Upper Valley Humane Society Partners with Friends Feeding Friends

The @Upper Valley Humane Society brought their Mobile Pet Food Pantry to our Friends Feeding Friends Canaan pantry October 24.  Our pantries do try to keep pet food available and the UVHS also has a pet food pantry at their site in Enfield.  Pictured above is Charity Piper of UVHS, Lana Evans of FFF, Carolyn Cusick of FFF and Julia Murray of UVHS.  Community organizations are stronger together!

The @Upper Valley Humane Society brought their Mobile Pet Food Pantry to our Friends Feeding Friends Canaan pantry October 24. Our pantries do try to keep pet food available and the UVHS also has a pet food pantry at their site in Enfield. Pictured above is Charity Piper of UVHS, Lana Evans of FFF, Carolyn Cusick of FFF and Julia Murray of UVHS. Community organizations are stronger together!

Warm Winter Clothing & Coat Giveaway October 20th, 9 a.m. to noon

Realizing your kids grew 4 inches over the summer?

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  • 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. Please reach out if you would like to donate clean, gently used items in excellent condition or new items. Call Beth at 603.306.6058 or email info@friendsofmascoma.org.

Date: Saturday, October 20th
Time: 9 a.m. to Noon
Where: Canaan Fire Station, Canaan, NH (Follow the Signs)

WARM WINTER ITEMS AVAILABLE in infant through adult sizes! Bring your own bag to fill!




New Hampshire Tackles Hunger

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We are elated to report that our MVRSD Sports department headed by John Kelly participated in the New Hampshire Food Bank sponsored food drive with WMUR-TV and the NHAA. On September 22, 453 pounds of food was donated and 175 pounds of food was purchased with WMUR-TV donated gift certificates to Hannafords. This was a grand total of 628 pounds of food which was given to the MVRHS Pantry. Way to go, caring community!

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 & Coat Giveaway OCTOBER 20

Realizing your kids grew 4 inches over the summer?

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  • 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. Call Beth at 603.306.6058 or info@friendsofmascoma.org.

Get in touch now if you want to donate clean, gently used items.

Date: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 is the GIVEAWAY

Time: 9 a.m. to Noon

Where: Canaan Fire Station, Canaan, NH (Follow the Signs)

WARM WINTER ITEMS AVAILABLE in infant through adult sizes! Bring your own bag to fill!




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.

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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!