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:
– Read to children once a week in a school setting;
volunteer at a summer reading program, tutor children in
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
health emergency. Work as part of a team to ensure that
everyone is ready to deal with an emergency.
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.
Whether you have decided it is best to stay at home or are continuing to volunteer with extra safety precautions, The Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Centers supports your decisions.
Many of our partner agencies have suspended activities until further notice. However, there are still ways you can serve the community. We encourage you to look around your neighborhood and reach out to those in high risk demographics to see if you can help. Below we have posted additional opportunities either from your home or with operating agencies.
The Community Kitchen Gleaners (In Community) -
The Community Kitchen Gleaners has hands-on opportunities to reduce food waste in Cheshire County! Join them in harvesting or picking up fresh produce at locals farms. To make this a success they need help!
If you wish to volunteer, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to be put you into contact with Sarah Harpster, Program Coordinator for more details and how to sign up!
Distribute Food Pantry Boxes – Monadnock Family Services (In Community) -
Monadnock Family Services is need of help to distribute food pantry boxes to clients and struggling families in our community.
When: Wednesdays from 9:45 AM to completion of the delivery
Where: Pickup at The Community Kitchen, 37 Mechanic Street, Keene
Delivery areas: Keene, Swanzey, Winchester, Spofford, Marlborough
MASKS ARE REQUIRED AND NO CONTACT IS EXPECTED WITH CLIENT AND OR FAMILY!
If you are interested in volunteering and for further details please contact Jessica Howard at
email@example.com and or 603-499-6555
Drivers needed during COVID-19 (In Community) -
Volunteer drivers are still needed throughout the entire region to assist people who do not have access to transportation. Drivers are currently transporting people for critical needs such as dialysis, as well as helping to pick up groceries and other necessities for at risk demographics. Please reach out to Jazmin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-924-7350 to learn about new safety procedures and determine if this is a volunteer role you feel comfortable with.
Blood Drives (In Community) -
The American Red Cross is continuing with their Blood Drive efforts and in need of more volunteers. Please see the information below with details surrounding the protocols they've instituted. There are many drives being scheduled throughout the Monadnock region. If you are interested in learning how to volunteer please email Jazmin at email@example.com
New Precautions and Procedures
The Red Cross is looking for a volunteer to work as a Blood Donor Screener
Blood donors must now be screened for symptoms, including taking their temperature.
Temperatures are being taken with forehead swipe thermometers.
Thermometers are being disinfected between each donor.
All staff and volunteers are being provided with masks and gloves.
Screeners are changing gloves after each donor.
At registration, donors need to use hand sanitizer before touching any of the registration
Registration volunteers are using disinfectant to wipe down registration materials between
Help kids as they navigate the new reality of school -- Keene Housing Community (In Home) -
Help kids as they navigate the new reality of school -- remote learning.
Keene Housing Kids Collaborative announces Schoolwork Help From a Distance
Volunteers needed to help students with schoolwork via Zoom video meeting. Sessions are 30 minutes and will be scheduled between 9am-5pm at a time that is convenient for both the student and the tutor.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Zoom schoolwork tutor, please call Liz at 518-281-2676 for details or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Greater Monadnock Medical Reserve Corp (In Community) -
“The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community-based, civilian, volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure of communities nationwide. Each MRC unit is organized and trained to address a wide range of challenges from public health education to disaster response.”
To learn more about the GMMRC as well as how to volunteer you can visit their website at: www.gmmrc.org
or contact Tricia Zahn at email@example.com
Sewing Face Masks (In Home) -
Below are agencies and facilities currently seeking sewn face masks:
Monadnock Community Hospital:
For information pertaining to masks donation for MCH please follow the link http://monadnockcommunityhospital.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/MCH_Mask_PR_Instructions_Patterns_032320-4.pdf
We will have three community drop off locations starting Monday:
• Jaffrey Grade School (School Street, Jaffrey)
• First Service Title Company (Main Street, Jaffrey)
• Rindge Memorial School (School street, Rindge)
• Peterborough Town Library (Concord Street in Peterborough)
• Grapevine Family & Community Resource Center (Aiken Street, Antrim)
*New Ipswich Congregational Church 156 Main Street New Ipswich has also offered to collect masks to bring to a donation site.
Each building has an overhang and there will be a container in which to leave the masks. The masks will be collected daily and delivered to the hospital. When you leave masks, could you please leave your name, address and phone number so that we may acknowledge your generous contribution.
