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Being good stewards: Volunteer opportunities

Looking for a way to share your time and talents to grow God's gifts? Consider offering your services to one of these local agencies:

CORPUS CHRISITI FOOD PANTRY & ASSISTANCE
43 Franklin St., Nashua

Corpus Christi Food Pantry & Assistance (CCFP&A) helps to prevent hunger in our Nashua community. In 2015 CCFP&A provided food to more that 6,500 families including 6,000 children and 2,000 seniors. The organization also provides a limited amount of financial assistance to help clients with rent, utilities, prescriptions and car repairs.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES include weighing, sorting and stacking donated food. Help is also needed for filling client food orders and re-packaging bulk items such as diapers, tea bags and laundry detergent into small packages. Duties to include sorting, stocking, receiving donations, light housekeeping. Ability to lift up to 30lbs is a plus.

HOURS: Monday and Wednesday 9am to 12pm; Tuesday and Thursday 1pm to 4pm.

Volunteers must be 18+ unless accompanied by a parent of guardian.

For up-to-date volunteer needs please visit www.corpuschristifoodpantry.org or contact Director Susan Dignan at 603-882-6372.

NASHUA SOUP KITCHEN & SHELTER
2 Quincy St., Nashua

The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter is dedicated to providing meals and shelter to those in need. It is open every day of the year and volunteers are required year-round for them to be successful in their mission. Volunteer opportunities are available most days between the hours of 8am and 6:30pm. Volunteer work includes unloading deliveries, sorting perishables, preparing and serving meals, cleaning tables and washing dishes. To learn more about the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, to see what volunteer opportunities are available or to be put on their volunteer schedule please the volunteer page or call 889-7770.

THE CAREGIVERS, INC.
Nashua office, 401 Amherst St.

The Caregivers goal is to help the elderly and disabled in the Greater Manchester and Nashua area to remain in their homes for as long as possible. They recruit, screen, train and coordinate volunteers to offer presence and assistance to those in need. They provide non-medical services such as transportation, assistance with grocery shopping, free food packages, friendly visits and reassurance calls. Care-receivers are often alone, on fixed incomes and without other means of assistance. All services are free of charge.

A variety of flexible opportunities for volunteering are available. They range from providing services directly to the client, to assisting with special project throughout the year. Included are Rides for Healthy Living, Food for the Homebound, Friendly visits, the Caring Cupboard and Reassurance Phone Calls. This opportunity does not require volunteers to obligate themselves to a weekly time commitment, a volunteer simply communicates their availability to the Coordinator. For more information please visit www.caregiversnh.org or call our Bedford office @ 603-622-4948.

ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL
172 Kinsley St., Nashua

There are many ways to volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital. Volunteers can be found in most departments, in their affiliate offices and on every floor. At St. Joe’s they do their best to match your unique interests, skills and talents so that you will have a pleasurable and rewarding experience. Men and women from all walks of life and of all ages volunteer at St. Joe’s. They are students, homemakers, retirees and workers with full and part-time jobs.

The volunteer program runs seven days a week, days and evenings. You can select the time and day that works best for you.

For more information and to download the required forms, visit the hospital's volunteering page or call 595-3044.

GREENBRIAR TERRACE NURSING HOME
55 Harris Road, Nashua

Greenbriar Terrance Nursing Home offers short-term rehabilitative care as well as long-term care. Their emphasis is on service excellence – providing quality care in a home-like environment to allow for independence and to enable patients and residents to receive the medical care they need, the restorative therapy they require, and the support they and their families deserve. Their resident council meets regularly to ensure that the residents’ needs are being met to their satisfaction. Keeping patients and residents involved in interesting and varied activities and events is one way to promote healing and recovery. They have a staff of certified activities professionals who create and coordinate activities at the center. Activities are tailored to a resident’s and patient’s individual interests and abilities and include: outdoor pursuits, entertainment and audience participation games and other activities to sharpen mental abilities, spiritual enhancement and reflection. Greenbriar is always looking for volunteers to spend time with their residents. Currently, they have a need for individuals who would be willing to assist with crafts, take residents for walks and escort them to various activities, both in and out of the facility. Anyone interested in volunteering at Greenbriar Terrace can contact Phyllis @ 603-888-1573.

MARGUERITE'S PLACE
87 Palm St., Nashua

The overall goal of Marguerite’s Place is to empower homeless women with children to move on to better lives. They offer furnished apartments (up to 24 months residence), on-site licensed child care fort the children in the program and aftercare, programs in life skills, one-on-one parenting and intensive case management on a daily or weekly basis, assistance in acquiring skills necessary for independence through educational and/or training and employment programs and a five year Aftercare Program for families who have moved on to independent living. Since 1994, Marguerite’s Place has been providing the physical, emotional, educational and social supports for homeless women with children to achieve and sustain self sufficiency. Our holistic approach allows families to grow in all areas as they gain the skills and income necessary for long term success.

For more information visit www.margueritesplace.org or call 598-1582.

MEALS ON WHEELS

In just one afternoon per week (Monday through Friday), you can make a difference in the lives of your homebound neighbors. Volunteers are needed as Meals on Wheels drivers, delivering food and friendship. Volunteers are also needed to help in our community dining locations. Call 424-9967 or visit www.mealsonwheelsnh.org to find out how you can start making a difference!

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
92 Main St., Nashua

The Habitat For Humanity Mission is to:
Demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ. We undertake our work to demonstrate the love and teachings of Jesus, acting in all ways in accord with the belief that God’s love and grace abound for all, and that we must be “hands and feet” of that love and grace in our world. We believe that, through faith, the miniscule can be multiplied to accomplish the magnificent, and that, in faith, respectful relationships can grow among all people.
Focus on shelter. We have chosen, as our means of manifesting God’s love, to create opportunities for all people to live in decent, durable shelter. We put faith into action by helping to build, renovate or preserve homes, and by partnering with others to accelerate and broaden access to affordable housing as a foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty.
Promote dignity and hope. We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieved through equitable, accountable partnerships.

For up to date volunteer needs, please visit www.nashuahabitat.org/volunteer/