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The U Review
May 2014 U Review
May 2014

Mark Your Calendar:
Hospice at HCS Mother’s Day Tea Support Group
A Mother’s Day Tea for those who have lost their mother.
Date: May 7, 2014
Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Place: The Garden Café at HCS, 312 Marlboro Street,
Keene, NH.
FREE, but registration is required.
For more information or to register, call Anne Palmer at 603-352-2253.
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): May, 7, 8, 9 & 14, 15, 16 in Keene; May 22 in Peterborough (see details under ‘Place’)
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (at all locations)
Place: 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.
Registration is simple via the BBBS web site,
The Keene Senior Center Lasagna Festival
Enjoy a variety of lasagna, tossed salad, garlic bread, cookies and ice cream.
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: The Keene Senior Center, 70 Court Street, NH.
Cost: $10 for anyone over 12; $8 for Keene Senior Center members and seniors over 65; $6 for children 12 and under.
For more information, call 603-352-5037.
The Orchard School 25th Annual May Festival
Featuring the Gourmet Morris Dancers Tour.
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Place: The Orchard School, 114 Old Settlers Road,
East Alstead, NH.
For more information, call 603-835-2495 or email
MFS Men Who Cook Jaffrey
Benefitting MFS Monadnock Adult Care Center.
Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Shattuck Golf Club, 53 Dublin Road, Jaffrey, NH.
Cost: $25 for adults; $5 for children 10 & under
For reservations, call Lucy Shonk at 603-283-1568 or email
Hospice at HCS Spring Volunteer Training
Date(s): Every Wednesday, May 21 through July 2, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Place: Congregational Church, Charlestown, NH.
FREE, but registration is required.
For more information or to register, call Lorraine Bishop at 603-352-2253 or email
Conversation Café: Preparing for a Good End of Life
Date: Wednesday, May 28 (and every last Wednesday of the month)
Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Place: HCS, 312 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH.
FREE, but registration is required.
For more information or to register, call 603-352-2253.
Healthy Monadnock Breakfast with Champions
Supporting Mothers in the Workplace.
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Place: Keene State College Alumni Center, 229 Main Street,
Keene, NH.
RSVP online at or contact Kelsey Plifka at 603-354-5454 ext 2322 or email
HCS Healthy Start 5K
Benefitting the Maternal and Child Health Program at HCS.
Date: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. (registration opens at 7:30 a.m.)
Place: HCS, 312 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH.
Cost: $20
For more information, email Marilyn Shriver at, or register online at
Monadnock Humane Society 26th Annual
Walk for Animals

Benefitting Monadnock Humane Society.
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (registration opens at 9:00 a.m.)
Place: Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport, Swanzey, NH.
For more information, email
UPS Touch-a-Truck/Car Show
Benefitting Monadnock Family Services.
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Place: Market Basket, Rt. 10 Swanzey, NH.
For more information, email Natalie at
Miracles in Motion Volunteer Training
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Place: 118 Wyman Road, Keene, NH.
For more information, email

In This Issue:

On the AirMarch on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2014 will be
NH Pro Bono

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

MFS Men Who Cook, Jaffrey

Margaritas Noche Mexican benefitting MUW

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SCS Energy Services Continues to Schedule Appointments for Electric Assistance and Neighbor Helping Neighbor

SCS Energy Services will continue to schedule appointments for Electric Assistance and Neighbor Helping Neighbor throughout the months of May, June, and July. We will also be using this time to prepare for the next Fuel Assistance season. Please feel free to call the Keene office with any questions you may have: 352-7512.

Be sure to check out our website for information about our energy programs as well as other programs available through Southwestern Community Services!

Wishing everyone a happy spring,

~ SCS Energy Services Team

Southwestern Community Services is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Refrigeration Problems at The Community Kitchen on a Large Scale!

I’m sure when you say you’re having problems with your freezer at home it’s a headache but when The Community Kitchen is having problems with a freezer, the pain is slightly larger… their freezer is10 feet x 20 feet!

