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The American Red Cross N.H. Region has several volunteer opportunities available in Nashua: development intern, volunteer services and emergency services. Visit redcross/org/nh/volunteer and click on Ways to Help, then scroll down to the Nashua Office. Or call 889-6664, ext. 224.


People interested in helping to improve the lives of seniors in southern New Hampshire are invited to attend a Breakfast Exchange Club meeting. The club provides support through a variety of programs for Greater Nashua’s seniors, including Days of Caring shopping sprees, Heat Up/Cool Down energy assistance programs, cookouts and other social activities held at senior housing locations throughout the area. The club holds several fundraisers in support of its outreach programs. The club meets at Langdon Place of Nashua, 319 East Dunstable Road, at 8 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in July and August and on the second and fourth Wednesdays the remainder of the year. The club is affiliated with the National Exchange Club. Information:


St. Joseph Hospital is seeking volunteers to help knit or crochet comfort shawls. The shawls bring a special measure of comfort to patients. The shawls are knitted or crocheted with great love by volunteers, who donate them to the hospital. Call the Spiritual Care Department at St. Joseph Hospital at 882-3000, ext. 67800. Leave your name and address, and you will be mailed information and a brochure with knitting and crocheting instructions.


CORE (Community Outreach and Resource Education Center) is a newly formed faith-based nonprofit that provides activities that relate to the welfare of the community by offering educational programs, health awareness, mentoring (support groups), referrals and a meeting place. Every Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-noon (or until food is gone), they give out boxes full of food to those in need. Mail donations to 8B West Hollis St., Nashua, NH 03060. To volunteer: call 1-267-354-0187. Information:


St. Joseph Hospital is seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one companionship for participants of the Edward V. Karg Day Away Program, which is designed to give those caring for loved ones suffering with Alzheimer’s a break. The program, which runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. one day a week, offers music therapy, crafts, pet therapy, physical therapy, lunch, games and other stimulating activities for the Alzheimer’s participant. The program is at Milette Manor, 72 Vine St. Information: Kathie Rice Orshak, 595-3144.


Southern New Hampshire Services’ The Fixit Program is seeking volunteers to help seniors 60 and older and the disabled with minor home repairs and maintenance. If you enjoy keeping busy, like using your skills and take pride in knowing you have had a direct impact on another’s life, the RSVP Fixit Corps would like to talk to you. Donations accepted also. Information: Nicholas Copadis at 598-9421.


Volunteer at Gateways in Nashua, a private nonprofit corporation created to establish and maintain programs and services which promote growth and independence for individuals with developmental disabilities. Information on Gateways: 882-6333 or


Harbor Homes is seeking volunteers for a variety of services, including office support, fundraising, companionship and helping to transport clients to appointments. Volunteers must be at least 18. Information:


St. Joseph Hospital and The Caregivers are seeking volunteers to provide one-on-one companionship to some of their most vulnerable patients: older adults who are alone, poor of spirit or means, and chronically or acutely ill. Information: Michele Cantos at 595-3144.


Keystone Hall, 615 Amherst St., seeks volunteer drivers to transport clients to and from appointments throughout the Nashua area. Drivers will use Keystone Hall’s vehicles and must have one year of sobriety, a valid driver’s license with insurance in place, and pass a criminal background and driving record check. Information: or 882-3616 and ask to speak with the volunteer coordinator.


The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter needs help in these areas:

? Breakfast Crew – Kitchen: 6:45-8 a.m. Help serve breakfast and clean up. If you want to help cook, we need you at 6 a.m. Opportunities available Monday-Friday.

? Receiving/Sorting/Shelving – Pantry Volunteer: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-3 p.m. Help unload deliveries and sort items for pantry distribution. Replenish food pantry shelves throughout shift as needed. Break boxes down. Ability to lift and move up to 20 pounds necessary. Opportunities available Monday-Friday. Help especially needed on the Friday afternoon shift.

? Food Pantry Volunteer/Escort: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Help with food pantry distribution. Assist clients one on one with selecting items from our pantry. Opportunities available Monday-Friday.

? Evening Meal Prep – Kitchen: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Help with meal preparation for the evening dinner. Opportunities available Monday-Friday.

? Food Pantry Volunteer: 3-5:30 p.m. Help restock pantry shelves, including the pantry refrigerators and freezers, after pantry is closed for the day. Break boxes down. Clean up. Wipe down all counter surfaces. Mop floors. Ability to lift and move up to 20 pounds necessary. Opportunities available Monday-Friday. 7:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday shift also available.

? Dinner Crew – Kitchen: 4-7 p.m. Typical tasks may include help with serving dinner, waiting on tables for families, assisting in the dining room (busing and cleaning tables, assisting with drink refills), washing dishes, kitchen clean-up.

You must be at least 12 to volunteer. Information or to be added to the schedule: Paula at If you are part of a group, email Carol at The NSKS phone number is 889-7770.


St. Joseph Hospital is seeking individuals who would like to enrich their life and touch the lives of others by sharing their talents, time and energy. St. Joseph Hospital volunteers compliment our hospital staff by assisting with services for our patients, families and visitors. There are many ways to volunteer at St. Joseph Hospital. Information: Volunteer Services, 595-3044.



SolAmor Hospice, a provider of hospice care, is seeking volunteers in Greater Nashua and Manchester. Some ways hospice volunteers can serve are by providing one-on-one companionship, reading to patients, letter writing, veteran to veteran support, spiritual care, bereavement support, office support, vigil team, reiki, and pet and music therapy. No volunteer experience or medical background is needed. Volunteer training is free, but space is limited. Information about training dates: Rita Stanton, hospice volunteer coordinator, 606-7974, ext. 6603.


