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The U Review
March 2015

Mark Your Calendar:

It’s Your Money... Be Savvy
Presented by Keene Senior Center and The Community Kitchen. A series of workshops to assist those over 50 to become smarter about managing their money.
Date(s): Mondays, March 9 & 23, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.- -7:30 p.m.
Place: Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St., Keene, NH
Cost: Free, but attendance is limited to 20 people who have low- to moderate-income (less than $34,450 for individual, $45,050 for 2-person family), and who are over 50.
For more information, contact the Keene Senior Center at 603-352-5037.
St. Patrick’s Day Lunch at the Keene Senior Center
Enjoy lunch and live entertainment provided by the Senior Swingers.
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
(Snow Date: Sunday, March 15 at 12:00 p.m.)
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St., Keene, NH
Cost: $8.00 (members); $9.00 (non-members); $4 (children 5-12 years)
Only 100 tickets will be sold. For reservations or more information, call 603-352-5037.
Men Who Cook
Benefitting MFS ActingOut Program.
Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Zorn Dining Commons, Keene State College,
Keene, NH
Cost: $25.00 (adults); $7.00 (children 10 & under)
Seating is limited. For reservations or more information, contact Mary Delisle at 283-1568 or
4th Annual Masquerade Ball
Benefitting Hundred Nights. Masks and costumes are encouraged, but not required.
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Place: Keene Country Club, 55 West Hill Road, Keene, NH
Cost: $50.00 per person
For more information, call Mindy at 352-5197.
Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
Spring Social & Raffle

Enjoy an open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and live music by the Tom Foolery band!
Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Place: Keene Country Club, 55 West Hill Road, Keene, NH
Cost: $125.00 (Includes admission for TWO and one chance to win!)
Only 500 tickets will be sold; 12 prizes will be awarded, top prize is $7,500.  Winners need not be present to win. For more information or to purchase tickets call the GKCC at 352-1303.

In This Issue:

On the AirMarch on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2015 will be Monadnock Family Services.

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

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Keene High Needs Host Families
for the 88th New England Music Festival on March 19, 20, and 21

The Keene High School Music Program needs host families to house students for the 88th New England Music Festival on March 19, 20, and 21, 2015. The commitment includes two night of lodging, two breakfasts, and one dinner as well as transportation to and from Keene High School.

Over 460 students from all 6 New England states to perform in concert on Saturday, March 21, 2015. These students have auditioned for their seats in the orchestra, band or chorus.

If you are interested in hosting students for the two nights, contact Susan Newcomer at for more information, or visit

Link to Host Family Sign-Up Form:

Link to Background Review Consent Form:

Marjorie Droppa, PhD Joins Monadnock United Way as Interim Program Director for New Early Childhood Development Initiative

Marjorie Droppa, PhD, has been hired as the Interim Program Director for a new Collective Impact initiative focusing on early childhood development in the Monadnock Region. Recently, Impact Monadnock, a local non-profit organization, chose Monadnock United Way (MUW) in partnership with Spark NH to lead this new initiative. 

Marjorie Droppa PhDDr. Droppa will work closely with MUW and Spark NH to build a coalition of support in the community. Her initial priorities will be establishing an infrastructure to provide leadership, funding and resources, and creating an action plan that can sustain the long-term viability of the early childhood initiative. The initiative targets all children in the region from birth to age 5 and their families. Funding for this initiative is provided through grants secured by Impact Monadnock.

Dr. Droppa is a former Assistant Professor of Health Science at Keene State College specializing in health promotion and community health. She has research expertise and scholarly publications in the health and wellness fields and developed a new survey tool to assess risky health behaviors among young adults. Prior to Keene State College, Dr. Droppa was a faculty member at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC); an Assistant Director of Wellness Programming at TAMUCC; and a newspaper journalist in the UK, the Persian Gulf and the US. Dr Droppa moved to Keene in 2010 and has been involved in a variety of community organizations including the Keene Family YMCA, Healthy Monadnock 2020, and the Keene Board of Education.

For more information, to share ideas, or to schedule a visit from Dr. Droppa to talk about the early childhood initiative, please email her at or call 603-352-4209.

