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.
Enjoy the laughter of children in Project Keep's after school program! -
Keene Community Education’s Project KEEP After School Program is seeking volunteers to engage with children in Kindergarten – 5th grade, meaning talking with them, playing board games with them, overseeing an arts & crafts activity, carrying out a special enrichment project, reading with or to them, creating books together, overseeing various gross motor, non-competitive games, engaging with the whole group or in a small group in a wide variety of activities meant for fun and enrichment after school. KEEP runs from 3:00 to 5:30 every school day at Fuller, Franklin, and Symonds Schools in Keene. Volunteers may choose to sign up for a full afternoon, part of an afternoon, and anywhere from 1 day a week to 5 days.There is lots of flexibility! They would welcome new and returning volunteers for the 2020 school year as well. Please contact Pat Dixe at email@example.com if you are interested and I will facilitate a connection.
Neighbors Can Help Their Neighbors Stay Independent in Their Homes -
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.
Hospice Volunteers -
Hospice Volunteers Change Lives...
Bayada is looking for volunteers to share their time and talents.
Direct Patient Support Volunteers
Support patients and their families by offering a warm presence, meeting needs and making connections. Volunteers do all sorts of things, like:
• Helping with day-to-day needs, indoors and out, like mowing the lawn, walking the dog,
washing dishes, and more
• Sitting with patients to read, watch a movie or TV show
• Taking a patient out for a short walk!
• Keeping a patient company while caregivers take a break.
• Sharing specialized skills including reiki, massage, pastoral care, cosmetology.
• Sharing time with a therapy animal
• Just being together
Arts, Crafts, and Music Volunteers
Music reaches patients in very special ways. Some patients enjoy help finishing up projects or exploring creative expression. You can develop a plan to share your talents.
Care for Veterans
BAYADA proudly offers specialized support to our nation's veterans. They are eager to connect their patients with volunteers who have also served!
Administrative Support Volunteers
Help with mailings and other office tasks that are a key part of the care they provide.
For more information or if you would like to volunteer with Bayada Hospice please contact Monadnock RSVP at RSVP@mfs.org or by calling 603-357-6893
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.
Monadnock Habitat for Humanity - Keene Build Scheduled to begin in April -
Habitat for Humanity has procured a piece of property at 0 Armory Street. They are hoping to break ground in the spring of 2020. This spring they will be recruiting for “day of” volunteers but in the lead up to the build they are in need of some volunteers for specific roles. If you are interested in becoming involved please call our office at 357-6893 or email Jazmin at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Keene Community Kitchen -
Hot Meal Prep
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.
Wrap silverware for meals -
The Keene Community Kitchen is looking for volunteers to help wrap silverware in preparation for meals on Wednesday 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.
Help tutor adult learners with Keene Community Education -
Keene Community Education is an adult education center serving adult learners across Cheshire County through the Adult Learner Services (ALS) program. The ALS program serves adults who wish to improve their reading, writing or math skills for the purposes of passing the HiSET (formally the GED) or for the purpose of advancing basic academic skills (i.e. advancing beginning reading skills). The ALS program also serves adult immigrants who wish to improve their English reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills, as well as providing help with preparation to pass the U.S. Naturalization Test.
Volunteers at Keene Community Education work in one-on-one or small group tutorials and can choose the population they would like to work with-adult immigrant students working on English language skills, adult students working towards the goal of passing the HiSET, or adult students working on improving basic academic skills. Please note: those who wish to work with adult students working towards the goal of passing the HiSET have the choice of volunteering at our education center or at the Cheshire County House of Corrections. To best ensure tutorial success, volunteer tutors can expect to work with a student 2-4 hours per week with tutorials mainly taking place at the Keene Community Education office, the Keene Public Library, or the Cheshire County House of Corrections.
Volunteers can expect to get a high-level of support from the program coordinator regarding curriculum resources and professional development opportunities, so no previous teaching or tutorial experience is required. Enrollment as a volunteer is ongoing throughout the academic year but new tutors are expected to initially meet with the program coordinator and attend a "New Tutor Orientation."
Give your time to people who are working towards recovery! - Serenity Center -
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.
Rindge Food Pantry -
The Rindge Food Pantry is looking for people on Thursday afternoons between the hours of 2:00 and 6:00 who are willing to commit two hours or more a month.
Volunteers will help to fill bags with needed food, which include cans and frozen meat. Training will be provided!
The Pantry is also in search of drivers who would be willing to drive to Keene to pick up food donations and transport them back to the Pantry.
Please reach out to Jazmin either by phone at 283-1681 or email email@example.com for more details about volunteering with the Ringe Food Pantry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 352-5698.