Cheshire Medical Center
For information pertaining to mask donations for Cheshire Medical please follow the link https://www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/patient-education/sewing-masks.html?fbclid=IwAR1xARj0OPD9NzRttuyUZm910Qj1dJYk4SD3kpiqo76Q1qqtxg1d_OXJkrw
Masks Can be dropped at the hospital or mailed
West Entrance, 580 Court St.Keene, NH
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 to 10:00 am and 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Please attach name and address of donor.
50 LaBombard Road North
Lebanon, NH 03766
Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities
Donations may be dropped off at 91 Maple Avenue Keene NH
Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM.
A staff member will greet donors at the front door to accept the donation.
By mail they can be sent to Cedarcrest Center 91 Maple Avenue Keene NH 03431
Questions, please contact Patty Farmer direct line: (603) 358-3389
Other possible agencies in need of masks include:
Area Nursing Homes or rehab facilities
Home Healthcare Hospice and Community Services – (603) 352-2253
Bayada Home Health and Hospice – (802) 254-7071
Become an advocate with the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention: Crisis & Prevention Center (MCVP) (In Home) -
Advocates for those surviving domestic abuse are critical right now, and can be done remotely. A 100% remote training starts the week of April 6th and will train volunteers on how to empower survivors to move beyond violence to create a better, healthier future for themselves and their children.
Advocates help to end and prevent violence in our community one survivor or family at a time. MCVP is currently seeking volunteers who are compassionate people with good communication skills and the ability to go through the 40 hours of training.
Advocates serve as the first point of contact for survivors they listen, support, provide information and referrals, and discuss options with the caller.
• Work 24 hours shifts from their own homes. Shifts run from 4pm to 8 am Monday through Friday and 8am to 8 am Saturday and Sunday.
• Once COVID-19 passes advocates may also respond to local hospitals and police stations to support survivors, as well as screen in survivors seeking emergency shelter.
• Per diem advocates make a stipend per shift that they work. $30 for weeknight, $40 for a weekend, and $50 for a holiday.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with MCVP please reach out to Katrina Nugent at 603-352-3844 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can visit www.mcvprevention.org to learn more about the organization.
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are needed! (In Home) -
Child abuse and neglect is more of a concern than ever. You can train and volunteer as a Court Appointed Advocate remotely via FaceTime and Zoom.
Use this time at home to 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.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Recruitment
603-626-4600, ext. 2106
Write letters to seniors in isolation (In Home) -
Earlier today we saw a post from a staff member at Genesis requesting letters for the residents since they are no longer allowing visitors. This is the current situation in most nursing homes and rehab facilities and a lovely idea to spread some cheer. Below is the address for Genesis in Keene, but we strongly encourage you to reach out to other facilities in your area to see if they are accepting letters as well.
If you have some scraps of ribbon and wrapping paper laying around and would like to try your hand at card making. Hers is a link for some basic tips, https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/card-making-tips-and-tricks-4114150
but many many more tutorials can be found online.
677 Court Street
Keene, New Hampshire
Neighbors Can Help Their Neighbors Stay Independent in Their Homes -
**Volunteers are not currently making in person visits**
If you are interested in participating in the program as a friendly caller until we can resume traditional placements please contact Jazmin and email@example.com
Groceries, medicine, and a friendly ear to bend. What would life look like if you didn’t know how or when you would have access to any one of these things? The Neighbors-In-Deed program, through Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center, aims to provide some assistance to lessen that struggle for seniors, adults with disabilities, and veterans and military family members. With just one to two hours a week, our volunteers help provide a solution for how a person will get to the store, pharmacy, and perhaps more importantly, combat social isolation and loneliness. Below are the profiles of some of the people currently hoping to receive a volunteer:
• This woman has been very lonely since her friend from across the hall moved. She has some health issues and travels to Keene three days a week for dialysis. She would love to find a female volunteer who could come on Thursdays to sit and visit or go for walks in nice weather and she would very much like to find somebody to go out for the occasional lunch or shopping trip to Walmart. Because of her location and the fact that she smokes she has been on our wait list for a while.
• This woman is in her 70s and just recently moved in with her daughter and son-in-law. Originally from Connecticut and then Maine she is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and has decided it is best to stop driving and no longer live alone. She is used to being very active, she loves to walk and snowshoe as well as go to the library both in Chesterfield and in Keene. While she has plenty of support with the necessities she is anxious to find a social outlet and to fill up some of her time.
