Member Profile

Cornerstone VNA

Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice organization, was founded in 1913 and proudly serves 38 communities in New Hampshire and Maine. Our mission is to promote the optimum level of well-being, independence, and dignity of those living in the community by providing trusted, compassionate, and expert health care.

Cornerstone VNA places great value on transforming the home health care experience and is proud to provide care for all ages, from birth through end of life.  We are committed to the philosophy that the needs of each patient are best served by the thoughtful integration of specialized programs and services delivered by a multidisciplinary team of professionals.  Currently, our team provides skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, social work, and volunteer support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty, and Community Care. Offering a wide range of specialized services, such as wound and ostomy care, IV therapy, diabetes education, chronic care management, and behavioral health, Cornerstone VNA is known for providing advanced care for patients with complex needs and chronic illnesses.  Cornerstone VNA also offers a sophisticated Telehealth Program, a special in-home health monitoring system with video capabilities, which has proven to improve the quality of life and reduce hospital readmissions for high-risk patients.  With our deep commitment to providing high-quality care, Cornerstone VNA continues to be recognized for excellence, and many of our clinicians have been recognized with professional awards for their outstanding achievements.

As a nonprofit organization, Cornerstone VNA is also proud to offer complimentary programs and services that have a positive impact on our local communities. Through our Community Care program, we provide free monthly wellness clinics throughout our service area as well as an Educational Series, which is open to community members, businesses and health professionals.  We also provide support to local caregivers through our annual Caregivers Connect event and through our monthly Caregiver Cafés.  Additional community programs include fall preventions classes and grief support groups.

To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call (800) 691-1133.

Posted on: Monday, December 10, 2018

North Country Community Recreation Center

Built in 2005, the North Country Community Recreation Center offers indiviual recreation on a donation basis.  Our mission is to inspire our community to maximize its health and well-being.  The Rec Center has an indoor swimming pool and outdoor seasonal ice rink,a large playground, bocce and volleyball courts, and picnic facilities.  A senior's wellness program, swim lessons, swim team, ice skating lessons, rec hockey team; as well as the Dixville Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot are a few of the programs offered. 

Visit our website or call 603 237-4019

Posted on: Monday, November 26, 2018

Rye Historical Society

Rye Historical Society is an all volunteer organization formed in 1976, with the mission to interpret the town's rich history through free public programming held at Rye Public Library ,trolly tours, events, community outreach and liasing with the local schools and other organizations.Through the Town Museum, the RHS shares the history of Rye with exhibits from its collection of artifacts and photographs, highlighting important and interesting aspects of the town's past. The RHS is a research resource for town residents, local schools, academics, as well as out of towners with roots in Rye.

Our Trolly Tours, which take place annually on Memorial, July 4th  & Labor Days has been a wonderful sellout this season, with visitors even following along behind in their cars when it has sold out of Trolly seating.

Along with this is a new self guided tour found through the IZI.Travel app. The Rye Beach tour can be downloaded to your smart  device (or your computer for arm chair travel), and the tour can be narrated, or you can read as you walk along to the 25 locations where the history is decribed of summer Inns, Boarding Houses, Hotels from the turn of the 20th century. Images for each stop show the original and  present building. Check it out! We hope to develop more walking tours such as this in the future.

We are exciting to launch a new exhibit opening May 2019 highlighting textiles from our collection which have never been shared publically.

We are also supporting ongoing efforts to commemorate the approaching 400 year celebration of European settlement on Odiorne Point. Follow through our newletter found on our website our programming  and progress of RYE 1623.

Rye Historical Society has a presence on: FaceBook

the web at (NH required or you'll be visiting Rye,NY), & usually events can be found in the Portsmouth Herald.

Physically we are located at

10 Olde Parsons Rd

Rye, NH 03870

Posted on: Thursday, November 1, 2018

Seacoast Outright

Seacoast Outright is celebrating its 25th year supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and their allies in the Seacoast area and beyond. Our youth group meetings allow LGBTQ+ youth the freedom to explore issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity in a safe place, supervised by experienced adult facilitators. We also host and coordinate events to raise visibility and create safe spaces and positive collaborations between youth and the community at large. Our largest annual event is Portsmouth PRIDE. Seacoast Outright is solely funded by donations and small grants. We provide youth and parents support groups as well as offering safe and accepting activities for our youth to attend.  Seacoast Outright continues to work hard to provide training, support, and resources to the Seacoast Community and its surrounding areas. 

