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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, please call: 357-6893.

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
  Volunteering as Pandemic Restrictions Begin to Lift   - 
  Many of our partner agencies have started to reopen their volunteer roles with modified procedures and requirements. There are many avenues available for you to serve the community, in whatever capacity and at whatever level you fill comfortable interacting with the public. We still 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 available agency volunteer roles. 

  Help Women Rejoin the Workforce - Linda's Closet  - 
  Procedures and schedule may be different due to COVID-19 however they are still seeking new volunteers.
Clothing Consultant –
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
 

  Volunteer Drivers are Needed! (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 jbelcoure@mfs.org or call 603-924-7350 to learn about new safety procedures and determine if this is a volunteer role you feel comfortable with. 

  Deliver meals with Meals on Wheels  - 
  Meals on Wheels is a staple service for seniors throughout the Monadnock Region. Not only do they deliver affordable/free nutritious meals to home bound seniors and those with disabilities or chronic illness, but the daily check in from drivers allows for a consistent wellness check and provides peace of mind for both the recipient and their family. Delivery drivers are needed in; Rindge, Jaffrey, Antrim, Hancock, Peterborough, Greenville, and Francestown. The pickup location for meals varies depending on the route. Drivers can volunteer one day a week or five. Mileage reimbursement may be available for some (but not all) routes. If you are interested in learning more about what meal delivery would entail and the requirements for becoming a driver, please reach out to Jazmin at jbelcoure@mfs.org or by calling the office at 603-357-6893
 

  Volunteer to help Adult Learners  - 
  Project Lift
Help adult learners reach their goals by becoming a volunteer for Project LIFT.
Project Lift offers free, confidential, one-to-one and small group instruction to adults in Hillsborough and surrounding towns who wish to improve their basic skills, learn English, or prepare for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
They have several volunteer opportunities; Tutors, Tech Assistants, ELL Conversation Group Facilitator, and Learning Lounge Assistant. ProjectLIFT is based in the Fuller Public Library and serves Hillsborough and surrounding towns including, Antrim Bennington Hancock and Peterborough. For more information regarding Project LIFT please reach out to Jazmin at jbelcoure@mfs.org or call the office at 603-357-6893

Keene Community Education (In community or home)
Keene Community Education is looking for volunteers who want to help adult learners in our area. Our two main programs, teaching English as a second language and teaching adults who need their high school equivalency certificate, are in need of tutors who can work one-on-one with students or who can work in a classroom setting. Flexible hours, 'job' satisfaction, and plenty of fun guaranteed! Contact Pat at PDixe@mfs.org or give us a call at 357-6893.
 

  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!

Please reach out to Jazmin either by phone at 283-1681 or email jbelcoure@mfs.org for more details about volunteering with the Rindge Food Pantry.
 

  Train to be a Hospice Volunteer (In Home)  - 
  Hospice Volunteers Change Lives...
Bayada is looking for volunteers to share their time and talents. Volunteers are not currently being placed, however if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, training is available remotely.

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
 

  Monadnock Habitat for Humanity - Seeking Board Members  - 
  The Board of Directors for Monadnock Habitat for Humanity is preparing for their next build! Having a fulling flushed out board is imperative for them to continue with the planning and implementation of the next project. While building assistance is essential, there is much that goes on in the background that needs volunteer assistance. Please take some time to consider how you would like to contribute your time or other resources to help them in their mission. If you are interested in becoming involved please call our office at 357-6893 or email Jazmin at jbelcoure@mfs.org 

  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 jbelcoure@mfs.org

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
materials.

Registration volunteers are using disinfectant to wipe down registration materials between
each donor. 

  Monadnock Community Hospital Volunteers  - 
  As the vaccine roll out continues The Monadnock Community Hospital has begun to phase volunteers back into their roles, starting with the Gift Shop volunteers. As things continue to progress more and more opportunities will become available and we encourage you you to keep the Hospital in mind as you think about how you would like to serve the community. Opportunities will be available that fit almost any schedule, 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 jbelcoure@mfs.org or by calling 352-5698. 

