Pennies for Change program at The Food Coop Stores Benefits Friends of Mascoma in September

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The Pennies for Change Program is a charitable giving program at the @Coop Food Stores. Customers can donate their change to the designated community partners by rounding up to the next full dollar amount. During the whole month of SEPTEMBER, FOM will receive 30% of the collected funds. This is such an awesome program that last year we were awarded almost $6000 during the month of July.  Please think of participating when shopping. There are 4 other charities benefiting so it is all Win! Win! Tell your cashier to "round it up"! Every penny makes a difference.

 

 

Warm Winter Clothing Collection Begins Soon

Realizing your kids grew 4 inches over the summer?

 Dates and additional information coming soon.

Dates and additional information coming soon.

  • Please hang on to those warm, winter clothes and layers in like-new condition and consider donating them to a neighbor in need.
  • Don't panic if you need something outside your budget - there are always great finds.

Each year Beth Felix leads the charge in collecting Warm Winter Clothing & Coats for children and families in the Mascoma District. We are confirming the date and location for the Giveaway and will set a Collection schedule based on that date.

Watch for details!

Harvest Season is Here - the Friends Feeding Friends Food Pantries Welcome Fresh Garden Veggies

Overrun with fresh-picked, delicious garden veggies?

Donations are gratefully accepted during regular pantry hours at the Friends Feeding Friends Food Pantries (see poster below).

Know a family in the Mascoma Valley who needs additional food resources? Pass our pantry information on! Friends Feeding Friends also generously shares resources with the pantry operated by the high school. Want to volunteer? Please email food@friendsofmascoma.org.

 Thank you to all who have donated this harvest season!

Thank you to all who have donated this harvest season!

Enfield Old Home Days Parade & Chicken Poo Bingo

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FOM got a little groovy at the Decades-themed Enfield Old Home Days Parade.

Chicken Poo Bingo

Our test-run of Chicken Poo Bingo at the Sunday EOHD Country Fair proved to be highly entertaining for children of all ages. Watch for this event to return next year with higher stakes.

Thank you to the Enfield Old Home Days Committee for hosting and to our many awesome volunteers for making the weekend events fun!

Canaan Old Home Days Parade

Another fast-paced and lively Canaan Old Home Days Parade.

This year the theme was Board Games and we picked ✏️ Yahtzee! 🎲🎲🎲🎲🎲

A bit of rain could not damped the FOM COHD Parade Crew's spirits! Our volunteers handed out plenty of candy and POP Bucks for Vital Communities. to be used at the local Farmers' Markets. See a short video of our Yahtzee parade entry on our Facebook page. We even won a few prizes; Lana gets credit for the great idea! Many thanks to the Canaan Old Home Days Committee for hosting such a fun event and to our volunteers for decorating another winning entry! See you next year!

 Lana as our Yahtzee Board

Lana as our Yahtzee Board

 We even won a few prizes.

We even won a few prizes.

 FOM Yahtzee Crew - the Official Score Keeper was almost sleeping on the job

FOM Yahtzee Crew - the Official Score Keeper was almost sleeping on the job

 A few of the decorations

A few of the decorations

Mini-Grant Deadline - October 1st!

 Apply Today!

Apply Today!

The 2018-2019 school year is off to a hot and sweaty start, but that has not diminished the enthusiasm we see from educators in our district! Our next mini-grant deadline is October 1st, be sure to remind the MVRSD employees you know about this exciting program. More information and the application can be found at: http://friendsofmascoma.org/mini-grants/.

2018 Scholarship Recipients

Senior awards night is one of our favorite nights of the year! The energy and support from family and friends during the ceremony is always incredible. This year we are pleased to announce we awarded the scholarships listed below. These scholarships were made possible by our generous donors and we thank everyone for their support.

