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.
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
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
Summer Garden Volunteers -
This summer when the sun is out and it is once again warm The Cornucopia Project will seeking school-garden care-takers for the duration of the summer with the option to participate in the fall school garden program. Check on the garden weekly, weed and water as needed. If you are interested please contact Laurn at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Suspended until Further Notice* 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."
*Suspended until Further Notice* 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.
*Suspended until Further Notice* 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.
*Suspended until Further Notice* Teach school children to garden - Cornucopia Project -
The Cornucopia Project is currently seeking volunteers for their Garden Team! For 7 weeks they deliver garden-based educational classes to elementary school students through out the Con-Val school district.
Program Period: The week of April 29th through the week of June 10th
Classes are 1 hour long and include a weekly theme for building students’ knowledge.
You’ll be helping students prepare the raised beds, plant seeds,transplant seedlings, build trellises, and learn to maintain their Spring garden.
This position involves kneeling, lifting, and the general labor of garden work.
Volunteers should have experience working with children and be willing to brave the Springtime elements.
It is possible to only volunteer at one school, however if there is more interest than need, priority will be given to volunteers who can commit to the entire day.
If you're interested in this role or would like to learn more please reach out to Jazmin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
*Suspended until further notice* 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.
*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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
*Suspended until Further Notice* 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 email@example.com. To learn more about them, visit www.lindascloset.org or on Facebook.
*Suspended until Further Notice* 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.
*Suspended until Further Notice* 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.
*Suspended until Further Notice* 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.
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