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June 2015

Mark Your Calendar:
Retirement Expo: Make Your Bucket List Your Reality
This FREE event will help you invent or revisit your bucket list in your retirement years. A chance to make your dreams possible. Lunch will be provided for the first 100. Free door prizes!
Date: Saturday, June 13, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Place: Keene Recreation Center, 312 Washington Street, Keene, NH
Cost: FREE
This is a Keene Senior Center event open to seniors and their families. Call 352-5037 to preregister.
Fourth Annual Butterfly Release and Salute to Veterans
Local veterans are invited to attend and be recognized for their service.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: HCS Butterfly Park, 320 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH
For more information, visit or contact Chaille Cohen at 352-2253.
Cheshire Housing Trust’s Secret Garden Tour
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Place: Keene, NH
Cost: $12 in advance; $15 on day of tour
Tickets available at: Achille Agway in Keene, Horse & Buggy Feeds, In the Company of Flowers, People’s United Bank in Keene, Cheshire Housing Trust, Toadstool Bookshops. or call 603-352-1303.
Monadnock Humane Society 27th Annual Walk for Animals
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Place: Begins and ends at Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey, NH
For more information on being a Walk Business Sponsor, please contact Carol Laughner at 603-352-9011, ext. 115 or email, or visit the MHS
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.
The 2015 Gary Beaman Memorial Golf Tournament
Proceeds from this event go to supporting the work of the Winchester Learning Center.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Place: Northfield Golf Club in Northfield, MA
Cost: $300 per team; $75 per player
If you are interested in forming a team or sponsoring a hole please contact Roberta Royce at 603-239-7347.
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 AirJune on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 will be Monadnock Community Early Learning Center.

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

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C&S Wholesale Grocers and ES3 Kick Off Their United Way Campaigns

C&S and ES3 kicked off their United Way campaigns in May. Highlights included Agency guest speakers, and of course, an ice cream social and a cookout!

C&S is recognized by United Way Worldwide as a Global Corporate Leader.

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Monadnock United Way Welcomes Nikki Sauber to the Team

Monadnock United Way welcomes Nikki Sauber to the team as Administrative Specialist. Nikki will support the staff with administrative tasks, coordinating events, managing volunteers, and interaction with the general public.

Nikki is a recent graduate of the Master’s program in Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability at Antioch University New England. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Bridgewater State University.

Nikki has over 6 years of experience in community-based work with both the business and nonprofit sectors including the Monadnock Time Exchange, a regional nonprofit dedicated to coordinating the exchange of skills and services between community members, where she is a founding member and currently serving as Board Secretary. She is also on the Steering Committee of the Monadnock Community Solar Initiative and is actively organizing a weekly event series around local art and music.

When she’s not out and about in the community, Nikki loves hiking with her dog, cooking, and gardening.

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Thank You to All Those Involved in the Monadnock United Way Allocations Process

Allocator—a person with responsibility to allot or deal out or apportion

1. To set apart for a special purpose; designate
2. To distribute according to a plan; allot

This year 35 volunteer allocators, and facilitators of the allocations process dedicated over 2000 hours of their time to designating funds to the human service organizations that serve the needs of the Monadnock Region. They assessed need, reviewed impact and results, and justified effective use of campaign dollars through review of applications, questions and answer opportunities, site visits and deliberations. Gone are the days of paper review. Improved systems for reviewing and completing reports are now being done on-line. However, the ability to build a relationship with fellow team members—and to better understand from a heart and head perspective the wonderful services available in the Monadnock Region remains. In the past few years, Monadnock United Way has made many changes to the allocations process, but we continue to hold near and dear the role of the allocator.


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The HCS 4th Annual Butterfly Release

Butterfly ReleaseThe Fourth Annual Butterfly Release in Butterfly Park, located next to Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS) will be held on Friday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m. at 320 Marlboro Street in Keene. Local veterans are invited to attend and be recognized for their service.

This event is open to the public and all are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP for the event and reserve a butterfly to release in honor or memory of a loved one by calling Karen at 352-2253 by June 10. Donations are gratefully accepted; the first butterfly is at no charge, additional butterflies are a suggested donation of $3.00 each.

For more information, visit or contact Chaille Cohen at 352-2253.

All proceeds from the event benefit Hospice at HCS, a Monadnock United Way agency with offices in Keene, Peterborough and Charlestown.

HCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Secret Garden Tour Benefits Cheshire Housing Trust

Secret Garden Tour

Enjoy the beauty of private gardens in the Keene area and gather ideas for your own garden spaces on this annual tour to benefit Cheshire Housing Trust from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 20. Tickets are available for $12 in advance at Achille Agway, Horse & Buggy Feeds, In the Company of Flowers, People’s United Bank, Cheshire Housing Trust, Toadstool Bookshops. And don’t miss the festive free, and open to the public, Garden Fair and Plant Sale from from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Ashuelot River Park on tour day!

Anyone who has not purchased tickets for the Secret Garden Tour in advance may purchase them at the Garden Fair at the price of $15.00.

For more information, contact Cheshire Housing Trust, 68 Castle Street, Keene, call 603-357-7603 or visit

Also, Cheshire Housing Trust is holding a plant sale on Saturday, June 6, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Hampshire House at the corner of Winter and School Street (on the School Street side) in Keene.

Cheshire Housing Trust is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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The 2015 Gary Beaman Memorial Golf Tournament

Gary Beaman Memorial Golf TournamentThe 2015 Gary Beaman Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday June 27, 2015 at the Northfield Golf Club in Northfield, MA. If you are interested in forming a team or sponsoring a hole please contact Roberta Royce at 603-239-7347, or email Download a registration form at

The proceeds from this event go to supporting the work of the Winchester Learning Center, a non-profit child care, preschool and family resource center located in downtown Winchester, NH.