In June 2019 we will be putting on our 5th Annual Portsmouth Pride event which brings in thousands of people from all over the area. Outright recently teamed up with Chase Home and New Height on a grant through Exeter Hospital to create the Seacoast Youth Suicide Prevention Network which provides training and support. 

Individuals who would like to learn more about our organization can check out our website at and our Facebook page. They can also email any inquires to

Posted on: Monday, October 29, 2018

Community Caregivers of Greater Derry

Community Caregivers of Greater Derry was formed in 1988 by a group of concerned citizens who saw a need among local elderly and disabled residents for practical assistance and support.  We provide free medical transportation, grocery shopping, errands, friendly visits and in-home assistance, loan out durable medical equipment, and help our clients maintain and repair their homes. All services are provided for free by trained and vetted volunteers committed to our mission.

Our Mission:  Enriching lives and supporting individuals to remain independent through a companssionate volunteer community.

Our Vision:  Improving the quality of life for everyone we serve.

Our Values:  Compassion, Respect, Dedication, Excellence, Reliability

Community Caregivers is celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year!  In August, we had a Celebratory BBQ in honor of clients, volunteers, and supporters at Mack's Apples Orchard in Londonderry, NH.  Gabi's Smoke Shack doled out chicken, ribs, and all the fixin's and Just Chill'N supplied frozen treats for everyone.  The duo Banded Starlings played folk/pop music and the crowd played corn hole, badminton, and bocce ball.  We had lots of sponsors and tons of giveaways and folks enjoyed the overall low-key feel of this type of event!  Here's to another 30 years!

Visit our website at or find us on Facebook

Posted on: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tri-City Consumers' Action Co-Op

A Peer Support Agency that provides a non-medical approach to wellness and recovery for individuals with mental illness over the age of 18 year and who reside in Strafford County.

Our Annual meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM.

Visist our website at

Posted on: Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Breakthrough Manchester at Derryfield School

The dual missions of Breakthrough Manchester are to launch promising Manchester middle school students, particularly those with limited opportunities, on the path to college while inspiring high school and college students to pursue careers in education. 

We do this by:

  • Recruiting and selectively admitting high-potential sixth graders with limited opportunities from Manchester middle schools for a tuition-free, six-year program
  • Providing three rigorous, joyful academic summers and school year supports to admitted students on the Derryfield campus
  • Connecting students with Breakthrough's College Bound program at Southern New England University for mentoring and skillbuilding during high school years
  • Recruiting, training, mentoring and supporting college students, and some local high-achieving high school students, as excellent teachers
  • Engaging a broad array of stakeholders in understanding, promoting, funding and championing both missions of Breakthrough. 

A partnership between the Manchester community and The Derryfield School, Breakthrough Manchester was founded in 1991 as “Summerbridge Manchester.”  In its 27th year – with a name which reflects the year-round nature of today's program - Breakthrough Manchester is a tuition-free, college-preparatory program for promising but underserved middle school students and a teacher-training program for high-achieving high school and college students. Featuring intensive summer sessions and school-year Saturday enrichment, Breakthrough Manchester has supported the academic success of over 1,000 Manchester students while recruiting, training and challenging more than 800 college and high-school students from across the city and country to pursue careers in education. 

We welcome community members to experience our award-winning program first-hand to meet our hard-working students and high-energy teachers. Please call us at 603.641.9426 to learn more about Breakthrough Manchester or set up a visit.

In 2017, we served 93 students in our summer program on the Derryfield campus. Of these students, 60% met 3 or 4 of the following criteria:

  • would be first in family to attend college
  • students of color
  • qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • English as a second language in the home
  • single parent, caregiver substitute, foster family or homeless

And 9% met all five of the above.

In the summer of 2018, our program served 109 students of which 19% met all five of the above criteria. We continue to build the program and reach many first generation families providing valuable services for students to thrive and find a pathway to college, therefore enhancing the future workforce of New Hampshire.