One solution to their current problem is to convert the troublesome walk-in freezer into a trouble free walk-in cooler and put a brand new freezer outside the back of the building, easy right? The Community Kitchen has consulted with both building and refrigeration contractors about the plans. They are working toward getting the necessary permits and are also really excited about the potential for the improvement in food storage and ease of access with all their refrigeration being on the ground floor.

In March of this year The Community Kitchen served 1,896 families through their Pantry Program and their ability to accept and store large amounts of frozen and refrigerated food helps them do this. However, the perennial stumbling block is MONEY! They have raised nearly half of the $73,000 needed for the project but are desperate to get the work started!

The Community Kitchen is looking for any United Way partners or supporters who can help them with this project. Any and all donations will be gratefully received and can be sent to The Community Kitchen at 37 Mechanic Street, PO Box 1315, Keene or delivered to the Kitchen where an impromptu celebration might be held! Donations will be recognized with a plaque on the outside of the new freezer to show the world that the community truly helps and supports The Community Kitchen.

The Community Kitchen is a Monadnock United Way Agency

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Hospice at HCS Offers Mother’s Day Tea Support Group

Hospice at HCS invites those who have lost their mother to a Mother’s Day Tea. Join them on Wednesday, May 7 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at The Garden Café at HCS, 312 Marlboro Street in Keene to share memories of your mothers and their impact on your lives.

There is no charge to participate, but registration is necessary. Call Lynn Anne Palmer at 352-2253 for more information or to register.

Spring Hospice Volunteer Training

Hospice at HCS is offering a volunteer training program starting in May for those who are interested in becoming volunteers. The training will begin on May 21 and continue on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. through July 2. Training will be held in the Pine Room at the Congregational Church in Charlestown.

Volunteers are members of the hospice care team, providing support to the patient and to family members. After completing the training, volunteers assist hospice patients with interests such as writing letters, reading, playing board games, scrap booking, or may accompany a patient to a community event or to visit friends; volunteers also provide respite to family members. Hospice volunteers are especially needed during the day, but time can be very flexible and work around employment and travel commitments.

The training program is offered free of charge, but class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Lorraine Bishop, Hospice at HCS Volunteer Coordinator at 352-2253 or

Conversation Café: Preparing for a Good End of Life

How we want to spend the end of our life represents the most important conversation many people never have. Thinking about something either expected or unexpected happening to us or someone we care about is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind. The Conversation Café is where these discussions can take place. Most people say that they would like to stay at home at the end of their life, but 80% die in hospitals or nursing homes. The Conversation Café puts families at the center of the conversation about what is a good end of life. The Conversation Café will be an opportunity for family members to gather information and begin the conversation.

Jennifer McCalley, MSW, a palliative care social worker with Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS) will facilitate the exploration of this very human conversation as people consider what they want, both in life and during its closure.

The next Conversation Café: Preparing for a Good End of Life will be Wednesday, May 28 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services. Refreshments will be available.

Conversation Cafés will take place on the last Wednesday of every month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at HCS, 312 Marlboro Street in Keene. Reservations are necessary, and can be made by calling 352-2253.

Hospice at HCS is a comprehensive non-profit hospice program, providing end of life care to patients and support to family members. Care is offered in the home, in assisted living facilities or in nursing homes throughout southwestern New Hampshire.

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Healthy Start 5K to Benefit Maternal and Child Health Programs at HCS

You can walk, you can run, but please don’t skip the Second Annual Healthy Start 5K to benefit the Maternal and Child Health Program of Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services on Saturday, June 14, 2014.  The race begins and ends at the HCS headquarters in Keene at 312 Marlboro Street.

Event Details:
7:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In Opens
8:30 a.m. 5K Event begins!

$20 Registration online through June 11, 2014. Participants may also register in person on June 14 from 7:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.

Free T-shirts for all participants who register by May 30, 2014! Prizes for First Place finishers in all age groups.

Register online at You can also download a printable registration form.

For more information, contact Marilyn Shriver at 352-2253 or

Dogs are not allowed at this event. Please do not bring your dog. Thank you!

HCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Lasagna Festival at The Keene Senior Center!

