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Partner News: August 2018

Gas cards needed to help the family of two young girls who were assaulted

The Monadnock Region Child Advocacy Center is seeking gas cards for the family of twin 7-year-old girls who were assaulted. The gas cards will help the family drive back and forth to scheduled doctors' appointments. Gas cards can be donated to the center at 640 Marlboro Street in Keene. For more information about the center, visit or call 603-352-0413.

Hundred Nights hosting paint party fundraiser Aug. 30 

Hundred Nights, Inc. is encouraging everyone to uncork their creativity while supporting a great cause. It is hosting a paint party fundraiser at The Summit Winery in Westmoreland on Aug. 30. Light snacks will be provided while participants paint and glasses of wine, as well as water and soda, will be available for purchase.
Keene artist Kristina Wentzell of Monadnock Art Parties will guide participants step-by-step through the process of creating their own work of art. All materials are provided and everyone will go home with a painting. 
Space is limited. To reserve your sport, register and prepay online at, or contact Kristina at 603-903-5902 or To reach Hundred Nights, Inc., call 603-352-5197.



SCS to hold Veteran Summit Sept. 14

Southwestern Community Services’ Housing Stabilization program invites all veterans and their families and friends, as well as community partners, to the third annual Veteran Summit.
The summit will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Sept. 14 at the American Legion, 797 Court St. in Keene. Various vendors will be present at the event, providing information about resources that can assist veteran households. Free haircuts, raffle prizes and more will also be part of the event. For more information, contact Jenna Tacy at 603-719-4294.
The Housing Stabilization program also continues to host the following classes: Life Skills, Financial Literacy and Tenancy 101. Contact Cathy Thornton at 603-719-4295 for more information about these classes.

Pro Bono Referral Program offers classes on tax basics 

Social services organizations with clients that need information about the American tax system can make use of the Low-Income Taxpayer Project of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program. The project will send someone out to organizations to teach groups of clients about the basics of the tax system. Classes can also focus on particular tax issues, such as the W-4, self-employment tax, or the earned income tax credit. Some interpretation services for ESL clients is also available.
For more information, contact Barbara Heggie, clinic coordinator and staff attorney, at 603-228-6028 or
Clients facing audits or collection actions by the IRS may qualify for free representation by the Low-Income Taxpayer Project. The clinic’s eligibility guidelines cover household incomes up to 250% of the federal poverty level.

BBBS seeking members for regional advisory board

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire is seeking Monadnock-region residents to join its regional advisory board. This board works closely with staff and the state board of directors to provide outreach, make local connections and fundraise in the area. BBBSNH serves more than 200 children from its West region office based in Keene, and about 1,000 children a year statewide in professionally-supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships. 
Those interested in joining the regional board can click here to complete an interest form, or contact Director of Philanthropy Nicole McShane at 603-430-1140 ext. 1017 or

Numerous upcoming programs at The River Center

Farm to Table
This cooking group for families meets on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at various locations. The suggested donation is $5 per family, to cover supplies. Find more information on the River Center website.
Jaffrey Parent & Child Group
Participants will join parent educator Kelli Tourgee and other parents and children for support, friendship and story sharing from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays in Jaffrey. Childcare is available. Email Kelli at  for more information. 
Tidy Trims
On Monday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., students from low-to-moderate-income families can get free haircuts at Reynolds Hall in Peterborough. Appointments required. 
Special event: Jessica Lahey to speak at Tuesday Topic event
Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, will be at the Lucy Hurlin Theatre at ConVal Regional High School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
The author, columnist, veteran teacher and mom will summarize the current research on the nature of intrinsic motivation and explain how parents and educators can give students the support and encouragement they need in order to stay motivated over the long term.
For more information on all events, visit the River Center website.

HCS Offers Walk-in Hours at Keene Office

Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS) welcomes residents of southwest New Hampshire to “Walk-in Wednesdays.”  Drop by for free, off-the-record, individual advice from staff members who specialize in home care, hospice and advance care planning.  
Walk-in Wednesdays will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 3 to 5 p.m. at the HCS office in Keene, located at 312 Marlboro Street.  Those who are not able to stop by are encouraged to call 352-2253 for information any time.

Winchester Learning Center participating in Winchester Pickle Festival

The Winchester Learning Center will have a float at the annual Winchester Pickle Festival, held on Sept. 22. The center will also be selling fried dough at its booth. For more information, visit the festival Facebook page.
The center is also in need of two children’s bookshelves and some backpacks for students.