Member Profile

Rochester Main Street

Rochester Main Street was founded in 2006 and is an officially designated member of the Main Street America network. Rochester Main Street is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, growth, and vitality of downtown Rochester.  With a myriad of special events and advocacy efforts each year, volunteers are continually working on a comprehensive program to revitalize downtown Rochester.

Rochester Main Street's efforts have included the refurbishment of Central Square and re-patination of the statue of Parson Main, improvements to Wyandotte Walkway, construction of Factory Court, and the establishment of signature annual events to draw residents and visitors into downtown Rochester.  The program is a recipient of a 2013 NH Preservation Alliance Award for the Central Square Project.

Visit our website at www.RochesterMainStreet.org, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.  If you would like more information, we welcome you to contact our office at 603-330-3208 or email director@rochestermainstreet.org.

Posted on: Monday, April 30, 2018

Children's Stage Adventures, Inc.

Children's Stage Adventures provides a weeklong theatre residency program that involves 50+ local children in an original musical theatre production of a classic children's tale! Children discover talents and strengths while developing character and life-skills through participation in a high quality live theatre performance. CSA's provides actor/educators, sets, costumes, scripts & score: Sponsor provides children, housing for CSA team (2 adults), rehearsal/performance space and an accompanist. CSA based in NH and tours eastern USA. Great for schools, recreation departments, arts organizations and summer day-camp programs!

CSA’s mission is: To provide children with the opportunity to learn about theatre arts, themselves and their abilities through the group participation involved in a live performance experience.

CSA was founded in 1999 and has conducted over 9250 theatre residency weeks in 13 states, Canada and Australia, giving over 48,000 children the opportunity to perform onstage.

CSA, Inc. is recognized by the  New Hampshire State Council on the Arts as juried Touring Artist and Arts in Education providers.

Visit CSA on the web at www.childrensstageadventures.org or by calling toll free 1-866-CSA-CALL (1-866-272-2255)

Posted on: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lakes Region Child Care Services

The mission of Lakes Region Child Care Services Inc. (LRCCS) is to provide high quality, affordable, child care for families who work or attend school in the greater Lakes Region. LRCCS is the third largest Licensed-Plus child care firm in the state of New Hampshire, offering 8 programs, with child care centers in three towns. All of our child care centers are open from 6:30 am, to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday, year round. LRCCS school-age programs operate daily before-and-after school, vacation weeks and snow days, with a large summer program operating out of Pleasant Street School, in Laconia.

LRCCS benefits from its market structure and develops and implements price stabilization, quality, locations of service, diversity of service, and ad strategy in order to fulfill its mission. LRCCS also utilizes economies of scale such as specialization, cost containment, distribution of fixed costs, and offers a lower cost to consumers.  The practice of central administration prevents dis-economies of scale such as poor communication, slow decision making and bureaucracy by sharing a common administration/back office in a common physical space.

Last year LRCCS provided over 59,600 days of care and over 100,000 healthy meals and snacks to over 420 children.

Because all LRCCS facilities are currently operating at full enrollment, and many have long waitlists, it is in best interest of LRCCS, and the communities that it serves, to increase the number of child care slots and programs offered. To this end, Lakes Region Child Care Services relocated and expanded our Belmont Center - adding 20 child care slots. In addition, LRCCS partnered with Community Developers to open an 8 slot infant program within their new housing project, River’s Edge.

All Lakes Region Child Care Services (LRCCS) programs are Licensed-Plus with the State of NH. LRCCS is also a contract agency with the Child Development Bureau (CDB) of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). This means that LRCCS offers high quality, research based, nationally recognized curriculum, and follows stringent regulations, and other guidelines. All LRCCS children are assessed bi-annually to ensure optimal development. Referrals are made to outside agencies, and SAUs, when children are found eligible. Program quality is maintained through assessment and adjustment. LRCCS teachers and directors assess each classroom annually using nationally recognized tools. The Infant and Toddler Environmental Rating Scale (ITERS), and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) are performed on each classroom environment, and produce a profile that depicts strengths and weaknesses. The directors and teachers then review the profiles to build on strengths, but mostly to improve areas of weakness. This in turn maintains quality.

