In April, the Meredith Lions Club sent out surveys to non-profit organizations and service groups in Meredith, Center Harbor, Sandwich and Holderness. The purpose of the survey was to find out what services are needed in these communities as well as what kind are already provided. The turnout was just over 12 percent and most of the results saw a need for children and seniors. The participants were then asked to attend a forum to discuss the results and see what actions could or should be taken to provide needed services.
The consensus of those attending was the major problem is lack of communication. Many groups are providing these services but they are not being made aware of to the public or at least to those who need it the most. The majority of these clubs reach out to a single focus group and forget the general public. Many house-bound seniors don't have access to computers and/or the Internet where a lot of information can be found. Many didn't know that the library can have someone deliver books to them at home or even that Rite-Aid delivers prescriptions and other supplies to them. Another factor considered is "Good ole Yankee pride" and not wanting to ask for assistance when it is needed.
It was decided that a clearing house is needed in this area detailing what each organization provides but to also find a way to reach the people who need these services. The Altrusa has a book at the Town Hall in Meredith with a list of many groups in the area and their information but accessibility is limited.
Meredith Lions Club