How You Can Help After the Day of Caring

If You Missed Out On The Patriots Cheerleaders and Weren’t Able to Help Out at the Day of Caring, Here Are a Few Things You Can Do

The United Way Day of Caring is a single day event that mobilizes volunteers from all over the region in an effort to provide much needed service and support. This year’s event was an outstanding success. Here are a few quick statistics from yesterday:

  • 24th year the event has taken place
  • 41 Nashua-area organizations helped
  • 1,000s of people in need supported
  • 250 volunteers were mobilized
  • 1,500 hours of combined service were donated
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Team UPS Volunteers at Camp Carpenter

In addition to individual and corporate volunteers, the Day of Caring is made possible through sponsors like BAE Systems, Citywide Management Corporation, Etchstone Properties, MESH Interactive, Nashua Community College, St. Joseph Healthcare, Pennichuck and UPS.

Examples of projects completed included:

  • Repainting a field house for the YMCA;
  • Cleaning up Sullivan farm and erecting fences for the Salvation Army’s upcoming Applefest;
  • Inventory and shelve THREE PALETS of food for the CareGivers food drive;
  • Repairing walls at the Nashua Soup Kitchen;
  • Helping seniors at the Hunt Community with various chores like organizing storage and cleaning

Some of the organizations that were helped include:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
  • Bridges: Domestic & Sexual Violence Support
  • Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Family Promise of Greater Nashua: Anne-Marie House
  • Front Door Agency
  • Gateways Community Services
  • Girls Inc. of New Hampshire
  • Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity
  • Harbor Homes
  • Humane Society for Greater Nashua
  • Nashua Center
  • Nashua Senior Center
  • Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter
  • SNHS, Inc Head Start / Early Head Start
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Youth Council
  • YMCA of Greater Nashua
  • and more!
Rolf Goodwin, 2015 Max Silber Award recipient

Rolf Goodwin, 2015 Max Silber Award recipient

In addition to meeting the Patriots Cheerleaders, hearing from Mayor Lozeau, and enjoying a tasty continental style breakfast, volunteers cheered when Rolf Goodwin, Director, The McLane Law Firm, was awarded the Max Silber Award.

The award is presented to members of the Greater Nashua community who exemplify the ideals of community service and volunteerism. Silber Award recipients commit an inordinate amount of time in service to others through multiple organizations over several years. Rolf was recognized for his years of service as a volunteer, Board Member and time as Chairman of the Board.

Many people wanted, but weren’t able to help support these organizations this year. We had countless conversations with people who couldn’t get away from work, or weren’t in the area to take part in the event, and asked how they could help out. And it’s needed—and not just one day a year, but year ‘round. So we’re going to take a moment and highlight some of the organizations that have opportunities for volunteers. Please feel free to reach out to them directly for more information.

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua

Since 1971, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua has been serving the Greater Nashua’s youth with a variety of programming opportunities and services. Currently, the Club is looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Character & Leadership Development
  • Education & Career Development
  • The Arts
  • Health & Life Skills
  • Sports, Fitness & Recreation
  • and other areas

If you’re interested in supporting them as a volunteer, please visit their website, or contact Bree Cosgrove to discuss your interest and availability. You can reach her at 883-0523 x237 or by emailing bcosgrove@bgcn.com.

The Front Door Agency

Beginning in 1982 as the Emergency Assistance Program, initially providing $20,000 annually in support to those in need in the Greater Nashua area, the Front Door Agency offers support and provided services to assist individuals and families transition from crisis to self-sufficiency. The Front Door Agency is looking volunteers for:

  • Clerical support, including assisting with bulk mailings
  • Childcare providers on occasion
  • Perform dump runs
  • Assist with furniture deliveries
  • Fundraising
  • Landscaping
  • Light maintenance of properties

If you’re interested in supporting them as a volunteer, please visit their website, or contact Nancy at npaige@frontdooragency.org or call 603-886-2866.

Gateways Community Services

Since 1981 Gateways has worked to develop programs to meet the changing and emerging needs of those challenged by developmental and/or physical disability. In 2012, Gateways volunteers donated more than 3,000 hours’ of time to the Greater Nashua area. They currently need volunteers to help with:

  • Clerical and Office Support (filing, scanning, data entry, etc.)
  • Special Bulk Mailings
  • Completing Consumer Surveys
  • Fundraising Events
  • Meal Preparation and Facilitating Activities at the Adult Day Service Program
  • Maintenance Projects (painting, cleaning, landscaping, etc.)

If you’re interested in supporting them as a volunteer, please visit their website, or connect with the Staff Development Coordinator at volunteer@gatewayscs.org,

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One Greater Nashua Volunteers

Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter

Since 1981 the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter provides food and shelter to those in the Greater Nashua area in need. The agency strives to advocate, create, and operate programs and services that promote dignity and self-sufficiency for those we serve. The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter currently needs volunteers to help with:

  • Breakfast Crew – Kitchen
  • Receiving/Sorting/Shelving – Pantry
  • Food Pantry Attendant
  • Evening Meal Prep – Kitchen
  • Food Pantry Assistant
  • Dinner Crew – Kitchen

If you’re interested in supporting them as a volunteer, please visit their website, or call their Community Outreach Manager, Carol at 889-7770 Ext 21.

Please Help Your Local Support Organizations

If you’re unable to donate time, please consider being an advocate, sharing a story, or donating today. Just $5/week will provide 4 children with dinner for a month.


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