In conclusion, a growing economy will support parents' desire to seek comprehensive services for their young children. Other things being equal, there will be an increase in demand for LRCCS' services by households, the government, and businesses because of consumer wealth, consumer expectations, and the expected rate of return on investment in the first-five-years.

Ultimately, investments in early care and education will improve the long-term economic prospects of the communities that LRCCS serves. According to Nobel Prize (2000) winning economist James Heckman, "It's a hard-nosed investment that pays off in lower social welfare costs, decreased crime rates, and increased tax revenue.”  In a cost-benefit study in 2006, Heckman calculated that investments in the early years of life have an annual return rate of 7% to 10%.

State nominee for the Let's Move Award (2015)

Featured on NHPR series The Opportunity Gap (2015)

NH Charitable Foundation Nonprofit Management Award (2015)

Live United Awar (2016)

Featured on NHPR the Exchange - Rand Corp Study on Return on Investment

Smart Start Award (2017)

Granite United Way Advocate Award (2018)

Early Learning Champions (2012 - 2018)

Posted on: Thursday, April 12, 2018

Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission

Since 2003, The Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission has demonstrated the Love of Christ in Word and Deed while providing Rescue (emergency shelter), Relief (Community Meals, Food Pantry) and Renewal (R12 Discipleship Program) for people experiencing displacement, homelessness, and material poverty.

visit us at: Hope4Nashua.org

Posted on: Friday, April 6, 2018

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Granite State College (GSC) as a member-driven, volunteer -based organization is to develop and provide a broad array of affordable and accessible lifelong learning, social and participatory activities for active and intellectually engaged adults over the age of 50.

Founded in 2004, OLLI at GSC is one of 120 OLLIs at colleges and universities nationwide, initiated and supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI offers over 300, learning for the fun of it courses per year as well as educational group travel and social events to nearly 1200 members. Course topics include history, literature, world culture, religions, social issues, the arts and more. Members are invited to take OLLI classes at GSC campuses in Concord, Conway, Manchester, Portsmouth and Rochester. Membership and class fees are modest and tuition assistance is available.

More than 40% of OLLI members volunteer for their organization.  Opportunities range from presenting classes, baking for events, planning events, working in the office to leading the organization.

To learn more about OLLI at Granite State College visit: olli.granite.edu or call the OLLI office:
603-513-1377.

Posted on: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Carsey School of Public Policy

The mission of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire is to provide top quality research, leadership development, and engaged scholarship relevant to public policy. Our goal is to address the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century, striving for innovative, responsive, and equitable solutions at all levels of government and in the private and civic sectors.

To accomplish this, the Carsey School will engage faculty and other experts from a wide range of disciplines. Our work will be grounded in active engagement with leaders working to address societal needs. By the very nature of our work, we will create reciprocal, sustained relationships with community, agency, and government leaders.

The research and teaching we conduct will inform effective policy solutions and demonstrate how social, natural, and applied science can be applied to real-world problems. We will create opportunities for emerging public and civic leaders to develop practical skills and expertise necessary for improving conditions in communities in the United States and abroad.

For more information, visit: https://carsey.unh.edu/

Posted on: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Good Beginnings of the Upper Valley

Our mission is to offer a ‘good beginning’ for all families with new babies in the Upper Valley region by providing hands-on support, education and community connection during a critical period of transition and challenge.  Good Beginnings builds on a long and trusted history of supporting families in our community, since 1986, and is committed to continuing our efforts to meet the changing needs of families in the 21st century.

Good Beginnings offers free, in-home, volunteer support to any family with a new baby.  Each family is matched with a volunteer who visits once a week for 2-3 hours.  The volunteer pitches-in wherever help is needed, and stays with the same family for a 3-month period.  Good Beginnings also provides Information & Referral services and has baby items for families in need.

Always feel free to call: 603-298-9524, or visit our website: www.gbuv.org.

