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The Friends Program, is a non-profit human service organization, administratively based in Concord, with offices in Concord, Laconia, Newport, Somersworth and Portsmouth. The mission of the Friends Program is to strengthen communities by building relationships that empower people, encourage community service and restore faith in the human spirit. The Friends oversees five programs including an Emergency Housing Shelter, the Junior Senior Friends youth mentoring program, the Foster Grandparent Program and the Interfaith Caregivers Program and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Friends serve more than 4500 children, older adults and families in six New Hampshire counties, through the efforts of 1000 volunteers. To learn more about the Friends Program visit www.friendsprogram.org.
RSVP, a Senior Corps initiative, taps the skills, talents, and experience of more than half a million Americans age 55 and older to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. The Friends RSVP, serving in Rockingham and Strafford Counties, mobilizes citizens age 55 and older to meet community needs by sharing their time and talent through meaningful volunteer activities at more than 85 non-profit and municipal organizations. More than 600 RSVP volunteers serve in local senior nutrition programs; provide isolation reducing companionship at local nursing homes and hospitals; serve as tutors and mentors for youth; help older adults live more independently by providing transportation to medical appointments and the grocery store and help community organizations operate more efficiently.
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