About Spark NH
Spark NH is an early childhood advisory council created to promote a comprehensive system of early childhood programs and services in New Hampshire. Spark NH is dedicated to improving the lives of young children and their families. Spark NH’s Mission is to provide leadership that promotes a comprehensive, coordinated, sustainable early childhood system that achieves positive outcomes for young children and families, investing in a solid future for the Granite state. For more information on Spark NH, visit

About Impact Monadnock
Impact Monadnock, a local non-profit organization focused on using a Collective Impact approach to achieve meaningful and sustainable social change in the Monadnock Region. For more information on Impact Monadnock, visit

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Men Who Cook Benefiting MFS ActingOut Program

Men Who Cook

Monadnock Family Services is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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St. Patrick's Lunch at the Keene Senior Center

St. Patrick's Day Lunch

The Keene Senior Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Schedule Your Tax Preparation Meeting at The River Center

You could be eligible for Tax Credits designed to help people with moderate and low incomes! Allow one of the IRS certified Tax Preparers at The River Center to help you!

Schedule your tax preparation meeting at The River Center, 46 Concord Street, in Peterborough, NH, or call 603-924-6800.

Money Matters is made possible by support from: The River Center, IRS, The Cash Coalition of New Hampshire, NH Charitable Foundation and individual volunteers from our communities. The River Center is an IRS sponsored VITA Site.

The River Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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4th Annual Masquerade Ball Benefitting Hundred Nights

Hundred Nights, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Masquerade Ball is taking place on March 28, 2015! If you have never been, the Ball is a fabulous event that features local band Murphy’s Blues. Put on your dancing shoes and join in the fun!

Murphy's BluesThe event will be held this year at the Keene Country Club, located at 55 West Hill Road, in Keene. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. An array of delectable hors d’oeuvres, savory and sweet, will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Masks and costumes are encouraged, but not required! Tickets are $50 per person, and are available at the door that evening or ahead of time at Prime Roast Coffee on Main Street, Toadstool Bookstore at the Colony Mill, or Brewbaker’s Café on Main Street, all in Keene.

All proceeds will benefit the Cold Weather Shelter, Open Doors Resource Center and the Be Well Free Medical Clinic of Hundred Nights Inc., which is dedicated to providing a warm and safe space to anyone in need, during the day and overnight. The Shelter opened this year on December 1st, as this winter has been a particularly cold one. People experiencing homelessness have a much higher risk than the general population of developing exposure related conditions such as hypothermia and frostbite, due to many factors including inadequate clothing, malnutrition and underlying infection, lack of fitness and fatigue. To help keep people well, medical professionals from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center volunteer their time at the Be Well Clinic on Monday evenings—check in is between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m., appointments are between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. to anyone who is uninsured or homeless.

Join Hundred Nights on March 28, 2015 for the 4th Annual Masquerade Ball. Please help keep their doors open! For more information please call Mindy Cambiar at 352-5197.

Hundred Nights, Inc. is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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New Hampshire Agencies of Big Brothers Big Sisters Merge

CEO Kevin Fusco to Oversee One Consolidated Agency

Portsmouth, NH- Feb 10, 2015: The four New Hampshire regional offices of Big Brothers Big Sisters recently announced their consolidation to form one state-wide agency—Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire (BBBSNH).

This agency currently serves more than 1400 children in six counties across the state. In addition to sharing strategies and best practices for establishing successful mentoring relationships to all children who need and want them, the merged agency is:

  • A stronger, unified voice to better advocate for youth facing adversity throughout the Granite State.
  • A more significant presence with greater leverage to attract funding.
  • One agency with greater operational efficiencies through shared resources and cost management strategies.
  • Spearheaded by Kevin Fusco, Chief Executive Officer.
  • Served by a single Board of Directors and supported by the Advisory Boards of each region.

“We often hear it said that the children are our future and Big Brothers Big Sisters has dedicated itself to helping children realize their potential in order to achieve success and bring about the brightest possible future,” says Fusco. “I cannot express the honor and privilege it is to be chosen to lead that noble effort throughout New Hampshire.

“I look forward to working with our devoted team of professionals, committed volunteers, enthusiastic supporters, partners and advisors to reach each and every child in this great State who will benefit from a BBBS mentor. We are all onto something BIG!”

It costs Big Brothers Big Sisters $1,200 to provide a child with a caring mentor and to support each match relationship. The new BBBSNH merger will create greater financial sustainability while strengthening the ability to help more New Hampshire children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships.

