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Volunteer Opportunities
 
There are many volunteer opportunities for people of all ages in the Monadnock area. Please give us a call if you are interested in volunteering once a week, once a month or even once a year! We’d love to talk to you: In Keene 357-6893 and in Peterborough 924-7350.

Opportunities are available in:

Education – Read to children once a week in a school setting; volunteer at a summer reading program, tutor children in math.

Healthy Futures – Visit a homebound senior citizen, assist in delivering food boxes, help prepare and serve a meal at a community kitchen.

Disaster Services – Get training to help your community in a natural disaster or health emergency. Work as part of a team to ensure that everyone is ready to deal with an emergency.
  Volunteer Opportunities assisting maintenance of parks and recreation areas.

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  Assist at a blood drive!
    
Veterans and Military Families
– Help provide transportation to veterans and their families to medical appointments.

Conservation and Land Stewardship - Monitor the Ashuelot River water system; assist with trail maintenance in our parks and recreation areas.

 
 
Volunteer Opportunities
  Neighbors Can Help Their Neighbors Stay Independent in Their Homes  - 
  Harrisville

This 89 year old woman was happily matched for a year with a RSVP volunteer who recently moved out of the area. She is seeking someone with shared interests who can help her with regular Coumadin checks and shopping. She is an accomplished artist, which has been her “way of life”. She also taught art. Other interests include reading, writing, gardening, and she enjoys kids. She was a friendly visitor herself when she lived in Massachusetts. She prefers a female.

Hinsdale

This female senior has diabetes and mobility issues because of her back and cannot walk a lot. Her home is not tidy, but she considers it reasonably clean. Transportation is her biggest need. She does not need supported assistance with shopping and errands, just needs to get there. She does not smoke and has no preference of gender. She likes anything crafty - used to knit, crochet, and make cards. She worked in several factories, both doing factory work and in administrative/accounting roles. She has a cat.

This man in his 60’s has asthma, COPD, uses O2, and can't walk very far. He is a simple man and doesn't have a lot of interests and probably wouldn't be the leader in a conversation. His greatest need is companionship and mostly to get out. He prefers a women since he is not comfortable chatting with men. He likes flea markets, puzzles, and watches TV during the day.

Keene

A younger senior in the downtown area would welcome a female volunteer who could shop with her once a week at Hannaford’s and visit with her. She suffers from mental health issues, has COPD, and has been recovering from cancer this past year. She goes to church daily and still can drive, but has a limited social network. She is a smoker, but only on her outside porch. There are no pets in the home.

A woman in her early 50’s is looking for some help with errands and grocery shopping. She lives with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and arm injuries, which tire her easily. She doesn't receive a lot of support other than Medicaid transportation for fairly frequent medical appointments. She enjoys yoga, used to play the clarinet (no longer has the stamina), opera/classical music, and used to make earrings. She is originally from New York. She prefers a female volunteer.

This 80+ woman moved to Keene this year from a rural town in the Monadnock region and she is very lonely. She is very hard of hearing and uses an adaptive device on her phone, is legally blind, and has some mobility issues that require her to use a walker. She would like a female visitor to share coffee, movies, Scrabble/UNO/games, and her love of her kittens. She may also need help with shopping and errands. After a hospital stay last June she successfully quit smoking.

A younger senior who lives alone in her apartment where she has lived over 35 years would welcome help with shopping and errands. She has many stops: Price Chopper, Walmart, library, Aldi’s, Dollar Store, Keene Senior Center, the Salvation Army thrift store and more. She has some general health issues and suffers from depression. She used to love camping, fishing, and boating. She gets along best with male volunteers and would require a vehicle that is low to the ground.

At age 59, this woman is finding it more and more challenging to use public transportation because it is difficult to walk and she has arthritis. She also suffers from anxiety and depression. She would like someone to help her with grocery shopping. But more importantly, someone with whom she can have coffee with and build a friendship over time. She is a crafty person. A female volunteer is her preference.

A 69 year old man would like a volunteer for companionship. He has a lot of supports during the day: homemaking 7 days/week, does in-Shape 3X week, and has a case manager weekly to help with paperwork. He enjoys his 3 parakeets, likes going to lunch at the Pub and having coffee at McDonald's, and loves bluegrass. A volunteer who could bring other interests would be welcome. He didn't have a preference of gender but would like the volunteer to be someone who believes in Jesus.

This 50 year old woman describes herself as having a disability and that from an early age she was labeled "special Ed". She has great difficulty processing information. She can't read and interpret forms and letters, needs to have things repeated to her at times, and has some difficulty remembering things. She spends her days volunteering at the Thrift Store, the Kitchen and at the United Church of Christ. She says that she can get very lonely at times and would like a weekly volunteer who to help her sort through her mail and provide some companionship. At times she may need to run an errand or go for a medical appointment. She prefers a female.

