With more than twenty Greater Nashua Non-profits needing support, we wanted to highlight some of the organizations that you—and your neighbors—will be helping out.
The United Way of Greater Nashua’s Day of Caring has become a major event here in the city and the surrounding communities. On September 16th, hundreds of volunteers from around the area will come together to support the region’s non-profit community in towns like Hollis, Amherst, Milford and (of course) Nashua.
The Day of Caring highlights our mission: “To make measurable improvements in people’s lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.” On this day we’ll bring together citizens from all over the Greater Nashua region to deliver on this promise to non-profits in need.
While we can’t cover all of them, we’d like to highlight some of the non-profits we’re helping in the coming weeks before the event, and hope that you’ll join your neighbors and support these essential community organizations with your time.
Humane Society for Greater Nashua
Since 1900, The Humane Society for Greater Nashua is a non-profit that cares for more than 2,000 pets each year (2,089 last year in fact). Comprised of volunteers, the caring staff helps animals in need, while providing community education on issues surrounding animals.
The HSGN is critical to the towns surrounding Nashua, because, as the second largest shelter of its kind in the state, the shelter does not receive any funds from national organizations, according to an article in New Hampshire Homes. To help support animals in need, nurture babies, provide temporary homes, and deliver medical care, HSGN relies on local donations.
Beaver Brook Association
Located in Hollis, Beaver Brook is a non-profit educational organization that started with just 12 acres of land in 1964. Tens of thousands of visitors come to Beaver Brook each year to experience an important natural refuge. They learn about interrelationships in the natural world on 2,200 acres of protected land that now includes Hollis, Milford and Brookline.
BBA is an important resource to the Greater Nashua area because it provides education about and encourages conservation of natural resources. In addition, there are 30 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and more. We like to support BBA because “living united” isn’t just about addressing the challenges, but also making sure that we’re contributing to a thriving community, and BBA does exactly that.
Dedicated to helping survivors and victims of sexual and domestic violence since 1977, Bridges provides a positive support system to Southern New Hampshire communities and “offers support and options to individuals who need to talk, need information, or feel alone, afraid, or hopeless”. A non-profit with offices in Milford and Nashua, provides people with crisis intervention, support groups, court advocacy, emergency shelter, education, and more.
Why is Bridges important? According to the 2007 NH Violence Against Women Report, and the 2009 NH Violence Against Men Report, “It is estimated that 33.4% of women, and 24% of men in New Hampshire have experienced a physical assault by an intimate partner.” Bridges is key to the Greater Nashua community because the Bridges team provides safe, non-discriminate services to anyone in need, without regard for age, gender, race, or financial status. Rich or poor, young or old, domestic and sexual violence can happen to anyone.
What Do These Three (and Twenty-Something Other) Nashua-area Non-profits Need from You?
It’s simple, and won’t cost you a dollar. Your time, for one day. It could be with a paint brush, or a broom, or a saw, hammer or screw driver. You’ll probably get dirty, but you’ll be with good friends and neighbors, and you might even make a few new ones.
Do Nashua a favor, take a look at who we’re helping out, find someone (or something) you care about, and sign up to participate in Day of Caring today. Join the United Way of Greater Nashua in making our community a little bit brighter for one day.