104.1 FM) — a Monadnock United Way partner agency will be on the air discussing their agency and programs. The scheduled guest on Saturday, March 22, 2014 is Debra Vaughan from Monadnock Community Early Learning Center.

How do you LIVE UNITED? Email LiveUnited@muw.org and tell us. If your story is read on the TV show you’ll win a LIVE UNITED t-shirt!

All schedules are subject to change without notice.

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Agency/Program Wish List

AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region
Vertical locking 4-drawer file cabinet — 354-3241

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western New Hampshire
L-shaped office desk — 352-9536, ext. 106

Hundred Nights
Heat-and-eat meals, cereal, fresh fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, sugar, toilet paper, paper towels, feminine products, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, gently used warm clothing, boots, and long underwear — 352-5197

Keene Senior Center
Computers (Windows 7 or newer), new electric treadmills for the gym, craft supplies for the craft room, seasonal donations for the Center's Thrift Shop 352-5037

Monadnock Adult Care Center
Sewing machine Chris, 532-2427

Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency (MPS)
Clock radio, small safe, pillows/pillowcases, wii fit/wii sport 352-5093

Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention
Toilet paper, paper towels, household cleaning supplies (kitchen spray, bathroom cleaner, window cleaner, etc.)
352-3782

Monadnock Family Services
Three or four small couches to use in their Therapy Offices— Sandy Jones, 283-1655

Monadnock United Way
10-12 conference room chairs — Marianne, 352-4209

The River Center
Acrylic craft paint (in bright colors), copy paper, toilet paper, Kleenex, liquid hand soap refills, ground coffee, playhouse, shed, a working vacuum— 924-6800

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

Southwestern Community Services: Housing Stabilization Services
Large plastic sealable totes with lids, twin sheets, blankets , pillows and bath/hand towels; personal care items, gas cards — Cathy Thornton, 352-7512, ext. 4295

Southwestern Community Services: Energy Services
Any donations to Fuel Assistance, Electric Assistance, or Weatherization provides 100% direct assistance to clients in the form of preventing electric disconnects, providing emergency fuel deliveries, etc. — Keene, 352-7512 or
Claremont, 542-9528

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

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Monadnock United Way | 23 Center Street | Keene, New Hampshire 03431 | 603-352-4209
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