LasagnaJoin the Keene Senior Center on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. for a night of fine food and fine company. The Senior Center is putting on a lasagna dinner with a variety of lasagna to choose from, tossed salad, garlic bread, cookies and ice cream.

This is a community event that is open to members, family, the public, and especially the newly graduated class from Keene State College. It promises to be a night of connection, community, and cuisine.

Tickets are on sale now at the front office of the Keene Senior Center. Prices: $10 public, $8 Keene Senior Center members and seniors over 65, $6 children 12 and under. Call 603-352-5037 for more information.

The Keene Senior Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Healthy Monadnock Breakfast with Champions

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Raises $21,000 for MCVP!

You did it! You stepped out and walked the walk, while talking the talk, all to end sexual violence here in the Monadnock Region!

This year’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes®: The International Men’s March to End Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence had walkers of all ages stepping out on Saturday, April 19th to say NO MORE to domestic & sexual violence and raise funds in support of MCVP’s free & confidential support services and prevention education programs.

Top prizes included a 3-hour limo ride courtesy of Adventure Limo for ‘Chihuahuas Against Violence,’ the top fundraising team with a combined total of $780! Top fundraising individual prize of Red Sox v. Blue Jays tickets, courtesy of Bill Hutwelker-Masiello Real Estate, went to Bill Fenton (second year in a row!), with an outstanding fundraising total of $3,010!!! Special prizes for Keene State College included a gift card grab bag for the top fundraising team, Mentors in Violence Prevention, who raised an impressive $655, and Phi Sigma Sigma, the largest team registered, won a bowling package for up to 25!

Through the combined efforts of an active student committee at Keene State and more than 250 community members involved in raising awareness and fundraising, MCVP raised $21,000! Wow! But we still have a little ways more to reach our goal of $25,000. You can still visit and donate to someone you know who walked on 4/19.

We say NO MORE because 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before age 18. Be a part of helping break the cycle of violence here in the Monadnock Region! We look forward to seeing you at WAM 2015!

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

The Griffin Family walked a mile in her shoes!

MCVP is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Double Up Vegie Bucks

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Subaru Share the Love Raises $8,916 for The Community Kitchen

Subaru Share the Love

Pictured are Bill Fenton, President of Fenton Family Dealerships, Mike Perry, GM of Subaru of Keene, Mike Hutchings of Subaru and Phoebe Bray, Executive Director of The Community Kitchen. Phoebe is receiving a check for $8,916.63 as part of the Subaru Share the Love Event. People buying a new Subaru can direct $250 toward the charity of their choice.

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Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center / America Reads Program
Receives 800 Books from C&S Wholesale Grocers and First Books!

Monadnock RSVP and C&S

If you were anywhere near the Summit Road entrance to the C&S facility in West Keene on Friday afternoon, April 11th, you witnessed first hand how much fun we had when we picked up the 800 books C&S Wholesale Grocers donated to our America Reads program through First Books!

Monadnock RSVP staff picked up cases of age appropriate books to pass along to our wonderful America Reads volunteers for distribution to children in grades K-3 throughout the community via their local classrooms.  We have a “book distribution” event planned for our volunteers on May 8th and 9th so these great books will get into the hands of the children they work with as soon as possible.

We are beyond grateful to C&S for their generosity and caring in support of this project.  Thank you from all of us here at Monadnock RSVP on behalf of the volunteers and children who will benefit from your amazing gift!

Mary Delisle
Program Coordinator
Monadnock RSVP / America Reads

Monadnock RSVP is a Monadnock United Way program.

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Conserv-Tech, LLC: Conserving Resources, Helping the Planet

Many people look for an environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted computers and electronic equipment.
Conserv-Tech, LLC is a family owned business specializing in the deconstruction and disposal of computers and electronics.

We offer FREE* pick up and disposal of any:

  • Computers
  • Printers
  • Fax machines
  • Phone/phone systems
  • Batteries
  • LCD monitors
  • Key boards
  • Mice
  • Any electronics

All products are deconstructed in Francestown, then the parts are sent to other NH based companies for final processing i.e. grinding, melting, shedding.

All hard drives are shredded. Federal Certificates of shredding of hard drives is available. Nothing is ever shipped over seas!

