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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. A recent surgery prevents her from lifting. 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 77 year old woman would like a female companion to meet out with in the community to do things (not in her home). Since this is new for her, she would like to start with "occasional" outings. She has lived many places over her lifetime - overseas in Greece and Israel, Minnesota, Arizona, Royalston, MA and for the last 10 years in Keene. Overall, her health is pretty good, but she has a bad hip. She has two cats and doesn't smoke. She has a lot of interests: read, knit, eating out, used book stores, CALL classes.

A senior widower who has no children, siblings, and few close friends thinks she should be doing more. She still drives locally. She has balance issues and uses a cane and a rollator. But she can't lift her walker into the car. She would like someone to accompany her with social activities because she feels uncomfortable not knowing people - go to Senior Center programs, Historical Society, pick out cards, go to JC Penney to see what they have. She used to work at a local bank. She reads, watches a little TV at night, used to like gardening, and concerts such as Keene pops. She would prefer a female and every other week.

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, and more. She has some general health issues and suffers from depression. 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 winter has made it difficult for this 93 year old woman to get out because of her walker and poor vision. For her age, she is in good health and only goes to the doctor about once a year. Her big needs are for someone to help her with shopping, going to the pharmacy (it could be either together or the volunteer could pick up) and reading her mail. She is quite delightful, sharp, and has a good sense of humor. She used to love to read and plans to contact KPL about books on tape. She used to live in MA where she worked in real estate and in a position where she interviewed people. She would like a female volunteer.

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 80 year old woman no longer has a car and doesn't get out much. She has started using the City Express and has used the Friendly Bus in the past. She is in fairly good health and uses a cane, but she is not dependent on it. She primarily is looking for a volunteer of either gender to play cribbage and do social things, maybe go for a ride to see Miracles in Motion and a Draft Horse Rescue in Winchester. She likes walks, music, and reading mysteries, and likes to talk about different things. She seems independent and has a good sense of humor.

Peterborough

This 67 year old woman recently had a bad virus and is so weak she can barely get around her home, can't drive, and hasn't cooked. She would welcome help getting groceries at Shaw's and would likely provide the volunteer with a list. She thinks this will be a temporary assignment. In the past she worked as a florist, at an optometrist, and as a HR manager. She enjoys movies, poetry, and politics. A female volunteer is her preference.

Rindge

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 do. He would like a male volunteer to come and visit, perhaps play cards, or just get out of the house. He enjoys adult coloring books and loves old cars. He used to own a painting business. 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  - 
  Opportunity #1

Instructors - World CPR Challenge
Volunteer instructors will receive training so they can then train and assist community members in condensed 5-10 minute CPR classes during "EMS Week" from May 21st - 27th. The mini-classes will be held at various host sites in Cheshire County in two hour intervals. Medical and teaching experience is preferred, but not mandatory.


Opportunity #2

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.

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

  Make Strides About 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!  

  Booth Volunteers Needed In Peterborough  - 
  Impact Monadnock is participating in the Children and the Arts Festival in Peterborough on Saturday, May 20th from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Volunteers are needed to staff a booth at Putnam Park on Grove Street and will be asked to pass out materials about VROOM - an app that increases brain development in children ages 0-5. The booth will be under a tent. Volunteers can expect to sit and stand during their shift.

If you are interested and available you can contact Lesley Moenter at 518-561-4079 for more information and to schedule a shift. She is planning to schedule shifts in two hour intervals.  

  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
 

  Become a Homework Station Volunteer  - 
  Keene Housing Kids Collaborative is looking for volunteers to help low income children catch up on school work, succeed in their homework, and improve academically. Site-based opportunities are available at the Stone Arch Village Senior Building or the Forest View Community Building. Homework help will be provided from 3 – 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday.

Volunteers self-schedule, and whether you are able to volunteer once a week, once a month, the same day every time, or at odd intervals, you can schedule whatever works for you. We are looking for independent, motivated individuals who are interested in helping children and youth succeed academically. Volunteer interview, screening and orientation are required. For more information contact Liz Chipman at (603)283-5464 or lchipman@keenekidscollaborative.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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