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The U Review
November 2014

Mark Your Calendar:

Healthy Monadnock 2020
Healthiest Community Summit IV

“Why Living Wages Matter to the Health of Our Community” Keynote speaker: Jeff Furman, Chairman of the Board of Ben & Jerry’s Inc.
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Place: Monadnock Covenant Church, Route 9, Keene, NH
Please RSVP to Kelsey Plifka at or 603-345-5454 ext. 2322.
Caring, Candlelight and Community: Celebrating Our Healthcare Legacy
Honoring Dr. William Moyle and Alan Stroshine; to benefit Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene Emergency Department Redesign and Renovation Project.
Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Keene Country Club, Keene NH
Cost: $100 per person
For more information, call 603-354-6810.
CVTC Annual Meeting & Recognition Dinner
Keynote Speaker: Tara Germond, Senior Planner Southwest Region Planning Commission
Date: Monday, November 17, 2014 (RSVP by November 13)
Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Place: Monadnock Community Hospital, Peterborough, NH
For more information, or to RSVP call 603-821-4081 or email
International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Event Hosted by The Samaritans and Keene State Psi Chi
Includes a screening of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s documentary, The Journey.
Date: Saturday, November 22, 2014
Time: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Place: Keene State College Rhodes Hall, Room S203
Cost: FREE and open to the public (pre-registration is helpful for planning purposes). Lunch will be provided.
For more information call 603-357-5510 or register online at
Hundred Nights Auction
A combination Silent Auction and Live Auction.
Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time: 8:15 a.m. (preview and registration); Live bidding begins at 9:00 a.m.
Place: Hellenic Hall, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, West Street, Keene, NH
To see a list of items, and to learn how to be a part of the Silent Auction, go to Hundred Nights on Lamson Street in Keene, NH.

In This Issue:

On the AirNovember on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014 will be Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services.

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


What is #GivingTuesday?

On Thanksgiving, we give thanks. On Black Friday, we get deals, On Cyber Monday, we go online. On #GivingTuesday, we give back.

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for a common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Stay tuned for more information about what Monadnock United Way has planned for #Giving Tuesday!

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Monadnock Community Early Learning Center Extends Shoe Drive Until November 15!

Monadnock Community Early Learning Center is conducting a shoe collection drive to raise funds for their Childcare Center while benefiting microenterprise ventures in developing nations and keeping old shoes out of local landfills.

You can help by dropping off gently worn, used shoes at the Monadnock Community Learning Center or at the following drop off locations in Jaffrey-—Chamber of Commerce, Belletetes, People’s United Bank, The Melamine Cup, and Soaps-N-Suds Laundromat. In Peterborough—Chamber of Commerce, La Mia Casa, Our Town Pizza, Peterborough Pizza Barn, People’s United Bank Rt 202, and the River Center.

If you, or a local organization, are interested in learning more about this opportunity or participating in the shoe drive, contact Debra Vaughan by phone at 603-532-6021 or email

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Hospice at HCS Poinsettia and Amaryllis Sale

Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services announces their 19th annual Poinsettia and Amaryllis sale to raise funds for Hospice at HCS, which provides care for the terminally ill throughout southwestern New Hampshire.

Poinsettia SaleThese beautiful, florist-quality poinsettias are available in red, pink, and white in the following sizes: 6" singles with 6 to 8 blooms ($12.95); 7" doubles with 12 to 15 blooms ($18.95); and 8" triples with 18 to 25 blooms ($28.50). Amaryllis kits are also available again this year—just $11.75 each and also available in white, red, or pink.

Please pre-order plants by November 24. Orders can be picked up at the HCS offices in Keene and Peterborough during the afternoons of Friday, December 5, and December 12, as well as at the Keene location on Saturday, December 6, and 13. The Keene office pick up location is at 312 Marlboro Street, and the Peterborough office location is at 45 Main Street, Suite 316.

To request an order form or for more information, call the HCS office at 352-2253 x126 or email To print an order form online visit

HCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day can change your life. It’s the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope.

This year’s gatherings will include a screening of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s powerful new documentary, The Journey. The Samaritans and Keene State Psi Chi will host a local gathering in KSC’s Rhodes Hall Room S203 on Saturday, November 22 from noon-4:00 p.m. The gathering is for those who have lost a friend or loved one to suicide. Lunch will be provided.Samaritans

The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is extremely helpful for planning, but walk-ins are always welcome. Please call 603-357-5510 or register online at

Samaritans is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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SCS Energy Services

SCS Energy Services continues to schedule appointments for Fuel and Electric Assistance. Please feel free to call the Keene office at 352-7512 or the Claremont office at 542-9528.