Cedarcrest volunteer music opportunity -
Cedarcrest Center for Children with Disabilities in Keene is seeking a volunteer who can play an instrument or their piano once a week in the late afternoon/early evening to their children. But they are more than willing to work with you on dates and times. Volunteers should be comfortable around children with varying medical needs/conditions/complexities. This is an excellent opportunity to brighten children’s lives with the wonderful sound of music! If you would like to volunteer or need more information, please call Pat Dixe at RSVP 283-1686 and I will facilitate a connection to the Coordinator.
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. There are currently no drivers in the towns of Gilsum, Greenville, Hinsdale, Marlborough, Marlow, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Temple, Troy, Westmoreland, and Winchester.
Become an advocate with the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention: Crisis & Prevention Center (MCVP) -
Advocates help 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 for two different advocacy roles, neither role requires prior experience but both call for 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. Advocates also respond to local hospitals and police stations to support survivors, as well as screen in survivors seeking emergency shelter.
Specifics on the two roles are detailed below:
• Work in the MCVP office during regular hours (M-F, 8am-4pm). Office advocates can set their schedule and are free to work as many or as few hours as they wish.
• These advocates are not compensated financially.
Per diem advocates:
• Per Diem advocates 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.
• 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 email@example.com
Or you can visit www.mcvprevention.org to learn more about the organization.
Help seniors feel confident on their feet -
A Matter of Balance
Chances are you know someone who has fallen or is afraid of falling. Matter of Balance is a proven program designed to help people manage their concerns about falls, become more independent and learn falls are not a necessary part of aging. The program has been offered in Keene since 2015, but there is now a waiting list of participants.
Volunteer Coaches are needed to continue this valuable Fall Prevention program. Linda Cook, on behalf of Dartmouth, is looking for adults willing to co-facilitate and encourage small groups of older adults to share and learn practical strategies to manage falls and become more independent and active.
The only qualifications are good communication and interpersonal skills, enthusiasm, dependability, commitment and ability to lead low level exercises. Dartmouth is offering free training with ongoing support.
Call Linda Cook at 603-313-2931 to sign up or for more information!
Change a young persons life - Big Brothers Big Sisters -
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.
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.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Recruitment
603-626-4600, ext. 2106
Volunteers are needed at a therapeutic riding program - Touchstone Farm -
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.
Volunteer to bring cheer to our local seniors! -
Do you have some time and interests you’d like to share? Would you like to brighten the day of a senior in your area? Many of the agencies in the Monadnock region who provide care to our senior citizens are looking for help running or assisting activities.
Activities include things such as baking, arts and crafts, music, knitting, art, socializing, or possibly a unique hobby you would like to share.
Volunteers can expect to both give and receive enthusiasm and happiness and often become like extended family to the participants. If you are interested in learning more about a volunteering with seniors in our area please consider reaching out to one of the following agencies.
Monadnock Adult Care Center (MACC)
• The Monadnock Adult Care Center offers supportive and structured care during the day to adults with physical, emotional, or social challenges. Our mission is to improve the quality of life of our members, their families, and caregivers while we support an individual’s efforts to remain independent.
• Our program helps older adults remain in their homes as long as possible. It provides respite care for families. We offer activities that maintain or improve the physical, mental, and social well-being of our members.
• MACC is a partner agency of Monadnock RSVP if you are interested in volunteering with MACC please contact Jazmin Belcoure at firstname.lastname@example.org by calling 924-7350
Pheasant Wood Nursing Home
• Pheasant Wood Center offers short-term rehabilitation, as well as long-term care and Alzheimer's and dementia care. Pheasant Wood Center’s team of professionals is committed to maintaining or improving the quality of an individual’s life through the care we provide.
• If you are interested in volunteering at Pheasant Wood Nursing home please contact Judy Rousseau at Judy.A.Rousseau@gmail.com
The Castle Center
• Why stay at home when the Castle Center at HCS' Keene office is just around the corner offering entertainment, socializing, cards, games, arts and crafts, as well as peace and quiet.
• The Castle Center is available on weekdays from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for those who just need a little help, as well as those with more specific needs.
• Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are the days volunteers are most needed and the minimum commitment is for three months.
• For more information or to volunteer, please contact Catherine Braught, Nurse Manager at 355-8281.
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.
The Jaffrey Library needs “watchers” for the second floor. Due to limited staff the second floor and Historical section can only be opened during periods of time when volunteers can be present on the floor. Come spend a two hour shift working on a personal project or reading a book while being available to offer help and guidance to anyone who ventures upstairs. If you’re interested in volunteering please contact the Director, Julie Perrin at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about them, visit www.lindascloset.org or on Facebook.
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