Posted on: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Humane Society for Greater Nashua

HSFN is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been supporting Greater Nashua since our inception in 1900. We have a staff of 25 people who, along with our volunteers, help us care for our animals, assist in their adoption and raise funds for the over 3,000 animals coming through our doors each year.  We are overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees providing leadership and guidance. Along with our adoption services, we provide youth education programs, community based vaccination clinics, wellness exams, behavioral training, new low cost spay and neutering and euthanasia services to help people and their pets during difficult times.  We want responsible people to be able to experience pet ownership, care for their animals properly, keep them in their homes and provide affordable, dignified end of life options.  Please stop by our shelter to visit our pets and learn more about what we do.

Some of the recent accomplishments 

•         Purchase of a digital  full body and dental X-Ray machines

•         New floors throughout the building

•         Purchase of a new dental machine

•         Low cost community spay and neuter clinics

•         Low cost vaccination clinics

•         Euthanasia services for the community

•         New tempered glass dog kennel doors

•         Installation of cat cage portals to expand living space

•         Behavioral training for puppies, adult dogs and their owners

•         Painting of the building exterior

•         Creation of a windowed community cat room

•         Puppy play groups

•         Asphalt parking lot and driveways

•         Modular offices for administrative staff

•         Water line installation in Proctor Cemetery

Visit www.hsfn.org for more information about our services, special events, animals for adoption, volunteer and fund raising opportunities.

Posted on: Friday, March 16, 2018

NH Children's Trust

The mission of the NH Children's Trust is to lead New Hampshire's drive to ensure safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for children by educating, advoacting and collaborating.  We envision a New Hampshire where all children grow up free from abuse and neglect. The good news is that child abuse is 100% preventable. 

Our strategies are deeply rooted in the public health social ecology. We know that to end child abuse and neglect statewide, New Hampshire must invest in two generations- adults and children. To do this, we advocate for public policies that protect children, support institutions with family-friendly approaches, build communities that provide concrete supports to those in need, encourage families, friends, and neighbors to check in on loved ones, and give parents the tools and knowledge they need to build their capacities.

Giving infants safer, healthier childhoods initiates a cycle of better parenting. By investing in that child, s/he will strive to be a better parent as well. With the support of New Hampshire philanthropists, policy makers, care providers, families, friends and citizens, we can eliminate child abuse in the Granite State. Join us in providing better outcomes for our children and protecting our future.

  • 2017 Champion of Head Start Children Award - New England Head Start Associaiton
  • 2017 Champion of Children and Family Award - Family Support New Hamsphire
  • 2015 Year of Service Award - Townsquare Media
  • 2015 Excellence in Nonprofit Management - NH Charitable Foundation
  • 2014 Champions in Action - Citizen's Bank
  • 2014 Outstanding Implementation - Period of PURPLE Crying
Posted on: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Emerson School for Preschoolers

The Ralph Waldo Emerson School for Preschoolers is a nondenominational, nonprofit organization founded in 1966.  We offer morning and afternoon programs for three, four and five-year-old children. Emerson School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  

Emerson's classrooms and woodland playground create a beautiful space that is rich in potential. Our curriculum is shared and created by both teachers and children working together.  

We believe that children learn best through what they do best - through their play. Our teachers closely observe children's play and then offer further opportunities for children to reflect on and revisit their experiences.

Emerson School's uniqueness results from relationships between families, teachers, and a parent volunteer Board of Directors. These partnerships have been the essence of Emerson for more than 50 years and the key to our continued success.  

Emerson School has been nationally accredited since 1992 by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Programs accredited by NAEYC voluntarily exceed minimum licensing standards set by the state to provide the most beneficial practices for children.  Schools undergo a comprehensive process of internal self-study, and invite external professional review to verify compliance with the NAEYC's criteria for high quality early childhood programs.
The required criteria Emerson must meet for accreditation includes providing activities appropriate for the age and interests of preschool children, maintaining a high ratio of staff to children, establishing high quality teacher-child interactions, meeting stringent safety standards, and having opportunities for parent involvement. The accreditation process includes an on-site study of the program and a review by a three member national commission.  Emerson was most recently reviewed through this process in February 2018.

You can learn more about the Emerson School for Preschoolers by

  • Visiting our website:  www.emersonschoolnh.org  
  • Following our Facebook page:  Emerson School for Preschoolers
  • Calling our school:  (603) 224-8218
  • Attending an Open House
Posted on: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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