This gentleman in his 60’s moved to Cityside housing last January. He was recently told that he can no longer drive. He has chronic heart failure, seizures, high BP, and has mobility issues that require him to use a cane and a walker. His need is for transportation for shopping (Market Basket and Walmart for cat treats) and errands. For 25 years he worked as a machinist at a printing company. He owned classic cars, enjoys oldies music, and plays solitaire on the computer. No preference of volunteer gender.

This almost 60 woman is very difficult to understand her on the phone because of a severe speech impediment. But it is much easier in person. Her apartment is small and she has a lot of things, including a Raggedy Ann collection, but it is clean. She uses a rollator if she goes out with someone in a car. But she uses an electric wheelchair to get around town, in addition to the Friendly Bus and Diluzio for medical appointments. She is looking for a volunteer for socialization and to do activities with. She is pretty much open to anything. She enjoys cooking, especially Italian, making jewelry, going to the Dollar Store, camping, fishing, the YMCA (hopes to get in the pool), craft fairs, and would like to try new things. She has a great sense of humor and is very appreciative.

A newly matched Neighbors-In-Deed care recipient referred her 77 year old neighbor to RSVP. This is the second year that she has not had a car. She uses the Friendly Bus and City Express. But it is very time consuming. She can only walk short distances. She has rheumatoid arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and suffers from allergies all year. She is interested in someone to visit and who also may like to play cards/cribbage or Scrabble. But at times she could use some help with shopping or errands since she doesn't want to burden her neighbor who still works full-time. She worked as a "Kelly Girl" as a temp and then was a small business consultant. She has a son and a daughter who are not close by. She is a lovely woman to talk to and she has a great sense of humor. She has no preference of gender.

Peterborough

He served our country in the Air Force in Vietnam and now he needs some help. He is a 71 year old man who has no family, lives in a rural area where transportation options are limited, and he is very low income. He would welcome a male volunteer who could help him do errands and offer some friendship since he has few friends. His general health is pretty good, but he does use a walker. He used to drive a cab and bartend. A volunteer for this man should be tolerant of cigarette odors since he is a fairly heavy smoker.

Rindge
This 73 year old woman doesn't drive and currently used CVTC for some trips. But she is in need of regular weekly assistance with grocery shopping and errands such as going to the pharmacy and farmstand. Her son lives an hour and a half away and sees her infrequently. She is a very positive person with a good attitude and is easy to talk to. She keeps herself busy and is trying to maintain her health ever since a surgery/hospital stint she had about 3 years ago. She quit smoking at that time and she now tries to get healthy foods when she shops. She gets around easily and only uses a cane as a "security blanket" when she is traversing unfamiliar territory. She walks on her street and doesn't use the cane in stores. Some of her interests include knitting/crocheting, computer games, plant care, and the Bond Center exercise program. She has no preference for gender in terms of a volunteer. She prefers a non-smoker, but wouldn't rule out a smoker if that was her only option.

A younger senior who is alone and widowed, has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and cannot drive. She is seeking help with shopping at Market Basket, errands, and picking up her mail. She is very sociable and easy to talk with. She loves going out to eat, enjoys the library, movies, and traveling (particularly the beach). Her favorite destination is Cathedral of the Pines. She showed pedigree cats and still has five. No preference of a male or female volunteer.

This 65+ Navy veteran is a proud, loud, Catholic Italian. He loves company and keeping busy. He has beginning stages of Alzheimer’s and goes to an adult day program. A friendly visitor would give him additional socialization and allow his caregiver some respite. A male volunteer is most suitable for this match. He likes to work on his Mustang, feed the birds, Nascar, and model trains. There are two cats in the home.

Troy

A woman in her 40’s who lives with a companion who cannot drive, would appreciate some help with grocery shopping and errands. She has diabetes, asthma, bipolar disorder, and uses a walker. Her trailer is in fairly decent condition, but not particularly clean. Her interests include walking the dogs when she is able (four friendly ones), crocheting, Nascar, and the Highland games. She is a smoker and has no preference of a male or female volunteer.

Fitzwilliam

This 60 year old legally blind woman is seeking a volunteer to pick up her grocery list and shop for her at Market Basket every three weeks. She is very specific with her brands and her list. She has no preference of gender.

This gentleman is 65 years old and his disability is caused by a rare neurodegenerative disease. He is wheelchair-bound and no longer driving. His wife works full-time. He is alone all day and gets depressed and frustrated that he can't do the things he used to enjoy. He would like a male volunteer to come and visit, perhaps, play cards or cribbage, or just get out of the house. He enjoys adult coloring books, loves old cars, flea markets, and casinos. He used to own a painting business and refinished old furniture as hobby. They have 4 big dogs that are friendly.
 

  America Reads – recruiting new volunteers for fall 2017  - 
  If you can commit at least one hour a week, you can help a child who’s falling behind in reading. RSVP’s America Reads program will place you at a school where you will be matched with a child in pre-K through 3rd grade who needs reading help. You will receive literacy development training, materials and guidance to make your volunteer experience both rewarding and effective. 

  Volunteer instructors are needed - Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corps  - 
  Instructors - Climate and Health Adaptation Plan (CHAP)
Volunteer instructors will instruct older adults about the importance of protecting their health before, during, and after an extreme precipitation event (such as flooding). The classes will run during the month of June for one hour intervals. Medical and teaching experience is preferred, but not mandatory.