• $1,500 Roberta Hines and Jerry Liebrand Healthcare Scholarship in Memory of Sadie Seamans Awarded to Elizabeth Jones
• $1,500 Roberta Hines and Jerry Liebrand Science Scholarship in Memory of Velma Hines Awarded to Sydney Thompson
• $1,500 Roberta Hines and Jerry Liebrand Teaching Scholarship in Memory of Verne Hines Awarded to Emmaka Selby
• $1,000 Carolyn A. Cusick Trust Teaching Scholarship Awarded to Emmaka Selby
• $1,000 Malformity Labs Women in STEM Scholarship Awarded to Tori Sweet
• $1,000 Malformity Labs STEM Scholarship Awarded to Olivia Salamy
• $500 Calvin Hackeman Scholarship Awarded to Spencer Stebbins
• $1,000 Friends of Mascoma Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Kayla Hammond
• $1,000 Friends of Mascoma Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Bria Dow
• $1,000 Friends of Mascoma Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Julia Fox
• $1,000 Friends of Mascoma Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Owen Schneider
• $1,000 Friends of Mascoma Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Jordan Peck
• $1,000 Friends of Mascoma Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Megan Jette
• $1,000 Friends of Mascoma Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Kerrigan Stone
• $1,000 Friends of Mascoma Foundation Scholarship Awarded to Russell Holland

WE ARE THANKFUL TO OUR DONORS WHO PARTICIPATED IN NHGIVES THIS YEAR TO HELP US REPLENISH OUR SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS FOR 2019.  WE RAISED OVER $20,000 IN 24 HOURS.  SEE THE REPORT OF HOW WE DID FURTHER IN THIS NEWSLETTER.

Power of Produce at Canaan Farmers and Artisans' Market

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POP Clubs Help Kids Learn About and Eat Local Produce

As part of our Friends Feeding Friends program, we like to share news about local food opportunities. Kids can get a taste of local fruits and vegetables this summer—plus their very own money to spend on fresh, local produce—with the new Power of Produce (POP) Club, happening every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm right at the Canaan Farmers and Artisans' Market June 24th through August 12th!

Power of Produce Clubs are simple, fun, and free. Children sign up at the POP table and start the day’s activity—a farm stand scavenger hunt, a vegetable quiz, an art project, or another produce-related activity. Once they complete the activity, they return to the POP table to receive their POP Bucks: $3 tokens just for kids to spend on local fruits and vegetables here at the farm stand. Kids ages 4-12 can participate once or all summer.

So tell your family and friends, bring your kids, and get a taste for POP! They just might start shopping for their own vegetables. Every Sunday this summer from 10 am to 2 pm.

Vital Communities is supporting the POP Clubs this summer, as well as 13 other POP Clubs across the Upper Valley with funding from the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food, HNH Foundation, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Thank You for Supporting NH Gives!

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Together, we did it! During the official NH Gives 24-hour period of giving (6 pm on 6/6 until 6 pm on 6/7) a whopping 180 unique donors gave Friends of Mascoma a total of $20,255. An additional five donors and four prizes helped bring our overall total to $22,370!

We thank you for your outpouring of support! Our nerves are finally settling down after the past 24 hours of excitement, this was the biggest fundraising rally we have ever experienced. Your donations to our scholarship fund, time spent bugging friends and family to donate, and words of encouragement were truly amazing.

Guess what else? In addition to the many generous donations, we won four prizes:

  • $250 Most Raised - 9 pm to 10 am
  • $250 Regional Prize - Upper Valley - Most Raised - 6 pm to 3 pm
  • $500 Top 10 - Most Raised - 6 pm to 6 am
  • $1,000 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Power of Many - Most Raised from 6 pm to 6 pm

We also technically had the most donors overall and if you scroll to the bottom of this email, you will see a snapshot of the leader board that shows our ranking.

NH Gives was not only a success for us, it was a success for nonprofits throughout New Hampshire. From 6 pm yesterday to 6 pm today 252 nonprofits benefited from 3,787 donors who gave $407,130.70. What a day!