Check out our website:

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or call us at 603-641-9426

Breakthrough Manchester is a program hosted by the Derryfield School.  While the school provides very generous in-kind supports, including the use of their beautiful campus, at no cost,  our programs are entirely community-supported through gifts and grants.

Posted on: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services

Androscoggin Valley Home Care Services was founded in 1975 due to a local need to provide support for elderly and disabled people wishing to live safely and comfortably in their own, for as long as possible. With the targeted support of AV Home care services, many are able to reach the goal of living at home. Licensed Nurse Aides, trained homemakers and companions provide bath care, housecleaning, laundry, meal preparation and errands to assist our clients in the Berlin-Gorham and surrounding areas of Coos County.  AVHCS employs RN's to provide care management, train and supervise staff and maintain professional practice standards in our home care service delivery.  AVHCS is ctive in the community, creating partnerships wherever possible. The Mission is "To responsibly provide the best personal care, homemaking and respite possible, according to eacg clients' needs". AV Home Care Services is dedicated to the integrity and wellbeing of the community and its citizens as unique individuals. This included acknowledging the cultural, religious, educational, and ethnic differences among people while maintaining a standard of fairness and equality in rendering care to them. 

AVHCS works to secure funding from State, Federal and private sources in order to maximize cost effective services for our clients and families.  Programs include Choices for Independence, VA, private insurance, Older Americans and Social Service Block Grant programs, and private pay.  Among our sources of funding is "Dorothy's Gift," our own discretionary fund honoring a past care recipient who would send extra money "to help others" when she paid her monthly bill.  "Dorothy's Gift" has been helping local families for 11 years, with loyal donors from all over the country as well as the Berlin and Gorham area.

Learn more at or 

Call 603 752-7505 weekdays, 8-4pm.

Posted on: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Girls on the Run New Hampshire

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our physical activity-based positive youth development program is designed to enhance girls’ social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. The life skills curriculum is delivered by caring and competent volunteer coaches who are trained to teach lessons as intended.

The program inspires girls to build lives of purpose and to make a meaningful contribution to community and society. This comes to life through a key element of the curricula when each team creates and executes a community service project. Both the spring and fall 10 week seasons conclude with a celebratory non-competitive 5K event. 

Posted on: Monday, September 24, 2018

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara

Rain for the Sahel and Sahara (RAIN) partners with rural and nomadic peoples in Niger to improve livelihoods through education, sustainable agriculture, and skill-building programs. Since RAIN was founded in 2001, we have grown to serve 19 communities and created unique programs that lead to educational advancement, improvements in health and well-being, and financial self-sufficiency.

RAIN’s programs tackle the interconnected problems of poverty, lack of education, and food and water insecurity that plague many rural and nomadic communities in Niger.

  • Our Education Programs create a pipeline enabling rural and nomadic children to attend and succeed in primary school and beyond. Our mentoring program pairs elementary and middle school students with local mentors who advocate for their continued education. In addition, our Agadez Learning Center provides a residence with tutoring, mentoring, and meals for students who lack the resources or ability to pursue secondary education in a larger city.
  • Our Sustainable Agriculture Program provides clean water, 3-season drip irrigated community gardens, and training in sustainable agricultural techniques, business practices and nutrition. This approach not only makes clean water available but ensures it is used efficiently to maximize food production and minimize waste.
  • Our Skills Building Programs empower women to establish Savings & Loans groups and implement herding initiatives that teach basic economic principles, develop entrepreneurial skills, and support women in creating their own opportunities to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. 

RAIN is a grassroots organization working in and with the communities we serve. In our 15+ year history, we have developed committed partners and created successful programs, all with the aim of supporting rural and nomadic peoples across Niger in their pursuit of sustainable livelihoods.

2017-2018 was a highly impactful year across program areas with 100% repayment of loans made to women entrepreneurs and 3x the agricultural yield of 2016-2017. Additionally, 100% of exam-year students in our pilot middle school program passed their exams on the first round! 

Visit us at and like us on Facebook at to see our updates.

Still have questions? Send us an email at or give us a call at 603-371-0676. We're always happy to talk about our work!

Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018


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