MEREDITH — Kidworks Learning Center is marking the 11th Anniversary of their annual food drive for the Meredith Pantry. Each year Kidworks tasks their children to bring in canned goods and/or try to earn money at home by doing chores so they can put the monies towards an annual shopping trip to buy food for those in need.
Mill Falls at the Lake also holds a similar tradition. Each year they auction off soon to be expiring overnight gift certificates they have acquired from their New England lodging partners to the staff. The proceeds from the auction are then donated to a local charity.
For the second year Executive Director, Jennifer Weeks and Michelle Brown, Marketing Director for Mill Falls decided to combine their efforts for a more impactful donation. Pooled together the children had over $600 to go shopping at the Meredith Hannaford and provide a cash donation, almost twice as much as 2013. The crew was divided into two groups; the morning kindergartners prepared for their trip to the grocery store by making grocery lists of the most needed items and paid close attention to pricing so they could get the most for their money. The children took turns pushing the carts and filling them with groceries. From there afternoon kindergarteners had the important job of the delivering the food to the Meredith Food Pantry. One by one the children carried the bags of groceries into the stock room and proudly made a cash donation for the remainder.
The annual food drive is just one of the community projects that the center organizes throughout the year. "Being an active part of the community is important for children to learn. They fully embraced the task at hand and were proud to be part of the project" said Jennifer Weeks. "We were ecstatic when our fundraising efforts almost doubled from last year. Kidworks does a great job and we are happy to partner with them", commented Michelle Brown.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 December 2014 08:06
FRANKLIN — Over $46,000 was recently distributed to local community organizations through the Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement program. Eleven organizations throughout Central New Hampshire are using the 2014 funds to implement new projects or to build upon current ones.
Recipients of the 2014 Fund for Community Advancement Funds include Boys and Girls Club of Greater Concord, Copper Cannon Camp, Paul Smith School PTO, Tapply-Thompson Community Center, Tilton-Northfield Recreation Council, NH Children's Trust, American Red Cross of NH, The Friends Program Inc., Choose Franklin, Catholic Charities New Hampshire, and Franklin Falls Downtown Development Authority.
Organizations applying for the next round of grant distributions should do so by the January 2, 2015 deadline.
Eligibility information including categories of support, market areas served, and applications are available by visiting "What's New" at fsbnh.com or by visiting in person at any of the seven Franklin Savings Bank offices throughout Central New Hampshire. Projects chosen for funding will be celebrated at the third annual Fund for Community Advancement Event in October.
The one-million dollar fund, established by the bank in September 1997, was created to provide support to varying community organizations through grants. Since its inception, 156 grants totaling over $792,600 have been awarded. For additional information about the Franklin Savings Bank Fund for Community Advancement, call Dorothy Savery at (603) 934-8316 or toll-free at (800) FSB-4445. To see all of the Fund organizations celebrated, the programs funded by the FSB program, the video documenting the recipients, and more, visit facebook.com/franklinsavingsbank and www.fsbnh.com.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 12:05
TILTON — The Belknap-Merrimack Community Action Program (BM-CAP) has announced the appointment of its new Tilton Senior Center Manager, Cindy Clarenbach. Cindy hails from Franklin, and has many years of experience working with seniors, and coordinating activities for them.
The center is located at 11 Grange Road in Tilton, and serves Tilton, Northfield, Sanbornton, Winnisquam, Lochmere and all surrounding towns, however all seniors are welcome. The new BM-CAP center hours are Monday -Thursday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a drop-in day on Friday from 10-1 staffed by volunteers. BM-CAP is now providing brunch on Mondays at 10:30 am and lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 am. To reserve a spot for a meal call the Center at 527-8291. A $2 donation is suggested for those over 60. There is a $6 charge for those under age 60.
Also, the CAP Rural Transit Bus Service is now available on Tuesdays. The bus will pick riders up at their doors and return them back home. Destinations depends on riders' needs but includes Walgreens, Walmart, Tanger Outlet, grocery stores and more such as doctor's appointments, the bank, or the Tilton Senior Center. The bus schedule is managed through the Belmont Senior Center, so contact Cheryl, the Center Manager, at 267-9867 to discuss your needs and to set up your ride. A 24 hour notice is needed. The suggested ride donation is $2 round trip.
On Wednesday, January 14 there will be an Open House at 10:30 am. This is a chance for the Tilton community to meet Cindy and share ideas for the coming year. Cindy would love to hear what people are interested in and discuss the future of the Center. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. Also, those looking for a purposeful and fun volunteer opportunity, the Center needs help preparing and serving meals on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, so this is a great chance to stop by to see what the center offers and discuss volunteer opportunities.
If you would like more information about the Tilton Senior Center or are interested in reserving a lunch, call Cindy at 527-8291.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:53
ALTON — The brand new Lego Club at the Gilman Library will hold a kick-off on Saturday, January 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room on the lower level of the library.
To kick-off the Lego Club a special movie will be offered. Light refreshments will be served.
An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied 'Special', is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Writers: Phil Lord (screenplay), Christopher Miller (screenplay), Dan Hageman (story), Kevin Hageman (story), Phil Lord (story), Christopher Miller (story)
Stars: Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie, Keith Ferguson, Will Ferrell, et al
The first official club meeting will be held on the third Saturday of February, on the 22 at 11 am, in the Agnes Thompson Meeting Room on the lower level of the library.
The club is still accepting and welcomes more Lego donations for the club.
For more information call 875-2550 or visit the library website www.gilmanlibrary.org
If the Gilman Library is closed due to inclement weather, the program will be held the following month on the third Saturday.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 11:40