The Winchester Learning Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Samaritans Introduce Carmen Trafton as New Executive Director

Carmen TraftonThe Board of Directors of The Samaritans, Inc. is pleased to announce that Carmen Prandini Trafton has been appointed as The Samaritans’ new Executive Director effective May 1, 2015.

Ms. Trafton will serve as the main community spokesperson for the agency and oversee all administrative functions.

Carmen is a certified grant writer with over 20 years of experience helping non-profit organizations in many capacities. She received her B.A. from Keene State in 1995 with a Major in Mass Communication and a Minor in Journalism. She also attended The Grant Institute at Dartmouth College in 2005.

Prior to this appointment, Carmen worked as The Samaritans’ Program Coordinator and has formerly served as Grants Manager for MoCo Arts; Community Director for the NH March of Dimes; and Coordinator of Campus Activities and Community Service Programs at NH Technical Institute. She served on the Board of Directors for the Cheshire Figure Skating Club and the Keene State College Alumni Association. She completed two years of national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA, has led many Alternative Spring Breaks, and is a founding member of the North Central Neighborhood Association.

Carmen has received many honors for her work over the years including the KSC Presidents’ Community Partner Award in 2013 for her work at The Samaritans.

Carmen was born and raised in Bennington, VT and lives in Keene, NH with her husband William and their daughter Hallie. She volunteers at Keene Middle School, MoCo Arts, CFSC and St. Bernard’s Church.

About The Samaritans, Inc.
The Samaritans, Inc. is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit suicide awareness and prevention organization established in 1981. To learn more, call 603-357-5510or visit

Tha Samaritans is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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SCS Energy Services

SCS Energy Services continues to book appointments for Electric Assistance and Neighbor Helping Neighbor throughout the month of June. Anyone struggling with their electric bill can contact SCS through the Keene office at 352-7512 to schedule an appointment for Electric Assistance. This assistance comes in the form of a discount off their electric bill each month.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor is designed to assist those who do not qualify for other assistance (such as Fuel Assistance) but have a disconnect notice from their utility.

The Fuel Assistance Program is now closed for the months of June and July.

SCS Energy Services took over 4,960 applications for Fuel Assistance this year, assisted an additional 300 Monadnock Region households with Citizens Energy, enrolled another 20 households in the Senior Energy Program, has an active caseload of over 4,000 households receiving the Electric Assistance discount, and helped over 200 households prevent a disconnection through Neighbor Helping Neighbor!

Thank you to all of our partner agencies for their assistance in helping all of these households. Our partner agencies made referrals, completed landlord forms, assisted in the gathering of necessary documentation, distributed our brochures, and communicated with us on a regular basis to move applications through the process. THANK YOU!

We wish everyone a happy summer season!

SCS Energy Services Team

SCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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The Community Kitchen Concludes Their 2015 Freezer Project

The Community Kitchen is delighted to announce that their 2015 Freezer Project is complete! As many Monadnock United Way members will know, The Community Kitchen is based in a building on Mechanic Street that is at least 160 years old with all charms, character, and challenges that a building this old brings. The building is approximately 16,000 square feet and the programs make use of every square inch. There are three walk-in freezers and two walk-in coolers in the building and one of the freezers has been causing problems for over a year. Financial constraints prevented repairs being effected immediately but gradually enough money was gathered to start the project. Two members of the Board of Directors work or have connections to the construction industry and were happy to act as project managers along with Bergeron Mechanical and Bergeron Construction who did the original work on the building since it was purchased in the mid-90s.

The scope of the project was to put in a new 20´ x 12´ insulated slab and install and 20´ x 11´ 6¨ freezer, take down a 20´ x 12´ cooler, convert a 20´ x 12´ freezer into a cooler and while that was being done carry on serving a weekday evening meal and operate a food pantry for approximately 500 families… a breeze right!

With the help of all involved, not forgetting the incredible staff at the Kitchen, everything was achieved in under three weeks and the new freezer is now up and running, the offending freezer has been converted to a cooler and the pantry distribution line is flowing better than ever before. If anyone would like to come and see what has been done pop into the Community Kitchen—Phoebe will give you a tour at the drop of a hat and probably make you a cup of tea too!

The Community Kitchen 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 (July 2015) is Monday, June 15, 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

Hundred Nights
Can openers; hot and cold cups; instant hot cereal; milk and juices; soups & other heat and eat meals; snack items: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, popcorn; lunch items: tuna, mayo, mustard, lunch meat; sugar, creamer, coffee, hot chocolate; disposable razors; pants and shorts (all sizes); bath towels and wash cloths; shampoo and conditioner; deodorant; toothbrushes and toothpaste; HE laundry detergent and bleach; postage stamps; bottled water; backpacks — 352-5197

Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency
Household vacuum cleaner; electric can opener; Crayola or RoseArt markers (both thick and thin); ultra-fine markers from WalMart for creating Zentangle; large heavy-to-medium duty manual hedge trimmers; medical masks (like the kind they give you at the hospital); Avery 8460 labels (30 per sheet); toilet paper (individually wrapped rolls) — 352-5093

Plastic bins; paper towels; toilet paper; cleaning supplies; HD laundry detergent; new blankets; new pillows; stroller

Monadnock Family Services Emerals House Transitional Shelter
Standard-size couch; outdoor table (with umbrella) and chairs; 3 pair of valance curtains; stand-alone basketball hoop; 2 waiting room-like chairs — 357-4400Wishing

Monadnock 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; Gently used tents; Gently used sleeping blankets — Laurie 719-4290

Winchester Learning Center
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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