  Become an advocate with the Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention: Crisis & Prevention Center (MCVP) (In Home)  - 
  AAdvocates for those surviving domestic abuse are critical right now, MCVP 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.
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.
• 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 edcoordinator@mcvprevention.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 Google Classroom 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
•Transportation
•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:
Diane Valladares
Director of Recruitment
diane@casanh.org
603-626-4600, ext. 2106
 

  Neighbors Can Help Their Neighbors Stay Independent in Their Homes  - 
  Things are starting to open up again, in both the community and with Neighbors-In-Deed. With restrictions easing it is important to note that we have not lifted all protocols. RSVP is following the guidelines of our parent organization, Monadnock Family Services, and most importantly we don’t want anyone going outside of their own personal comfort levels.

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:

If you’re interested in learning more about the program, or who is currently waiting for a volunteer. Please reach out to Jazmin at jbelcoure@mfs.org or by calling the office at 603-357-6893

Neighbors-In-Deed Profiles

Greenfield
• This 64 year old woman is living with her daughter in Greenfield. She relocated here from the coast after being diagnosed with cancer and due to complications from the treatment and a preexisting condition cannot get out of the house without assistance. She is a sweet woman with a charming sense of humor she likes to work on crafts and is very much in need of some company. She is deaf and communicates primarily through signing, lip reading and hand gestures so in this time of mask wearing a person who can sign or is comfortable with nonverbal communication would be needed, preferably a woman, who loves animals as her daughter has a small farm. Activities could be confined to the home, but as her health improves, covid numbers go down and communication with a volunteer strengthens getting out into the community would be wonderful.

Keene
• 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 woman is in her mid 70’s and living alone in Keene and hoping to find a volunteer to spend some time with. She uses a walker and needs to bring her oxygen tank with her and leaving her apartment without out help causes her some anxiety. She would love to start getting out for walks now that the weather is nicer and could use some help getting to the grocery store. She has one cat and is hoping for an older woman.

• This woman has a great sense of humor and is always very appreciative of help. 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, and in non-covid times, going to the Dollar Store, craft fairs, and trying new things. For the time being someone to sit and chat with outside would be a blessing. She uses an electric scooter to get around town. Her apartment is small and neat, and she has lovely Raggedy Ann collection. Getting out of the house is becoming progressively harder for her. 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 59 year old woman has recently moved to Keene. She is in need of help with grocery shopping and getting to the bank. Her interests include flower arranging and cooking, and once restrictions lift, 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 89 woman lives in 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 74 year old woman was born in Brooklynn and has lived all over the country, including FL, MA, PA, and White river Junction in Vermont, but she has been here for the past sixteen years. She learned of our program from another NID care recipient and is hoping once restrictions lift to find a volunteer who can help with grocery shopping and picking up prescriptions, but also someone who will want to go out for fun activities like the movies or local museums or lunch. She is very easy to talk with and does not have preference of a man or woman. She has a Yorkshire Terrier and enjoys reading science fiction and horror.

Rindge
• This woman is in 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 many years ago. 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. Once people are comfortable with driving she is hoping for some assistance with running errands such as going for groceries, or to the farm stand, or pharmacy.

Spofford
• This woman is in her mid 70’s and living with her daughter and son-in-law. She is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and hoping to find a volunteer who would like to help her stay active and engaged. She is a vibrant woman who is used to being actively involved in the community. Originally from Connecticut, she retired to Maine where she loved to go for long walks and was on the board of her local library. She would very much like to find a volunteer who would enjoy walking, and once restrictions lift, going for drives, visiting the Chesterfield or Keene Library’s or helping her with some grocery shopping. She is a lively conversationalist and has no preference on being matched with a man or a woman. There are two cats and one golden retriever/lab mix in the house.

Swanzey
• This woman in her 90s and is living in 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 had been discharged 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.

Winchester
• This gentleman is in his mid 60’s and is now living on this own after being in a nursing home for a bit as he rehabbed from some health troubles. He alternates between a walker and a wheelchair, depending on the day. He would be happy to have a friendly caller but hopes that once the pandemic is over that person would like to work on building models, playing checkers or chess or working on puzzles, as well as someone who would like to go out for coffee. He is a smoker, although he's on the patch right now, and he doesn't smoke in the apartment.  

   
 
         

     
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