This is a FREE way to clean out your unwanted equipment and help save the planet’s resources.

Call Dorothy at 603-867-6598 or email to set up a free pick up.

*CRT monitors have a $5 per monitor charge.
*TV charge.

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Monadnock Humane Society

Monadnock Humane Society’s 26th Annual Walk for Animals to be Held on June 21st

Business Sponsors are needed. Companies are encouraged to form teams!

Monadnock Humane Society (MHS) is pleased to announce the 26th Annual Walk for Animals will once again be held at the Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on Saturday, June 21st from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (Walker registration opens at 9:00 a.m.), rain or shine. This is MHS’s s biggest and most important fundraiser of the year. MHS needs business sponsors to support the Walk with either a cash or in-kind sponsorship. Employees can also form a team and support the Walk as participants.

The Walk itself will conclude by noon with a picnic lunch, music by CJ the DJ, and an awards ceremony with prizes for the top fundraisers in adult, youth, and team categories. The public is welcome to join the festivities.

All proceeds from the Walk for Animals go directly to the care of our homeless animals. Participation in the Walk for Animals — as an individual walker, part of a team, or as a volunteer — will make a difference in the lives of thousands of animals as well as the people in our community. Individual and Team Walkers and their sponsors are encouraged to check with companies they work for about matching gift programs. Matching gifts count towards the fundraising total! If you can’t be present at the event, you can still make a difference!

Sponsor a team or a walker, mail in a contribution directly to MHS, 101 West Swanzey Road, Swanzey, NH 03446, or go to and make a donation online to the MHS Walk for Animals fundraising page. For more information on the Walk visit:

VOLUNTEERS are needed. Please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Margaret Atkinson ( or 603.352.9011, ext 147), to find out what you can do to help before, during and after the event.

MHS is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit humane organization with a mission to foster a compassionate community by promoting and providing for the well-being of animals. MHS receives no state or federal funding, and relies solely on the generosity of the community. MHS has been serving the community since 1875, and currently serves 43 Monadnock towns and cities.

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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 (

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 107.5 FM) — a Monadnock United Way partner agency will be on the air discussing their agency and programs. The scheduled guest on Saturday, May 17, 2014 is Cheshire Housing Trust.

How do you LIVE UNITED? Email 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

The Community Kitchen
Any non-perishable food items and people willing to be a “Guest Chef” for a day — 352-3200

Contoocook Valley Transportation Company (CVTC)
Volunteer Drivers in the eastern Monadnock Region to provide trips to medical appointments and
other basic need services — Marsha 1-877-428-2882, ext. 5

Hundred Nights
Tents and sleeping bags, a working vacuum cleaner, 60-watt light bulbs, heat-and-eat meals, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, sugar, toilet paper, paper towels, feminine products, razors, shaving cream — 352-5197

Keene Family YMCA
Set of file cabinets — 352-6002

Keene Senior Center
Lockable filing cabinet with key, and/or safe, 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

Men’s sneakers (sizes 8-10), new (and rugged) daypacks for hikes, new adult-sized kayaks (6), twin size sheet sets
(15 sets), fishing tackle, new basketballs, softballs and fielder mitts, batting helmets, small to large (8), art supplies,
bike repair — 744-6131

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
Plastic storage totes, under-bed size NEW, unused underwear, socks and bras for women (all sizes) — 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 Orchard School
Two 20 inch monitors, PLUS one PC with the following specs: CPU: Dual Core; RAM: 4 GB;Hard Drive: 80 GB or more, dependent on file size, requires minimum 10 GB free space; Windows 7 Professional Edition SP1 (64-bit) — 835-2495

The River Center
Acrylic craft paint (in bright colors), copy paper, toilet paper, Kleenex, ground coffee, playhouse, storage shed, bedding plants for our gardens — 924-6800

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

WishingSouthwestern Community Services: Housing Stabilization Services
Garden tools and seedlings for gardens, 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

Please send your Wish List updates and additions to Wish List items that have not been confirmed or updated will be purged every quarter (January, April, July, and October), so please keep your items current.

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