DeMar Marathon Volunteer on September 24, 2017 (race day)
Assist staff in various tasks relating to the DeMar Marathon. Stations include water and/or aid. Clinical and non-clinical staff needed for support. On site guidance will be provided.

Please contact Allison Riley, RSVP Volunteer Center, ariley@mfs.org or 283-1686
 

  Make Strides Against Breast Cancer!  - 
  Are you someone who would like to participate in the fight for a world without cancer?

We've recently learned of two new Peterborough volunteer opportunities through the American Cancer Society. Volunteers are being recruited to help with this year's

"Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk"

An event that raises over $40,000 for breast cancer research and services.

1st opportunity: Planning Committee Member
Volunteers attend monthly meetings to plan the walk. Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month from 6-7pm at the Bagel Mill in Peterborough. Volunteers will be asked to give about 2-4 hours of their time from now until the event. Volunteers receive a committee t-shirt.

2nd opportunity - Event Day Volunteer on October 22nd from 8am - noon
Volunteers are needed to staff a booth, help with an activity, or assist with set-up and/or breakdown of the event which is held in Depot Square. Volunteers receive a t-shirt.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Chelsea Paradore at 603-471-4148 or chelsea.paradore@cancer.org
 

  Mentors for young people are needed in the Monadnock region  - 
  Mentors make a real and lasting impact! Would you like to become a BIG BROTHER or BIG SISTER and help a child achieve success in their lives? Big Brothers and Big Sisters provide one-to-one mentoring either in a Community Based or Site-Based (typically a school) setting between a Big (18+ years) and a Little (6-17 years). Volunteers are matched on their location preferences. Volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and BBBSNH asks for a minimum commitment of one year. Volunteers must have 3 positive references and clear a multi-layered background check process before being matched. You can make a BIG difference in the life of a child!  

  Volunteers are needed at a therapeutic riding program  - 
  Touchstone Farm in Temple depends on the generosity of our volunteers for many programs. Volunteering there comes in many ways - you can work with their Therapeutic riding students, do some gardening, help with light maintenance, assist during special events, or help in the office doing administrative tasks. Volunteers are needed every day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and time commitments and scheduling is flexible. At Touchstone Farm, focus on mutual respect, safety, and most importantly, fun, is paramount! For more information or to volunteer, please call Emily Garland at 654-6308. 

  Community-based reading tutors are needed in Keene and Hinsdale  - 
  The Reading Nook Project (supported by Impact Monadnock and Monadnock United Way) is looking for tutors to engage in reading and activities with children ages birth to five and their families at Reading Nook spaces in the Monadnock region. Established Reading Nooks are currently at Forest View Apartments in Keene and the Millstream Community Center in Hinsdale. Reading Nooks will be established at other locations in the future.

Qualifications, skills or training required: Desire to work with young children and their families. Volunteers must attend training offered through America Reads or KSC Reads. Background checks will be performed. For more info contact Carrie Hoffman at (603)209-6809 or readingnook@muw.org
 

  Enrich a person's life by volunteering at the Castle Center Adult Day program at HCS   - 
  The Castle Center is an adult day care center located at 312 Marlboro Street in Keene. Adult day care can give caregivers respite by providing a center where elderly parents can be taken for a couple of hours or the entire day.

The Center is currently seeking volunteers to engage with participants for an hour or two each week in a variety of ways including: listening to music, reading stories, baking, making crafts, etc. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are the days volunteers are most needed and the minimum commitment is for three months.


 

  Give Someone a Lift! Become a Volunteer Driver  - 
  Do you have some time now and then to give a ride to someone in your town? Volunteer drivers are needed throughout the entire region to assist people who do not have access to transportation because of age, ability, economic situation or other limiting circumstances. Trips may include local and long distance medical appointments and other basic needs. Volunteers can choose the ride requests that work with their schedules. 

  Blood Drives   - 
  Drives are held on an episodic basis throughout the Monadnock region during weekday business hours and on Saturdays. Time commitment is typically a 2 1/2 hour shift. The following positions are essential to make each drive run smoothly and efficiently:
•Registration- Welcome donors and enter registrations into computer.
•Canteen- Keep an eye on donors for adverse reactions and keep refreshment area replenished.
 

  Regional Volunteer Screeners  - 
  The American Red Cross is looking for people with good communication skills who would be interested in joining their team to help schedule and conduct volunteer screenings over the phone with prospective volunteers, identify appropriate positions for applicants and make referrals as required. Volunteers will also assist with updates in Volunteer Connection, their online volunteer management system. Online training is required as well as monthly meetings to discuss processes and procedures with the virtual team. Come join their virtual team in Volunteer Intake and Screening and provide an excellent experience for all new volunteers joining the American Red Cross as they wish to be a premiere organization for volunteerism. For more information please contact Angela Russell at angela.russell@redcross.org or at 802-660-9130 x123 

   
 
         

     
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