The following groups have made a commitment to address social issues in a new and effective way to work – collaboration. It is a creative way to tackle a myriad of issues such as housing, poverty, crime, jobs or education. Monadnock United Way is actively engaged in all of these collaboratives in a mutually beneficial relationship, working to achieve common goals. Telephone numbers are provided for the facilitator in each project listed. However, you are always welcome to call the Monadnock United Way office at 23 Center Street, 352-4209 regarding any of these collaborative projects.
Cheshire Children’s Network
Since 1997, the mission of this project is to provide a platform to improve and advocate for care and education of all children, starting with the early childhood years. Membership is open to any childcare center in the Monadnock Region. Contact KSC Child Development Center, 358-2233.
Communities and Schools Together (CAST)
CAST is a forum that welcomes a diverse group of concerned citizens, educators and community service providers who share a common interest in Winchester. This partnership gathers to share community assets, resources and ideas to improve the quality of life for all Winchester citizens. Contact the CAST facilitator at Thayer High School, 239-4381.
Community Health Education Cooperative (CHEC)
CHEC includes representatives from organizations who provide health information and education to the general public. Its mission is to provide comprehensive information and education to those in local communities by sharing resources, information and experience. Contact the facilitator at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, 354-5400, Ext.2002.
Community Network Team (CNT)
Provides comprehensive social service referral and advocacy to residents of the Monadnock Region and offers a single point of entry into the available network of social support and healthcare services. You may access CNT by calling ServiceLink at 357-1922, or the Monadnock United Way Helpline at 352-1999 or 1-800-368-4357.
Community Youth Action Planning (CYAP)
CYAP is an annual one-day event for youth, schools and community members who work together to make youth programs more effective. Youth and adults determine the key needs in their specific communities and create actions to address those needs. Contact the facilitator at UNH Cooperative Extension at 352-4550.
Council for a Healthier Community (CHC)
Formed to tackle some of the identified unmet community health needs, the Council has a diverse membership. Their goal is to improve the overall health status and enhance the ability of this community to address a given series of health related issues without duplicating existing issues. Projects that have emerged from this collaborative are: Cheshire Smiles, Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Youth and Cheshire Healthy Kids. Contact the facilitator at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center at 354-5454. Ext. 2002.
Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Youth
This collaborative provides support and networking for youth and adults to reduce the use of tobacco by youth. Its members offer and facilitate teen and adult cessation programs, create TV and radio public service announcements and school programs. It also provides opportunities for youth leadership development and practice in public policy change and lobbying efforts. Contact the facilitator at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center at 354-5454, Ext. 2306.
Family Planning Collaborative
Provides education, encouragement and support for the family planning efforts of women and families in Cheshire County and works to reduce the number of teenage and unintended pregnancies. This network promotes outreach as well as removing barriers to the use of birth control methods. Contact Planned Parenthood at 352-0934 or the City of Keene - Human Services Department at 357-9809.
The Hillsboro Area Family Support Team
This group works to assure that children and families receive appropriate education, mental health and other supportive services through the development of community treatment plans. Contact the facilitator at 428-3336.
Hillsboro Social Service Network
This network is a forum of members consisting of service providers, schools, churches, local welfare, medical/health professionals, police and concerned citizens who share community assets, resources and ideas to improve the quality of life for all citizens. Contact the facilitator at 464-5285.
Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition (JCEC)
This collaborative (JCEC) of law enforcement, schools, youth services, juvenile court and probation services works to reduce recidivism of delinquent youth. Contact the facilitator at City of Keene – Youth Services Department at 357-9810.
The Keene Interagency Team
This collaborative maintains an environment in which families and agencies work together to assure that children and families receive appropriate education, mental health and other treatment services for their individual needs. Contact the facilitator at Monadnock Family Services at 357-4400.
Monadnock Action Network With Youth (MANY)
MANY is designed to support groups and individuals that address youth issues. Over 30 different agencies work together to support, nurture and develop healthy opportunities, safe and sober lifestyles and effective prevention efforts for youth. Contact the facilitator at 357-9879.
Mentally Ill Needing Alternative Sentencing (MINAS)
This collaborative serves individuals with mental illness, substance abuse problems and/or developmental disabilities who commit a misdemeanor or felony offense. The objectives are to develop cooperative systems that identify and provide alternative sentencing to eligible participants who will benefit from appropriate, cost-effective services while maintaining accountability to the legal process and ensuring public safety. Contact the facilitator at Monadnock Family Services at 357-4400.