“The board members and staff are excited about the merger and the new opportunities it will bring,” says Theresa Moccio, Director of Development. “We have great leadership in place with Kevin starting and dedicated staff and board members to focus on the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters New Hampshire

Main Headquarters:
25 Lowell Street, Manchester, NH 03101 (603) 669-5365,

With regional offices in:
Nashua: (603) 883-4851
Seacoast: (603) 430-1140
Western New Hampshire (Keene and Claremont): (603) 352-9536

BBBSNH Mission: To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

BBBSNH is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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SCS Energy Services

The SCS Fuel Assistance Program continues to schedule appointments for any households within Cheshire or Sullivan County needing assistance with their fuel costs. Please note that the program closes as of April 30th, 2015.

If you know of any households (friends, family, co-workers, etc.) that are struggling right now, please refer them to the main phone number for SCS: 603-352-7512 so that we can get them in prior to April 30th.

If someone is unable to come in, they can write a statement allowing someone else to complete their appointment for them. If they applied previously and were denied, they can try again—particularly if their income has changed.

The SCS Electric Assistance Program operates year-round so there is not the same kind of “time crunch” that there is with Fuel Assistance.

Please help us get the word out that we are still scheduling appointments!

Thank you and stay warm,
SCS Fuel Assistance Team

SCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Contoocook Valley Transportation Company (CVTC) Announces Board Changes

The CVTC Board of Directors welcomes Jason Nero (right in photo) and Jordan Volikas. Jason is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and lives in Jaffrey with his wife and three children. Jordan, our new Treasurer, is a Staff Accountant at Monadnock Community Hospital and lives in Keene with his fiancée.

Sam Lafortune (left in photo) moves up from Vice Chair to Board Chair. Living in Rindge, Sam has been active with CVTC since 2006 and works as Program Coordinator for All R Kids (ARK) Supervised Visitation Program at Monadnock Family Services in Jaffrey. Ken Geraghty is the new Vice Chair after serving five years as Board Chair. He is the owner of the Grand View Estate and Mead Brook Equestrian Center in Jaffrey. Matt Waitkins has been on the Board since 2009 and is the new Secretary, after serving as Treasurer. He lives in Peterborough and is a Transportation Planner with the Nashua Regional Planning Commission.

The Board says good-bye to Nancy Barisano, CIO at Monadnock Community Hospital and thanks her for her service.

CVTC 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 are held at the Keene Senior Center, a light supper will be served. 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.

Upcoming Workshops:

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 Community Services, Keith Thibault, Chief Development Officer; Nancy Thompson, a Real Estate professional and Senior Center Vice President board member; and 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; and 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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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 (April 2015) is Monday, March 16, 2015. Please send your updates and additions to Wish List items that have not been confirmed or updated risk being removed, so please remember to keep your items current.

Adjustable office chair and locked filing cabinet — email Denise at

Community Kitchen
Non-perishable food items in particular: canned fruit; apple sauce; canned/boxed meals; baked beans; ALL ITEMS can be dropped off at The Community Kitchen at any time — 352-3200

Hundred Nights
Hand warmers; men’s size 10, 10.5 and 11 winter work boots (gently used); electric boot dryer; postage stamps — 352-5197

Keene Senior Center
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

MCVP Crisis and Prevention Center
Plastic bins; diapers; wipes; shampoo & conditioner; deodorant; liquid body soap; pillows (new); HD laundry soap; poster board — 352-3844 ext. 204

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

WishingMonadnock Humane Society
For dogs: Kongs (a chew toy); dry & wet dog food; pill pockets; brain toys
For cats: Cat beds; dry & wet cat food; cat toys; pill pockets
General: Gift cards from local stores like Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Petco, One Stop Country Pet Supply, Horse & Buggy Feeds (to purchase pet items)

Southwestern Community Services: Housing Stabilization Services
Sturdy cots/roll away beds; new bed pillows; new or gently used bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths; new or gently used single-size sheet sets; new or gently used single-size blankets and/or comforters; pre-paid gas cards; warm socks; hats, mittens, gloves; diapers; feminine hygiene products — Laurie 719-4290

Winchester Learning Center
Area rugs; tops for our toddlers; wooden table with pull out leaves for our meeting area — 239-7347

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