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The U Review
June 2014

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Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Presents the Ron Despres Memorial Golf Clasic
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jaffrey-Rindge Extended Day Program & the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance.
Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. Registration; 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
Place: Shattuck Golf Club, 53 Dublin Rd., Jaffrey, NH.
Cost: $100 per person (includes lunch & gift bag)
For more information or to register, email info@jaffreychamber.com.
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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 mshriver@HCSservices.org, or register online at http://hcsservices.givezooks.com/events/second-annual-healthy-start-5k.
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Monadnock Humane Society’s 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 caroll@humanecommunity.org.
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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 natalieconley@ups.com
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Miracles in Motion Volunteer Training
Date: Saturday, June 28, 2014
Place: 118 Wyman Road, Keene, NH.
For more information, email info@mimnh.org
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Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
39th Annual Golf Event

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
(deadline to register is July 14)
Time: 7:30 a.m. Registration; 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
Place:
Keene Country Club, Keene, NH.
BBQ lunch to follow the event.
Cost: $125 per player ($500 per foursome)
For more information email info@keenechamber.com or call Nancy Bishop or Julia Kowalski at 603-352-1303.

 

In This Issue:

On the AirJune on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, 2014 will be
Contoocook Valley Transportation Company
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WKBK regularly features a Monadnock United Way agency on the third Wednesday of each month.

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Double Up Veggie Bucks at the Farmers Market in Keene and WalpoleDouble Up Veggie Bucks

Every Tuesday and Saturday through October, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Gilbo Avenue Parking Lot, Downtown Keene (behind Margarita’s Restaurant)

For more information, email keenefarmersmarket@gmail.com

* In Keene: Double up to $10 of food stamp money per customer per day.

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Walpole DUVB

Every Friday through October 10, from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Walpole Common, Walpole, NH

For more information, visit walpolefarmersmarket.com

* In Walpole: Double up to $20 of food stamp money per customer per day.

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SCS Fuel and Electric Assistance Programs and Neighbor Helping Neighbor News

The SCS Fuel Assistance Program is now closed. Please contact Southwestern in late August or early September to schedule an appointment for the next heating season.

The SCS Electric Assistance Program and Neighbor Helping Neighbor continue to schedule appointments throughout the summer months. Please feel free to contact the Keene office at 603-352-7512 to schedule an appointment.

The SCS website provides information about these and other SCS programs. These programs include Homeless Prevention, Housing, WIC, Commodity Foods, Head Start, Housing Rehab, and Workforce Development, among others. Please visit the website at www.scshelps.org.

We wish everyone a safe and happy summer!

~ SCS Energy Services Staff

Southwestern Community Services is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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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.

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.

Prizes for First Place finishers in all age groups.

Register online at http://hcsservices.givezooks.com/events/second-annual-healthy-start-5k. You can also download a printable registration form. The race begins and ends at the HCS headquarters in Keene at 312 Marlboro Street.

For more information, contact Marilyn Shriver at 352-2253 or mshriver@HCSservices.org.

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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New Programs and Events at the The Keene Senior Center!

Live the Good Life…In Retirement

Keene Senior CenterSaturday, June 7, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Keene Recreation Center. This Senior Center Fair is focused on learning about resources to Live the Good Life that you want in your retirement. There will be exhibits from area businesses, services, break-out sessions and lunch, as well as samples of the many activities that take place at the Senior Center. Sign up now for this free event. Free lunch for first 100 participants. Call 352-5037 for more information.

Gold Sponsors: Hoffman Family Foundation; Peerless Insurance

Silver Sponsors: AARP New Hampshire; Monadnock Service Link; Savings Bank of Walpole; Solar Armor Hospice; The Woodward Home

Exhibitors:
Aggregate Insurance
Edward Jones Investments
Granite State Independent Living
Healthy Monadnock
Home Healthcare Hospice & Community Services
Keene Lions Club
Keene Police
The Cheshire Academy for Lifelong Learning (CALL) at Keene State
Keene Tax Assessors
Maplewood Assisted Living
Monadnock Score
Prospect Place
Sound Advice Hearing Center
Southwestern Community Services
Super Senior DeMar Marathon

The Keene Senior Center has a variety of new programs and events in June.

Programs are FREE to members, $3 for non-members unless otherwise stated. Preregistration is required, please call 352-5037.

  • Widow’s Support Group: Friday, June 13 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Caregivers Support Group: Monday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m.
  • FREE Super Seniors DeMar Marathon Program: FREE and noncompetitive for Seniors 70+.
    To register or for questions, please call 352-5037. Limited to 100 registrants.
  • Artist Workshops: Lead by local artist, Bob Seaman,
    Fridays, June 20, 27 & July 11 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Record Keeping for Federal Income Taxes: Monday, June 23 at 6:30 p.m. $2 for members,
    $5 for non-members.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor Information Session: Monday, June 23 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Paint Rage, The Art of Social Creativity: Receive step-by-step instructions and create a painting
    in about 2 hours. Tuesday, June 24 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. $25.
  • Line Dancing: Thursday, June 19 & 26 at 1:30 p.m.
  • Community Garden Club: Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

The Keene Senior Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Margaritas Hosting Noche Mexicana Fundraiser to Benefit Hundred Nights

Head to Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, 77-81 Main Street in Keene, NH on Thursday, June 19 from 4:00 p.m. to close. Margaritas will host a Noche Mexicana Fundraiser and donate 15% of pre-taxed food and beverage sales from participating families, friends and supporters to Hundred Nights Inc. Guests can choose items from any of their menus, takeout orders included.

