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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
  Help Set the Stage for a Fulfilling Keene Public Library Experience  - 
  The Keene Public Library is seeking volunteers to serve as a Greeter and Wayfinder. In this role you would be the first point of contact for library visitors - welcoming them, providing directions and referring them to the appropriate area for specific assistance, and answering general questions about the library. Training is provided. Volunteers should be able to sit for an extended period of time, stand and walk for short periods, and be able to lift/move up to 25 pounds occasionally.

Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday during regular hours. Shifts are 9 a.m. – noon, noon – 3 p.m., 3 – 6 p.m. and 6 – 9 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit to six months. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tammy Parrott at 603-757-1846. 

  Linda's Closet Volunteer Clothing Consultant  - 
  Do you have a flare for clothing and fashion? Linda’s Closet, a resource for free clothing and career advice in Keene, is seeking volunteer consultants to assist clients with clothing choices. Available times are Wednesday 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday 11:00a.m.-2:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – noon and volunteers are asked to commit to a regular schedule. You will get to help other women of Cheshire County look and feel good about themselves - and while you're there you may find something pretty for yourself! If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Kathleen Birch at 603-357-1015 or To learn more about them, visit or on Facebook.


  Neighbors Can Help Their Neighbors Stay Independent in Their Homes  - 
At the age of 82 this woman just retired as the head of an area school last year! She currently has macular degeneration and recently had a hip replacement. She would like somebody to help her go through her mail, go to the store and just provide some company. She is a lively conversationalist and currently uses a cane or a walker. Her apartment is connected to her son's house, however he is very busy and she tries not to rely on him for everything. She believes strongly in the power of the love of God, and would consider it especially lucky to find someone to occasionally accompany her to services.

This gentleman is 65 years old and his disability is caused by a rare neuro-degenerative 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.

This 50 year old woman spends her days volunteering at the United Church of Christ, The Thrift Store, and The Community Kitchen. She describes herself as having a processing disorder which makes it impossible for her read and interpret forms and letters, she often needs to have things repeated to and has some difficulty remembering things. She lives on her own and is seeking a volunteer who can help her go through her mail and accompany her to some meetings with agencies as a second set of ears. She says that she can get very lonely at times and would like a weekly volunteer who provide some companionship and support. At times she may need to run an errand or go for a medical appointment. She prefers a female

This 68 year old woman lives alone with her two zebra finches. She is funny and upbeat but says that her isolation is leading to her feeling depressed and socially awkward. Shopping is overwhelming and she has some mobility issues. She can use a cane to go short distances but will need to use a motorized scooter inside a store. She has diabetes and MS as well as back issues and would like help with picking up prescriptions and grocery shopping. She used to be a photographer and enjoyed animals and nature, when mobility was not an issue she enjoyed attending horse and dog shows as well as our local festivals. She can still fish and is hoping that she can find a volunteer who would be interested in going with her as well as playing cards and board games.

A 67 year old 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.

A 70 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 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.

This 77 year old woman lives in Keene with her husband who works full time. She was an avid outdoors person who loved to hike, and snowshoe. However due to a string of severe health issues she is now legally blind and having a hard time getting out of the house. She loves animals and has one small dog and two cats in the house. She retired from being a Librarian Assistant from the Keene Public Library after 15 years, and also enjoyed selling at area flea markets. This woman is hoping to find somebody to provide her with some company and help her to get out of the house, when out she walks with a cane and is now restricted to walking on sidewalks or other smooth surfaces. She and her husband are the caregivers for one of their sons, who does smoke, but only outside of the house. She would prefer a female volunteer.

For 80, this woman is in fairly good health, she uses a cane, but she is not dependent on it. She is primarily looking for a volunteer of either gender to help her get groceries, play cribbage and do social things. She was the founder of both a local therapy horseback riding program and a draft horse rescue. She likes classical music, and reading mysteries, and has lots of interesting stories that she likes to tell. She will tell you that she struggles with depression and is having trouble finding motivation to leave the house. She has very little contact with her family and no other support in the area.