• This woman has a great sense of humor and is always very appreciative of help. She uses an electric scooter to get around town and would need a person who could help with a wheel chair if you were to go out. Her apartment is small and neat, and she has lovely Raggedy Ann collection. Getting out of the house has become progressively harder for her, especially in the winter. She is proud of her ability to take care of herself and self-advocate, but she would very much appreciate a volunteer to spend time with. She enjoys cooking, especially Italian, making jewelry, going to the Dollar Store, the YMCA (hopes to get in the pool), craft fairs, and would like to try new things. She does have a speech impediment and while at times it is difficult to understand her over the phone, in person it is much easier.
• This woman is very proud of herself for losing some weight and would welcome a volunteer who would want to help encourage some healthy habits. She has lived in her apartment in Keene for over 35 years and when she has the opportunity to get out and run errands she enjoys hitting up her favorite thrift stores as well. A volunteer who likes hitting up lots of stores would be perfect. She has some general health issues and suffers from depression. She used to love camping, fishing, and boating. She often finds it easier to get along with men but is open to a female volunteer. Because of some mobility issues she needs a vehicle that is low to the ground.
• This 87 year old woman is living on her own in Keene and looking for some company. She’s hoping to find somebody who would like to go and grab a cup of tea and sit for a nice visit once a week. She is still very independent but starting to experience signs of dementia. While talking with her she’ll need to stop and search for words. She is very social and likes to walk around town and chat with people.
• This 58 year old woman has recently moved to Keene. She is in need of help with grocery shopping and banking. Her interests include flower arranging and cooking, and we she would love to be able to get out into the community more. She is legally blind as well as being confined to a wheel chair, but she is able to transfer herself. She does not have a preference on a male or female volunteer.
• This 88 woman lives Keene with her miniature poodle, she is still active, however she is hoping to find somebody interested in visiting with her, as she is starting to feel less and less comfortable driving. She enjoys playing bridge and working on puzzles.
• This lady is in her mid 70’s and moved to the area from New Jersey where she had been living with her sister until she passed a couple of years ago. She lives in her own home in west Keene and her greatest need right now is transportation and company. She uses the bus twice a month for groceries but would like to be able to go into town for more “fun” excursions such as shoe shopping or for smaller grocery trips. She uses a cane or walker when walking. She would prefer a female volunteer and she enjoys drawing, reading, sewing and she loves to talk! Her faith in Jesus is important to her, but she does not ascribe to any one religion and believes the most important thing is that we are kind to one another.
• This 77 year old woman is originally a transplant from Illinois, however has been living in New Hampshire long enough to no longer be considered a flat lander. She was an avid hiker and at one point would lead guided hikes with her alpaca’s up Mt. Washington. She enjoys going to the Senior Center, the Colonial Theatre, and out for easy walks when the weather is nice. She is living with dementia and because of it is no longer driving. Her family is hoping that a volunteer can help them keep her active and engaged with some company and fun outings. She is currently living in an apartment in Keene.
• This gentleman in his 60’s lives at Cityside housing. He has chronic heart failure, seizures, high BP, and has mobility issues that require him to use a cane and a walker, and he can no longer drive. 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 woman is her mid 70s. 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 4 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 is hoping for some assistance with running errands such as going for groceries, or to the farm stand, or pharmacy.
• This woman is hoping for a female companion to share a cup of coffee with and develop a friendship. She lives in Swanzey with her husband, however 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. Due to chronic health issues making it difficult for her to leave the house the days have become long and lonely. She takes pride in keeping a clean and inviting home and loves to sit in the sun and enjoy their property. She would also enjoy being able to get out occasionally for a fun outing. She does have two cats in the house and while it is not necessary she would like to find a volunteer who shares a strong faith in Jesus.
• This woman in her 90s has just moved into a ground floor apartment in the same building as her daughter. She has 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, enjoys NASCAR and has a shy kitty who you would probably never see. She has just been released from a nursing home after rehabbing from a series of falls. She is now pretty much confined to a wheelchair, and hoping for visitor to provide some company.
• 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 a volunteer 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.
Linda's Closet Volunteer -
Procedures and schedule may be different due to COVID-19 however they are still seeking new volunteers. As a volunteer, there are roles both behind the scenes and working in the store as clients "shop" for clothing.
Do you have a flare for clothing and fashion? Linda’s Closet, a resource for free clothing and career advice in Keene, is seeking volunteers 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 date once a month if possible. 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 Diane Bogdan at 603-357-1015 or firstname.lastname@example.org To learn more about them, visit www.lindascloset.org, Facebook and/or Instagram.
*Suspended until Further Notice* Help your local library -
Help your local library
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.
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