The Monadnock Interagency Team
Serving the Eastern Monadnock region, MIT works to develop and assist in the implementation of a coordinated system to care for children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing significant difficulties. The team assures appropriate education, mental health and other services to meet their individual needs. There is no cost to families and the service is confidential. Contact the facilitator at Monadnock Family Services at 924-7236.
The Monadnock Partnership
This is an association which promotes interagency cooperation, creation of service efficiencies, maintenance of the region’s human services and the retention of local control. Contact Monadnock United Way at 352-4209.
Monadnock Partnership for Young Children
Parents and professionals working together to develop easier access to prevention, assessment and intervention services for the social and emotional well-being of babies, young children and their families. This team focuses on sharing information and strengthening services for children 0-6 years. Contact the facilitator at Monadnock Family Services at 357-4400.
Monadnock Senior Advocates (MSA)
MSA is a coalition of eldercare service providers and consumers to encourage community awareness of aging as a continuous process, as well as assuring the development of community based resources designed to enhance the quality of life for all older adults in the Monadnock region. MSA strives to educate both local and state levels about the needs and concerns of seniors. Call the facilitator at the Monadnock Volunteer Center at 352-2088.
This collaborative is designed to support older adults, and adults with disabilities, to live full and independent lives. It offers comprehensive information and referral services as well as assisted referral, outreach and community education. Contact the facilitator at 103 Roxbury Street in Keene at 357-1922 or call 1-866-634-9412 toll-free.
A Monadnock Youth website dedicated to keeping youth informed of the opportunities available to them throughout the region. This website features frequently asked questions and answers from local agencies, sports, theatre and youth event coverage, E-cards and E-mail, music and media reviews and links to fun and informational sites. Contact the facilitator at 357-9879 or visit Monadnockteens.org or Monadnockparents.org
New Futures is a statewide collaborative whose mission is to foster, promote and support effective strategies to reduce alcohol, drug, tobacco and other substance abuse through criminal justice, education, prevention, public policy and treatment initiatives. Contact the Executive Director at (603) 862-3706.
One By One
One By One encourages people throughout the community to commit to giving attention to one person, one place and one thing. The focus is on what citizens can do to help one another. For an informational packet, contact 827-3254 or the Council for a Healthier Community, 354-5454. Ext. 2002.
Pilot Health, LLC
This project’s mission is to provide a full continuum of community based services to persons with long-term or chronic lifetime conditions, and has a primary focus on the low and moderate-income elderly, people with severe and persistent mental illness and individuals with long-term chronic physical disabilities. It is working to build a network that will create solutions to complex healthcare concerns. Contact the facilitator at 357-1922.
Prevention of Alcohol Abuse in Cheshire County (PAACC)
This coalition strives to combat underage drinking. Enforcement duties include extra officers on high-risk weekends for college and high school students and compliance checks for alcohol sales at outlets and restaurants. Education efforts focus on youth leadership development and parent education. It provides scholarships to teens for the New Hampshire Teen Institute Summer Youth Leadership Camp. Contact the facilitator at Youth Services Department at 357-9879.
Success By 6
Sponsored by United Ways of New Hampshire, this is a state-wide children’s initiative. It involves hundreds of individuals and organizations at various levels dedicated to creating a community where all children have necessary mental, physical, social and emotional development to be able to successfully embrace educational and social opportunities for growth and learning by age 6. Contact any NH United Way for more information.
Teen Assessment Project
The Monadnock United Way, concerned that local youth issues had changed since the Drugs, Alcohol, and Youth (DAY) regional survey was done in 1987, reviewed tools that could be used for another regional youth survey. The University of New Hampshire Teen Assessment Project (TAP) survey was chosen due to its depth, focus on protective factors as well as risk factors, and its community educational component. As was the DAY survey, TAP was used with youth in SAUs 1, 29, 38, 47 and 60. The goal of TAP is to provide communities with local research-based information that can help them better support local teens and their families. Survey results provide a vehicle for youth, parent, school, and community education and action, help secure local funding, stimulate program and policy changes, and lead to changes in attitudes and behaviors that build assets/protective factors in families, schools, and communities.
Together Against Violence
This is a partnership that addresses crime prevention, related community issues and methods to promote safety and respect in our communities. Keene is one of twelve communities in eight states participating in the National Crime Prevention Council-sponsored Small Cities Initiative. Contact the facilitator at 357-9810 or the Mayor’s Office at 357-9805.