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May 2015

Mark Your Calendar:
Healthy Start 5K
Benefiting Maternal and Child Health Programs at HCS.
Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. (Registration/Packet pick-up 8-8:45 a.m.)
Place: HCS Keene, 312 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH
Cost: $25 (ages 12 & up); free for ages 11 & under.
For more information, contact Chaille Cohen
at 352-2253.
Orchard Hill Farm & Breadworks Mother's Day Brunch
Benefiting The Orchard School & Community Center.
Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., or 1:00 p.m.
Place: Orchard Hill Farmhouse, 125 Old Settlers Road, Alstead, NH
Cost: Sliding scale: $22-$40 per person
For reservations or more information, contact Sharon Symonds at 835-2495.
Lasagna Festival
The Keene Senior Center’s Annual Lasagna Festival.
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: Served promptly at 4:00 p.m.
Place: Keene Senior Center, 70 Court Street, Keene, NH
Cost: $8 for members; $9 for non-members;
$3 for children 6-12.
For more information, or to cook and bring a lasagna, contact the Senior Center at 352-5037.
Food Safety, from Farm & Garden to Preschool
Learn about the importance of food safety to the health and well-being of the children in your care.
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Place: The Orchard School & Community Center,
114 Old Settlers Way, Alstead, NH
Sign Up: Contact Sonia Keiner by May 19 at or call 603-835-2495.
The Greater Keene Chamber of Commerce
40th Annual Golf Classic

Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Place: Keene Country Club, Keene, NH
Cost: $125 per player
For sponsorship opportunities or to register, visit or call 603-352-1303.
21st Annual NH Association for
Infant Mental Health Conference

Featuring Vincent Felitti, MD, Co-principal Investigator, The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA.
Dates: Thursday, September 24 and
Friday, September 25, 2015
Place: The Mountain Club on Loon, Lincoln, NH
Registration Information Coming Soon!.
Please contact Ellyn Schreiber at 225-4153 x278 for more information or to add your name to the brochure mailing list or email list.

In This Issue:

On the AirMay on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015 will be Keene Housing.

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


Children from The Orchard School’s Early Education Program recently visited Grassy Brook Maple Products in Marlow to learn about the maple sugaring process. The artwork above is one child’s interpretation of the experience.

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Monadnock United Way, Impact Monadnock, and Others Recognized at the 17th Annual Celebration of Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals Event

Monadnock United Way was honored and recognized as an Early Learning NH Champion for fostering innovation and encouraging creative leadership within, and among the early learning community, in order improve the lives of New Hampshire’s youngest citizens, at the seventeenth annual Celebration of Early Childhood and Afterschool Professionals.

Impact Monadnock was recognized at the same event for promoting the importance of early childhood. Their recognition was for their demonstrated belief that the healthy development of children provides a strong foundation for healthy and competent adulthood, responsible citizenship, economic productivity, strong communities, and a sustainable society.

Suelaine Poling, Director of the Keene Day Care Center, received the Strengthening Families Exemplary Award for the Keene Day Care Center. This award is co-sponsored by the NH Children’s Trust and DHHS/DCYF/Child Development Bureau. Keene Day Care Center embodies the Strengthening Families approach to quality care and education in New Hampshire.

Anna Crosby from Keene Housing received her Afterschool Administrator credentials.

Also honored at the event for supporting collaboration and public/private partnerships were Senator Molly Kelly and Suelaine Poling.

There is a lot of good things happening in the Monadnock Region!

This event is put on every year by the NH Child Development Bureau of the NH Department of Health and Human Services.

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Your Money, Your Goals Equaled Success

Monadnock United Way (MUW) has collaborated with a variety of partners to help identify and address emerging issues and specific human service needs. These partners include social service providers, foundations, local government, education and the medical community. Due to the high demand of individuals wanting to become more financially stable, MUW partnered with the Consumers Financial Protection Bureau in a Your Money, Your Goals. This two-day session was held on March 31 and April 1 allowing Service Providers to learn how to train their clients on how to become more financially responsible. This program is important for all aspects of developing and facilitating an organization’s financial stability and it provides more knowledge within real world experience. MUW provided a toolkit that addressed the following:

  • Goal Setting
  • Saving Money
  • Establishing Emergency Funds
  • Tracking Money
  • Bringing Cash Flow
  • Recognition and Action
  • Access and Use Tax Refunds
  • Reducing Debt
  • Receiving and Reviewing Credit Reports
  • Fixing Credit Reports
  • Evaluating Financial Products

Attendance for this event was great with 16 individuals present at both sessions. MUW was pleased to deliver this training to so many wonderful staff. There was a lot of dialogue within the sessions as well that created a unique and engaging environment. Many attendees found this information useful for clients and it helped them find out about more resources to refer individuals to. There were many tools that were useful in teaching their clients “real life” skills. Overall the program outcome was a success and is in high demand. There will be more sessions offered later on in the year so please stay tuned for some information regarding another session.

For more information on the Your Money, Your Goals program, contact Kelly Brigham-Steiner at 603-352-4209 or

Support for this program is made possible through a grant from the Bank of America Foundation.