The team will ask a few questions and then mail the appointment packet. The packet will list the agreed upon day and time as well as a checklist of things to bring.

The SCS Energy Services team wishes everyone a safe and warm winter season!

Thank you,
SCS Energy Services Staff

SCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Hundred Nights Volunteer Needs

Hundred Nights is looking for volunteers to help at the Cold Weather Shelter with Intake and Overnight shifts between December 1 and the beginning of April. All volunteers are asked to attend one training session of about 2 hours. During that time the Hundred Nights staff will be going over general procedures and rules, the forms that need to be filled in each night, where people are to leave their belongings overnight, where people sleep, how to assign beds, and answer any questions you may have.

When the shelter season opens Hundred Nights hopes for a commitment from volunteers to come in once a week, once a month or once in a while—many hands make light work! A staff person will be on duty with the volunteers at all times. Here are the shifts needed to fill in a combination of ways:

6:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
9:45 p.m. to midnight
or 6:45 p.m. to midnight

11:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.
or 11:45 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Training sessions for volunteers will be held at the following days and times:
Saturdays: November 1, 15, or 29 from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays: November 4, 11, or 18 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
All training sessions will be held at Hundred Nights, 15 Lamson Street, upstairs in the conference room.

Please call Mindy at 352-5197 for more information or to sign up for a training session!

Hundred Nights Auction

Hundred Nights is pleased to announce their newest fundraiser, an Auction on December 13, 2014. The event, a combination of a silent and a live auction will take place at the Hellenic Hall at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, on West Street in Keene.

A preview and registration will open at 8:15 a.m. Live bidding will begin at 9:00 a.m. Go to Hundred Nights Cold Weather Shelter & Open Doors Resource Center ahead of time to see a list of items available, and to learn how to be part of the “silent” auction.

Hundred Nights needs people to come and bid, and volunteers to help sell food and run auction items up to the auctioneer and then to the winning bidder. Please call Mindy at 352-5197 if you are able to help in any way!!! Your help would be most appreciated!!!

Hundred Nights is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Keene Senior Center Garden Fresh Friday

Join the Keene Senior Center for nutritious and delicious lunch on Fridays! Join in the fun and help prep, cook, serve, and/or clean up after the meal. Call 352-5037 to reserve your seat, preregistration is required. Suggested donation per person: $3.00. Sponsored by the Keene Senior Center, Community Kitchen, Keene State College Nutrition Interns, and the Keene Community Garden Connection (Antioch University of New England).

Fitness Programs at the Keene Senior Center


Meet on the front porch of the Senior Center on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. to walk from the Senior Center to St. Bernard’s Church on Main Street and back (1 mile).

Instructor Lead Exercise Classes

Age in Motion 1: Mondays & Fridays 10:00 a.m.
Age in Motion 2: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:30 a.m.
Chair Yoga: Mondays at 2:00 p.m.
Qigong: Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. ($3 fee paid to the instructor each class)
Senior Shape Up: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9:00 a.m.; women only ($2 fee paid to the instructor each class)
Yoga: Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. & Thursdays 9:15 a.m.

For more information about the Keene Senior Center and any of their programs, call 603-352-5037.

Keene Senior Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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It’s Your Money… Be Savvy

Keene Senior Center and The Community Kitchen are presenting a series of workshops to assist folks over 50 to become even smarter about managing money. This effort is learn tips to be savvier about the dollar. We know that most people over 50 know how to manage their money, but often there is just enough for extras. These workshops are about making sure that we are as savvy, as we can be, about our money.

All workshops will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (or 7:30) at the Keene Senior Center, a light supper will be served, and for perfect attendance at all 6 workshops participants will be awarded a $25 Gift Certificate to Hannaford’s. The workshops are limited to 20 people, to who have low to moderate income, (less than $34,450 for an individual, $45,050 for 2 person family size), and for people who are over 50.