Thank you again for your tremendous support!

Holly, Kate, Carol, Liz, Matt, Beth, Andrew, and Theresa
The Friends of Mascoma Board of Directors

The New Hampshire Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry is Visiting us on June 2

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Our wonderful partners, the New Hampshire Food Bank will bring their Mobile Food Pantry to the Mascoma Valley on Saturday, June 2, at 11:00 AM.   Food will be given away First Come, First Serve.  

We will be located at the lower left parking Lot at the MVRHS.  In case of extreme weather look for us in the High School Cafeteria.

No ID required or registration.  Bring a cloth bag if there is any produce available.

Need more info:  Call our Hotline:  802-276-0189 or email: food@friendsofmascoma.org

Want to volunteer?  Please come at 10:00 AM to help the Food Bank set up and distribute.

 

NH Gives Fundraising & Unselfie Challenge

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NH Gives is almost here and we are super excited! Last year we raised over $16,000 for our scholarship fund during NH Gives and we hope to do the same this year. In order to be as successful as last year, we need your help!

Here are some easy ways that you can help:

  • Sign up to be a fundraising champion. Go to our NH Gives profile, click the "Fundraise" button, and follow the prompts to set up your fundraising profile. First fundraising champion to raise $1,000 wins a Friends of Mascoma t-shirt!
  • Participate in the unselfie challenge on Facebook. Download the PDF sign, print it and write why you are supporting Friends of Mascoma, and post it to our Facebook page with the hashtags #unselfie #nhgives and #friendsofmascoma.
  • Ask five of your friends and family members to donate $5 to Friends of Mascoma.
  • Tell everyone you know about NH Gives and the great local nonprofits who are participating.

Want more information? Email info@friendsofmascoma.org. Thank you in advance for your support!

Snacks for Schools Drive Collects 286 Pounds!

Many thanks to Twin State (NH/VT) Positivity Club and Volunteer Flash Mob for organizing the Snack for Schools Food Drive. The Drive brought in a wide variety of single-serving, non-perishable snacks in all shapes, sizes, and forms and even utensils. We also received much appreciated monetary donations and reusable bags.

Thank you to Jessica Bishop Grace, Tim Lenihan, Amity Alize, Bridget Labrie, Canaan Hardware, Canaan House of PizzaCommunity Lutheran Church, Enfield House of Pizza, Family Pharmacy, Raq on Dance and everyone who contributed, shared news about our drive, and transported items and organized. Special thanks Lana Evans for keeping tally for us throughout the month!

Teachers and staff offer these snacks to fuel our young learners in all four schools throughout the day so they may focus on their studies. While this Drive is over, snacks and other donations are always needed and appreciated any time of the year. We are sharing a list of ideas for single-serving snacks in case you are looking for inspiration. Snacks of all sizes are welcomed; the single-serving ones are geared for easy distribution and often sent to the schools.

Interested in hosting a Food Drive through your organization or for a special occasion like a birthday? E-mail us at food@friendsofmascoma.org

Seasons of Growth Tapestry Hanging & Student Art Display

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April 5th was a blustery and cold day, but that did not discourage a good crowd from attending the Seasons of Growth tapestry hanging and student art display! Becky Powell, Chris Morse, and Dave Shinnlinger shared details on how they worked with the students to help the tapestry come to life: from building the loom, to creating the artwork that inspired the design, to weaving. It was truly a community project and we thank everyone who helped along the way. To see more photos please visit us on Facebook.

NH Gives to Benefit the Scholarship Fund

Friends of Mascoma Foundation and other local nonprofits are participating in NH Gives again this year. NH Gives is a 24-hour period from June 6th to June 7th were nonprofits are celebrated. This is our third year participating in this great event.

We are raising money for our scholarship fund again this year and need your help! If you would like to help hang posters, set up a personal fundraising page, or donate a prize to encourage donors please email Holly West at hspwest@friendsofmascoma.org.

 

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