Students, parents and community members are encouraged to eat at Margaritas and help raise funds to support the Cold Weather Shelter and Resource Center. Please share this invitation with friends, family and community members. If you have questions about this event, please contact Mindy Cambiar at 352-5197.

Please make sure to let the host or server know that you are there to support the fundraiser, so 15% of your pre-tax food and beverage purchases will be donated to Hundred Nights Inc. If you would like to reserve seating please call Margarita's at (603) 357-4492.

Hundred Nights is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Upcoming Golf Tournaments:

Golf

Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce Ron Despres Memorial Golf Classic

Place: Shattick Golf Club, 53 Dublin Road, Jaffrey, NH
Date: Friday, June 13, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m. Registration; 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
Cost: $100 per player (includes barbecue lunch and gift bag)

Putting Contest, Team Prizes, Raffle Prizes, and a Chance to Win up to $10,000!

For more information email info@jaffreychamber.com.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Jaffrey-Rindge Extended Day Program and the Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance.

Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce 39th Annual Golf Event

Place: Keene Country Club, Keene, NH
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 (deadline to register is July 14)
Time: 7:30 a.m. Registration & Breakfast; 9:00 a.m. Shotgun Start; BBQ lunch to follow the event
Cost: $125 per player ($500 per foursome)

For more information email info@keenechamber.com or call Nancy Bishop or Julia Kowalski at 603-352-1303.

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What Is the Low-Income Taxpayer Project?

The New Hampshire Bar Association’s Low-Income Taxpayer Project (LITP) is a legal aid clinic for people with IRS controversies. It’s one of dozens of clinics across the country, all administered by the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), the IRS’s internal, but independent watchdog. The clinic program fulfills one of the chief goals of TAS: to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly. Because of its organization within the Taxpayer Advocate Service, the LITP is able to represent taxpayers in their controversies against the IRS despite its IRS funding. The LITP answers to TAS, not the IRS Commissioner; TAS, in turn, answers only to Congress.

The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Program Office administers the IRS grants to the individual clinics, including the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program. Like many grant programs, it requires extensive reporting from its grantees, including detailed information about the clinics’ expenditures and sources of income. Information about their income is relevant because the IRS funding comes in the form of matching grants. Thus, each clinic must show that it was able to match the IRS funds granted, dollar for dollar.

Fortunately, part of a clinic’s match may be “in-kind” — the value of donated services or goods. Because the LITP is a project of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program, in-kind services are a natural part of this clinic’s operations. As the clinic’s staff attorney, coordinator Barbara Heggie handles many of the client’s cases herself, but the majority of them she refers to volunteer tax attorneys and accountants, thus increasing the reach of the LITP exponentially. Then, every quarter, she requests case updates from the volunteers, including a tally of hours spent on the cases; as the responses come in, she accumulates the needed in-kind, donated matching funds to keep the clinic in compliance with the terms of its grant.

Last year, the clinic tallied a total of $85,180.98 worth of time spent by volunteers — almost twice as much as what the IRS grant required for that year. In so doing, the LITP made a strong case for another year of funding. More importantly, these hours represent dozens more needy clients who were helped because of the generosity of volunteer attorneys and accountants, most of whom maintain a busy private practice, with little time to spare. We thank them and salute them for their willingness to lend their talents and spend their time serving their community.

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Thanks to C&S Wholesale Grocers, First Books and Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center / America Reads Program, 800 Books Get Distributed to K-3 Classrooms Throughout the Region!

America ReadsOn April 11, Monadnock RSVP staff picked up cases of age appropriate books at C&S in Keene to pass along to America Reads volunteers for distribution to area children in grades K-3 via their local classrooms. Volunteers selected the books for their students at a “book fair” held on May 8th and 9th. During this time volunteers reminded everyone, that for a number of children these are the first books they can call their own!

Monadnock RSVP is extremely grateful to C&S for their generosity and caring in support of this project.

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center is a program of Monadnock Family Services, 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 107.5 FM) — a Monadnock United Way partner agency will be on the air discussing their agency and programs. The scheduled guest on Saturday, June 21, 2014 is Rise...for baby and family.

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

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
Hundred Nights is holding afternoon sessions that share different skills with our guests. Volunteers are needed to help share Basic First Aid, Bicycle Repair, Computer Classes in Word and Excel, and How to Fish. To do these classes, both volunteers and supplies are needed: Fishing Equipment, Bicycle Repair Kits, First Aid supplies.
Additional needs: coffee, tea, sugar, creamer, peanut butter and jelly, and a good working vacuum cleaner — 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

Mayhew
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 gary@muw.org. 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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Monadnock United Way | 23 Center Street | Keene, New Hampshire 03431 | 603-352-4209
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