January 12, 2015, Budgeting—What is Need and What is Want. Taught by City of Keene, Human Services, Natalie Darcy, Case Worker, City of Keene. 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

January 26, 2015, Credit Reports—How to build good credit, How to get a credit report (on-line, mail), Why it is important, and What to do about bad credit. Taught by Savings Bank of Walpole, Martha Curtis, Vice President, Retail Administration. 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

February 9, 2015, Plastics—Debit Cards, Credit Cards, BYOL (Be Your Own Lender). Taught by Chrystal Pearson AVP, Business Banking Officer Amy Driscoll, Amy E Driscoll, Senior Personal Banker, both of Citizens Bank. 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

February 23, 2015, Consumer Credit Counseling—Taught by Clete Thomas, Certified Credit Counselor, Community Outreach Coordinator, American Consumer Credit Counseling, free service. Mr. Thomas will talk about the process of cleaning off Credit Card debt. 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

March 9, 2015, What to Do When the House or Apartment is Just Too Much!—This workshop is focused on the housing decision, and it is a panel discussion. Presenters: Mascoma Savings Bank, Annie Bilodeau, Loan Officer Southwestern Services, Keith Thibault, Chief Development Officer, Nancy Thompson, a Real Estate professional and Senior Center Vice President board member, Carol Sorterup, who recently moved from her home to private apartment.6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

March 23, 2015, When There is Just Not Enough Money—This workshop is focusing on services available seniors that help you add money to your pocket. Panel Discussion: Presenters: Service Link-SNAP Program, Jessica Seher, Director; The Community Kitchen, Phoebe Bray, Executive Director; Employment Agency, speaker TBA. 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

This program is possible with a grant from the Monadnock United Way.To satisfy the grant requirements, we will do a short pre- and post- quiz on general fiscal information.

Keene Senior Center and The Community Kitchen are Monadnock United Way Agencies.

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News From The River Center

Electronic Imaging Materials of Keene recently donated 14 employees to The River Center for a day through Monadnock United Way’s Day of Caring program. The Team weeded gardens and stacked 3 cords of wood for our community wood bank. The River Center is looking pretty good, thanks to them!

Pictured in the Photo:
Left – Top to Bottom: Veronica Norman, DeeDee Boyle, Kim Bracket, Linda Griffith, Emily Ericson, Larry Ames,
Middle – Top to Bottom: Adam Lawley, Nancy Coleman, Leila Luopa, Jason Wilder, Stacey Aldrich, Jillian Bishop
Right – Top to Bottom: Steve Duhaime, Juan Munoz

Evenings with the Experts Series Offered at The River Center

Health Insurance Night

Wednesday, Nov. 12 , 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Learn about the Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and get your questions addressed.

Button Up: A Free Weatherization Workshop

Saturday, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (lunch is included!)
Save energy! Cut costs! Button up your home! Sponsored by Monadnock Energy Resource Initiative, Mansfield Library, and The River Center.

More Joy, Less Stress

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Join our panel of local healthcare experts, and take away strategies for reducing stress and increasing joy in your life.

Call 924-6800 or email to register.

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 (

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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Wish List

The deadline for Wish List items in the next U Review is Monday, November 17, 2014. Please send your Wish List updates and additions to Wish List items that have not been confirmed or updated are purged every quarter (January, April, July, and October), so please remember to keep your items current.

Hundred Nights
Winter boots, gloves and hats; warm socks, hand and foot warmers; personal care items like razors, shaving cream, mouthwash; coffee, creamer, sugar, tea, juices; heat and eat stews, soups, butter, peanut butter and jelly 352-5197

Keene Senior Center
Seeking theme basket donations for the Center’s annual Holly Jolly Family Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 6th (examples: ice cream, art, movie night, coffee & tea, fishing tackle box, beach bag, game night, spa, grilling, gardening, tool, scrapbooking, cat, dog, cleaning products baskets); movie DVDs that Seniors would like; decaf & regular coffee; office chair in good condition; antique items (larger items OK); Windows 7 or newer computers (working or not); laminate paper or roll; sharp knives and butchers’ steel for kitchen; cotton quilting fabric — 352-5037

WishingMAPS Counseling Services
A decent used (or new) acoustic guitar — Gary at 355-2244, ext. 8104

Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency (MPS)
Nightstand; Bedside lamp; Toaster; Zentangle How-To Art Books; Ultra-Thin Markers (for Zentangle); Crochet Hooks; also for the Marla Stefflre Shelf, the following items are needed: Toilet paper; Paper towels; Tissues; Trash bags; Ziploc bags; Disposable latex and vinyl gloves; Dishwashing gloves; Toiletries such as hand lotion, shampoo and conditioner, hand sanitizer, body wash, hand soap, shaving cream; Tampons, sanitary napkins and depends; Disposable razors (female and male); Cleaning supplies; Diapers and wipes for babies — 352-5093

Monadnock Humane Society
Dry dog food; Better-quality canned dog food (IAMS, etc.) — 352-9011

Southwestern Community Services: Housing Stabilization Services
Bike racks; Washer and dryer sets; Wooden outdoor play set; Dorm size refrigerator; Industrial broom for sweeping driveways; Weed Whacker — 352-7512

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