Stronger Together, Living United
Together, we can create a strong and vibrant Monadnock Region where:
- Children live in safe, nurturing, healthy homes and communities
- Community members receive an education that enables them to achieve their full potential
- Community members have the financial resources they need to live healthy, happy, and productive lives
MUW’s community fundraising goal of $1,462,000 helps address today’s issues while solving root causes of poverty, child abuse, and low educational achievement. Your gifts are investments in these collaborative programs, community initiatives, and proven strategies that make real and measurable difference in our region.
Monadnock Food Pantries Collective: $73,625
- Serving 25 towns and 2,710 people in 2020
- Accessing more fresh produce for families
- Adopted a drive through pantry model during the pandemic to ensure client and volunteer safety
The Collective includes the following pantries:
- The Community Kitchen (Keene)
- Gert’s Pantry (Swanzey)
- Joan’s Pantry (Chesterfield)
- The Federated Church Food Pantry (Marlborough)
- Helping Hands of Troy
- Jaffrey Food Pantry
- Kidz Cupboard (Marlborough)
- Serving 290 people in 15 towns in 2020
- Providing 21,013 bed-nights to 290 neighbors facing a housing crisis
- Able to remain operational without a single client case of Covid-19
The Collaborative includes the following organizations:
- Southwestern Community Services
- Hundred Nights
- Monadnock Center for Violence Prevention
2-1-1 – $15,000
As the state’s 24-hour social services hotline, 211 connects individuals with critical services. It is also the hotline for Covid-19 and The Doorway for substance misuse. 211 is managed by Granite United Way and funded, in part, by all five United Ways in NH.
CHILDREN AND EDUCATION
- Serving 935 youth in 15 towns in 2020
- Offered modified programming through individualized, take home, activity kits for children
- Expanded training opportunities for staff
- Amplified programming though collaboration with local organizations and schools
The Collective includes the following programs:
- ACCESS Winchester Afterschool Program
- Hinsdale Afterschool Program
- Keene Family YMCA School's Out Program (plus Chesterfield site)
- Project Keep (at Symonds, Fuller, and Franklin Schools in Keene)
- Project Edventure Marlborough Afterschool
- Beyond the Bell (at Mt. Caesar and Cutler Schools in Swanzey, Troy Elementary, and Emerson Elementary in Fitzwilliam)
EARLY CHILDHOOD: Impact Monadnock
MUW’s signature early childhood initiative that prepares Monadnock Region children from birth to age eight for future academic, career, and life success.
Monadnock Alliance for Families: $213,000
- Serving 989 children and familes in 34 towns in 2020
- Increased number of families served by 44% through the merger of Monadnock Home Visiting Alliance and the Monadnock Parent Education Collective
- Amplified programming through the use of technology in providing remote access to classes and meetings
- Provided direct basic needs support in the form of gas and grocery gift cards and assistance with rent and utility bills to families during the height of the pandemic
The Collective includes the following organizations:
- Rise for baby and family
- Monadnock Family Services
- The River Center
- The Grapevine
- Healthy Starts - Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services
Quality Child Care Centers: $104,500
- Served 304 children in 30 towns in 2020
- Offered stable care for children whose families' stability was challenged during the Covid-19 pandemic
- Provided tuition assistance to families in need
- Expanded training opportunities for staff
Childcare Centers include:
- Keene Day Care Center, Inc - $28,500
- Monadnock Community Early Learning Center - $28,500
- Hillsboro Child Development Center (SNHS) - $14,250
- Walpole Village School - $4,750
- Winchester Learning Center - $28,500
SCS WIC Dental Program: $14,250
- Served 55 infants, children, and expectant moms in 11 towns during the 10 week period before the pandemic lockdown in 2020*
- Of those, 35 children had their first dental visit before age 1
- Began exploring ways to include dental screenings in other settings
*due to the Covid-19 pandemic stay at home order, in person dental screenings were not performed after the second week in March. WIC clients continued to receive other services just not dental services.
Preschool Development Project (pending grant funding approval)
Collaborative Early Childhood Team
A coalition of cross-sector programs will guide efforts in our region to improve the quality of life for young children and their families. This team will help coordinate activities, improve communications, share resources, and launch collaborative projects.
Family Cafés being held across the region engage families and involve parents as leaders in children’s success. Parents and caregivers gain proven parenting strategies and learn from each other.
Pyramid Model’s behavior intervention methods help teachers, caregivers, and other professionals who work in Child Care settings build nurturing skills, create positive learning environments, and support children with challenging behavior.
- Currently in place at 3 centers in the Monadnock Region
- Child Development CenterFour centers are preparing for Pyramid Model
- State-funded Classroom Coaches Valued at $150,000 year
Coalition of over 20 local businesses promote child- and family-friendly practices in the workplace, including Babies at Work and StartSmart Birth gifts that support early childhood brain development and recognize new parents in their workplace. IMBA also raises awareness abouth the importance of the early years; championing early learning policy; and building public-private partnerships that promote innovation and investment to strengthen early learning in our state.
A project of the Impact Monadnock Business Ambassadors, the StartSmart: Birth Gifts with a Purpose program offers individuals the opportunity to welcome a new baby with a gift that can help that child's brain development AND also contributes to the enrollment of a local, at-risk child in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This means more books for local kids!
Early Learning NH (formerly Spark): $13,650
This advocacy organization raises awareness about the importance of the early years; championing effective early learning policy; and building public-private partnerships that promote innovation and investment to strengthen early learning in our state.
In addition to the grants and allocations noted above, MUW provides coalition building, offers training and tools for human service agencies, advocates for policy change, engages volunteer groups, participates as a member of several community initiatives, and promotes the value of health and human service programs to ensure that our community remains vibrant now and in the future.
- Advising for partner agencies
- Convener for affinity groups across the region
- Monadnock Social Services Collective - a group of local agencies focused on issues related to seniors in our community
- Community Voices Series
- Partnership with Keene Young Professionals Network (KYPN), Greater Keene Rotaract, and Monadnock Wolfpack Rugby
- Member of the Healthy Monadnock Alliance
- Executive Committee
- Behavioral Health Work Group
- Member of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund Steering Committee
- Co Sponsor of the Pandemic Parenting Virtual Listening Sessions
MUW accepts and distributes designations to 501c3 nonprofits in good standing. Gifts of this type average $45,000 in total per year.