This 65 year old woman lives in Peterborough. As a side effect to a few strokes she now has tunnel vision that comes and goes in severity and she is considered to be legally blind. She has a son in the area who works long hours and another in New Jersey. She is a retired nurse’s assistant who has lived in the area for most of her life. She has a love for crafting jewelry making, and she is hoping to start using her lap loom again. She is also an animal lover and has plans to adopt a cat soon. This woman is looking for companionship and help getting back out into the community. She gets around with a walker, but in a store would hope for a motorized scooter. Her sons have set her up with an account at a local grocer where they will put together her order and she is hoping that a volunteer would be able to pick it up for her on their way to visit.

This woman is her 70’s and is in need of regular weekly assistance - groceries, farm stand, pharmacy. 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 grocery 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. She has no preference for gender in terms of a volunteer.

This 57 year old woman lives in Swanzey with her husband. He leaves the house for work by 5:00 am and isn’t home until just before dinner and then goes to bed by 8:00. She says the days are long and lonely and is hoping for a female companion to share a cup of coffee with and develop a friendship. She has emphysema, diabetes and congestive heart failure and uses a walker to get around. She told me that she takes pride in her house and loves to sit in the sun and enjoy their property. She would enjoy being able to get out occasionally for a fun outing. She does have 2 cats in the house and would like somebody who is comfortable with her talking about her faith in Jesus.

This gentleman in his 60’s lives at Cityside housing and 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 101 year old woman lives in Walpole, she has a daughter who lives nearby who was coming daily but has come into some health issues herself. The care recipient does have some home keeping services and meals-on-wheels but her family would like to find somebody who could check on her in the middle of the day. She does have significant short term memory loss and would need to meet a volunteer with one of her family members present until she becomes comfortable. She can still walk but is fairly unsteady, a wheelchair would be necessary for going out.

It is difficult for this 62 year old woman to get out because she has a hernia which limits her mobility, has chronic pain, and suffers from anxiety and depression, in addition to simply not driving. She is on Medicaid and takes advantage of other community transportation resources for basic needs. But she would enjoy having a volunteer with whom she can do some fun things. She loves all animals, crafts/crochet, cooking and baking, and has strong Christian beliefs. She prefers a female volunteer.  

  Whose life will you change?   - 
  The single most important factor in determining whether or not children reach their potential is the existence of a caring adult in their lives. Mentors are needed in the Monadnock region! Big Brothers, Big Sisters of NH promotes long term, impactful, one-to-one mentoring matches between a Big (an adult 18 years+) with a Little (a child 6-17 years old). The average commitment for the community-based program is 2 hours/2 times a month and for site based opportunities one hour/one day a week. If you are looking to be a positive role model and make a difference in the life of a child, please give us a call. 

  Give your time to people who are working towards recovery!  - 
  As our community raises its concern about the opioid crisis and individuals ask the question, “how can I help on a local level?”, RSVP is pleased to announce that we are taking steps to partner with The Serenity Center in Keene.

The Center is a 501c3 non-profit membership organization founded in June of 2013. They were one of the first new Recovery Community Organizations (RCO) in New Hampshire to recognize that there are many paths to successful recovery from addiction. They welcome people from all paths to recovery, their families and friends. The Center provides Peer to Peer Recovery Support Services to the Eastern Monadnock Region and a Recovery Club House that is a safe haven to help initiate and maintain long term recovery.

Currently, The Serenity Center is recruiting volunteers for two roles.

1. Recovery Coaches work one on one with people in recovery from addiction to help remove obstacles and find pathways to recovery. Recovery Coaches receive training and continued support through the Recovery Coach Academy program and SC’s Orientation and Volunteer training programs. Topics covered include ethical considerations, HIV/AIDS, and suicide prevention.

2. Front Desk Support volunteers greet visitors, answer the phone, provide light administrative support to staff (filing, copying, collating), and provide light cleaning/organization. Front Desk Support volunteers receive one-on-one training from the volunteer coordinator and SC staff. The Center is open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm and volunteer shifts are 2-4 hours or are project based. Front Desk volunteers are asked to make a 3 month commitment.  

  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. 

  Disaster Training Opportunities  - 
  The American Red Cross and the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network offer a variety of training opportunities to provide area residents with knowledge of specific health issues and challenges as well as disaster training - to ensure more area residents are ready to help in the event of a local disaster. Great opportunity to learn new skills, use your experience, and have flexibility. 