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Monadnock United Way Holds Appreciation Event in Peterborough

Monadnock United Way recently held an Appreciation Event for donors and volunteers from the eastern Monadnock Region at The Village at RiverMead in Peterborough.

Beth Truman, the 2015-16 General Campaign Chair was introduced, and Beth announced that Laura Gingras, VP of Philanthropy and Community Relations at Monadnock Community Hospital, will serve as her Campaign Leader for the Eastern Region.

The 2015-16 Campaign Team is starting to fall into place!


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

HCS 5KThe 3rd annual 5K Run/Walk event will be held on Saturday, May 9 at 9:00 a.m. to benefit the Healthy Starts program at Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS). The 3.1 mile course starts and finishes at HCS’s Keene office at 312 Marlboro Street. The course is a mostly flat loop through residential areas and the bike path—suitable for all levels of runners and walkers. All ages are encouraged and strollers are permitted, but please leave dogs at home.

The Healthy Starts program at HCS strives to improve the health and stability of young families. The program connects them with prenatal care, safety-net services, and ongoing parenting education. Services are available throughout southwestern New Hampshire.

For information about participating in the 5K, volunteering at the event, or corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact Chaille Cohen at 352-2253 or Register online at or print out an entry form to mail in. And “Like” the HCS Healthy Start 5K on Facebook!

HCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency with offices in Keene, Peterborough, and Charlestown.

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Lasagna Festival at Keene Senior Center

Go to the Keene Senior Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015 for the Senior Center’s annual Lasagna Festival. Dinner will be served promptly at 4:00 p.m. Only 100 tickets will be sold, so do not miss out on this opportunity to sample a variety of lasagna. Price: $8 for members, $9 for non-members, and $3 for children ages 6-12.

The Senior Center is seeking lasagna and dessert donations. One free ticket will be given to those who cook and bring a lasagna.

Keene Senior Center is located at 70 Court Street, in Keene. Call 603-352-5037 for tickets or more information.

The Keene Senior Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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New Hampshire Legal Assistance to the Rescue

A 76-year-old woman from Hinsdale called the New Hampshire Legal Assistance office this past winter when her husband found a subpoena in the snow outside their house, announcing a lawsuit against her because of unpaid credit card debt. She owed more than $15,000, which is about half of what the couple receives each year from social security and their small pensions.

She had been scammed in 2009, and lost everything in her checking account. She and her husband live on a fixed social security income. During the process of paying back her creditors, the credit card company changed the name on the bills. When she saw the new name, she believed it was another scam, so she stopped paying. So, eventually, the subpoena came.

She called a local organization in Keene that helps older people with medical care and they referred her to NHLA. Since she canít drive long distances, Cheryl Steinberg, director of the Senior Law Project, handled the case over the phone. Cheryl contacted the attorney for the credit company, and negotiated a settlement that forgave the woman’s entire debt. The woman was able to continue working to get her finances back on track, and says she doesn’t know what she could possibly have done without Cheryl, whom she never even met.

New Hampshire Legal Assistance is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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SCS Energy Services

SCS Fuel Assistance closed as of April 30. Households are encouraged to contact the Fuel Assistance Program in the month of August to begin scheduling appointments for the next heating season.

SCS Electric Assistance continues to schedule appointments and take applications year-round. If you are working with any households who are not currently receiving a discount on their electric bill but you think they may be eligible, please encourage them to contact SCS to schedule an appointment.

SCS Neighbor Helping Neighbor is open year-round as well. If you are working with any households that did not qualify for Fuel Assistance this year but are facing a disconnect notice, please encourage them to contact SCS to schedule an appointment.

Please feel free to explore the SCS website: for information on all of our departments and programs. In addition to the Energy Services department, we have family and elderly housing in several towns throughout Cheshire and Sullivan Counties through SCS Housing. We have the WIC department which offers vouchers, breastfeeding counseling, and nutritional education through WIC as well as commodity foods for elderly households with low income. We have the Housing Stabilization department which operates emergency shelters, tenancy workshops, life skills workshops, and homeless outreach, among other things. Our Energy Conservation department offers weatherization services. We have Head Start centers in several communities. Check out our website!

Thank you and Happy Spring to all of our partner agencies and programs!

SCS Fuel Assistance Team

SCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Top Essential Service Destinations for CVTC Volunteer Driver Program for 2014

Contoocook Valley Transportation Company 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 (

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 (June 2015) is Monday, May 18, 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.

Community Kitchen
Large commercial kitchen cooking pots; 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

WishingMonadnock Humane Society
Clay litter (clumping & non-clumping); large bath towels; Kongs and other sturdy dog toys; cat toys; gift cards from local stores; cardboard scratching posts (new); dry pet food (unopened); canned dog food; wood pellets; peanut butter — 352-9011

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/comforters; pre-paid gas cards; warm socks; rain jackets; diapers; feminine hygiene products — Laurie 719-4290

Winchester Learning Center
20 Pillow cases; bean bag chairs; a shelf for preschool; wooden blocks; bean bags to toss; corn starch; Legos; sand toys; toy trucks for outside (Tonka) — 239-7347

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