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Partner News: October 2018

Winchester Learning Center holding groundbreaking ceremony, taking applications for Christmas for Kids program

The Winchester Learning Center will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new classroom at 9 a.m. Oct. 30 at 109 Keene Road in Winchester. The new classroom will allow the center to grow by adding space for 14 preschool slots. All are welcome to attend.
The center is also again hosting the town of Winchester’s Christmas for Kids program. The program provides families in need with toys for their children for Christmas. Interested families can go to the center, at 109 Keene Road in Winchester, to fill out an application. For more information, call 603-239-7347 or email Roberta Royce at roycewlc@gmail.com.

Monadnock RSVP looking for volunteers for Neighbors In-Deed program 

Neighbors In-Deed is an independent living program operated by Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center, a program of Monadnock Family Services. The program provides free ongoing one-to-one companionship and support to veterans and military family members. Volunteer activities can include visiting clients, helping them with errands like grocery shopping, driving them to medical appointments or helping out with handyman repairs in their homes. The service helps clients remain in their homes as long as possible. Last year alone, volunteers gave more than 2,400 hours to care for 60 clients in the Monadnock region. There is currently a need for volunteers in Cheshire County and western Hillsborough County. To learn more about the program visit www.monadnockvolunteercenter.org or call 603-357-6893.

CVTC 10th anniversary celebration

Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. An event celebrating the anniversary will be held in the Monadnock Room at Hilltop Golf Course, 49 High Street in Peterborough, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 29. The event, sponsored by Monadnock Community Hospital, will include a cash bar and hors d’oeuvre buffet. RSVP by Oct. 25 to Ellen Avery at ellen@cvtc-nh.org or call 603-821-4081.

Poinsettias for sale starting next month to support Hospice at HCS 

The 23rd Annual Poinsettia Sale to benefit Hospice at HCS kicks off in November. Local plants will be available at the HCS offices in Keene and Peterborough. The plants are available in red, pink and white and in three sizes ranging in price from $10 to $30. Order forms must be received by Nov.15.  For details on delivery dates and pick-up options, or to print an order form, visit www.HCSservices.org.  To request an order form be mailed or for more information, call 603-352-2253 ex. 294 or email poinsettias@HCSservices.org.

Combat-Injured Veterans may be eligible for tax refund

Thanks to an act of Congress, more than 130,000 combat-injured veterans may receive a tax refund. The Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act, passed in 2016, allows veterans affected by a federal tax administrative error from 1991-2016, to get a refund of wrongfully-withheld taxes. Veterans have until July 2019 to file an amended return to claim the refund. Standard refunds may range from $1,750 to $3,200.
 
The Low-Income Taxpayer Project of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Referral Program is working to spread the word about this tax relief, especially to homeless veterans and the agencies who assist them. The tax clinic is available to help all veterans claim the refund, so long as their household income is below 250% of the poverty line -- $62,750 for a family of four.
For more information, contact Barbara Heggie, staff attorney and coordinator for the tax clinic, at bheggie@nhbar.org or 603-715-3215. Or click here to read more about the tax fairness act. 

SCS veteran support program closing its doors 

Southwestern Community Services has lost its funding for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Nationally, the number of SSVF programs have been reduced by 19 percent for the next fiscal year. SCS is working to transition current clients to alternative service providers. Further referrals should be sent to Harbor Homes, Inc. at 603-882-3616 or hope@harborhomes.org or Veterans, Inc. at 1-800-482-2565 or info@veteransinc.org. Although SCS will no longer operate an SSVF program, it will continue to maintain a variety of services that can assist veteran households, such as the Housing Stabilization Services program. For more information about this program, call 603-352-7512 ext. 4293.