  Monadnock Community Hospital Volunteers  - 
  Monadnock Community Hospital has an opportunity or a schedule to fit almost every interest or need. Volunteers can serve in the gift shop not only by helping customers to shop but also providing comfort and reassurance to patients and/or their families as they fill their down time. You can also provide guidance to visitors at a number of greeting desks, or support to the staff in the mail room, HR or by putting your handyman skills to use. Schedules can be regular or vary as needed. For more information about volunteering with the Monadnock Community Hospital contact Jazmin Belcoure at or by calling 352-5698. 

  Front Desk Volunteer needed in Keene!  - 
  The Keene Senior Center - serving vibrant older adults ages 50+ - has a new volunteer opportunity for someone who would enjoy using their customber service skills.

They are looking for a volunteer to staff the front desk at the 70 Court St. facility on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8am - noon. Volunteer duties will include greeting members, using and adding members to the "MySeniorCenter" computer database, taking payments for membership and meals, and answering phones and directing calls.


  Hot Meal Preparation   - 
  Help ensure that community members have a hot, nutritious meal by helping with food preparation at the Keene Community Kitchen. Weekday hours from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  

  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.

  Volunteers are needed to wrap silverware for meals  - 
  The Keene Community Kitchen is looking for volunteers to help wrap silverware in preparation for meals on Monday and/or Friday mornings. The process takes only about an hour and volunteers are asked to come in to do the work any time before 11 a.m.  

  Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are needed!  - 
  Become part of a community of vibrant, committed volunteers who are getting tremendous satisfaction making a difference in a child’s life. Our volunteers tell us that they love putting their skills to use in a meaningful way with challenging, stimulating, emotionally rewarding work. While we cannot provide any financial compensation, our volunteers enjoy intangible benefits such as stimulating work, ongoing support, new social connections and – above all – doing something that directly impacts a child’s life.

CASAs, in advocating for the best interests of children in abuse and neglect cases within the court system, strive to provide better outcomes for children so they grow up in safe, permanent homes. The hope is they can help break the cycle of abuse.

Volunteers visit assigned children monthly, they complete court reports, and they interact with parents, extended family members, attorneys, social workers, foster care providers and judges all the while advocating for the best interests of the children.

Qualifications, skills and training required:
•Undergo screening and 40 hours of pre-service training
•Commit to the life of the case (averages 2 years)
•Time commitment of 15 hours per month
•Flexibility to attend court hearings
•Written and oral communication skills
•Comfortable with word processing, email, and internet research
•Ability to relate to a diverse population
•Confidentiality and objectivity

Cases are assigned out of Keene CASA Office - could report to Jaffrey/Peterborough or Keene Courts, children typically located in the area where the case originates.

Training begins on September 14, 2018 in Keene.

For more information, please contact:
Diane Valladares
Director of Recruitment
603-626-4600, ext. 2106

  Business Savvy?  - 
  Monadnock SCORE is committed to provide quality business counseling, without charge, to local residents and businesses. They are seeking individuals with business experience in any and all phases of business operations, especially those who have retail or legal experience. Depending upon your interest, you may mentor small business owners, help develop business plans, address financial matters or operational problems, and assist with start-ups or marketing. Times are mutually agreed upon by the mentor and client. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Edward Merrell at 352-8738 or 

  Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities  - 
  This very special opportunity is for folks who enjoy sewing and refabricating one thing into another! In this case, a simple modification to a child’s small backpack is needed to accommodate a feeding bag, tube and feeding pump. This provides mobility for children who receive continuous g-tube feeds. Your assistance with this very special project will greatly enhance their ability to explore their world and enhance their quality of life. They will supply all materials needed: backpack,two sizes of grommets, velcro, thread and whatever you see needed for the project. 

  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. 

  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.

Volunteering at the Castle Center enriches both the life of the participant and the life of the volunteer, therefore impacting the community in a positive way. The Activity Director is onsite and available to assist volunteers and free parking is provided.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact Catherine Braught, Nurse Manager at 355-8281.


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