National Charity League Southern New Hampshire Chapter is a mother-daughter philanthropic organization for moms and their daughters in grades 6-12 dedicated to community service, leadership and cultural exploration. Information: 714-4728 or



Fairview Nursing Home is in search of volunteers to help in its activities department. If you enjoy the senior population and would also like to spend some one-on-one time with the Fairview residents, it could make a real difference in their lives. For more information, call 882-5261 and ask for Kevin McGee, activities director.



The Boxer Rescue is a nonprofit group made up of volunteers who care for homeless, abused and unwanted boxers. The Boxer Rescue is in desperate need of foster homes and volunteers to help build its rescue. Volunteer: Visit Information: 1-800-471-2030.


Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire is recruiting committed volunteers who enjoy a serious challenge to train to be guardians ad litem and advocate for children in their own communities. Applicants must be at least 21 and have a high school diploma. Average of eight to 10 hours per month are required. Training is provided. Information and online application: 624-4600 or diane@casanhorg or


Goodwill Goodguides, a national youth mentoring program, and Child and Family Services of New Hampshire seek volunteer mentors to work with youths ages 13-17 who are at risk for making harmful choices. Mentors are required to invest one hour per week and will work one-on-one with a local youths. A one-year minimum commitment is required from adult mentors. Information: 391-9984 or or


Southern New Hampshire Services’ The Fixit Program is seeking volunteers to help seniors 60 and older and disabled with minor home repairs and maintenance. If you enjoy keeping busy, like using your skills and take pride in knowing you have had a direct impact on another’s life, the RSVP Fixit Corps would like to talk to you. Information: Dee Martin at 668-8010.


Allegiance Hospice and Palliative Care is seeking volunteers in the Manchester area. Information: 606-7974.


The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The foundation is seeking volunteer office helpers at its home base on Elm Street. Volunteers develop their own schedules and perform many tasks. Requirements include three letters of reference and a criminal background check. Information: 623-9474 or write to Nikki Lyons. Make-A-Wish Foundation of N.H., 814 Elm St., Suite 300, Manchester, NH 03101.



The Animal Rescue Network of New England is a nonprofit organization that rescues pets that are scheduled for death row from the South because there simply are not enough homes. They spay, neuter, vaccinate, microchip and treat any medical conditions and then place them in carefully screened forever homes. They are in desperate need of volunteers. Information: 233-4801 or


Barnyard Buddies at Touchstone Farm home of Horse Power in Temple is seeking fun-loving and responsible volunteers. Must be 12 or older and enjoy being around people and animals. Sessions run 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: Terri at 654-6308.


The 4-H Green Thumb Team, an initiative of the New Hampshire Common Ground Garden Project, a program of the UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H, is recruiting new volunteers. The garden is located at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn and serves as an educational site for inner city youths ages 5-14. Volunteer mentors guide youths in exploring gardening through fun, hands-on activities. In addition to teaching children, the Garden Project donates produce to the New Hampshire Food Bank. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities in addition to mentoring youth. Information: Hillsborough County UNH Cooperative Extension office at 641-6060, or Carol Martin Ward at 315-0334 or Susan Kroehl at 641-5623.


Home Health & Hospice Care is seeking volunteers to work in the hospice program with home-bound patients and clients who live in Amherst, Hollis, Hudson, Merrimack, Milford, Nashua, Pelham and Greater Manchester. Free training covers a variety of topics. Individuals interested in hospice training for personal or professional reasons may attend for a $100 fee. Call for training schedule. Register: Tanya Prather at 424-3822 or


Circle Home (formerly the Visiting Nurse Association of Greater Lowell) is seeking hospice volunteers. Free training begins in September. Special need for volunteers to visit with patients and families in Nashua, Hudson, Dunstable, Mass., and Pepperell, Mass. Rewarding activity with flexible schedule and full support. Information: Cathy Damon at 1-978-459-9343, and ask for hospice program;


Meals on Wheels urgently needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound senior citizens and disabled adults from 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. in Bedford, Merrimack, Milford and Nashua. Just a few hours of your assistance on the weekday of your choice can help the elderly and disabled remain healthy and live independently at home. Information: Terri McGrew, assistant program manager at 424-9967 or


The Power of Flowers Project is seeking volunteers to create small, individual arrangements of refreshed and recycled flowers donated from weddings, funerals and party events. Flowers are then delivered free to seniors, veterans, hospital patients and others in need. Floral-arranging experience isn’t required; we will train you. Other volunteer opportunities include picking up or delivering flowers and fundraising. Hours are flexible and vary according to donations and your level of interest. Information: or 1-978-226-8545.


Volunteers are needed to staff area blood drives. Duties entail serving refreshments to donors, welcoming donors and helping them with registration, and escorting donors to lounges and the canteen area. Information: 1-800-262-2660 or 625-1951.


UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center, 153 Paige Hill Road, Goffstown, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities through partnering with the horse to provide therapeutic riding and driving lessons. Volunteers are needed in hour-long time slots, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday to serve as leaders and sidewalkers with UpReach participants. Previous experience isn’t required. Volunteers must be at least 14 and attend a training session. Information: Liz at 497-2343 or


The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program is seeking volunteers to drive patients to and from cancer treatments. Information: 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit SOCCER

Sept. 11: Merrimack 2, Bishop Guertin 1

A late goal from Devin Kachmar gave the Tomahawks all the breathing room they needed as Merrimack came away with a victory over the Cardinals. Cam Liddell assisted the eventual game-winner.

Noah Beygelman netted the first goal for the ‘Hawks, assisted by Ethan Harrington. Ryan Gonzalez had a great game in net for Merrimack, stopping four shots.

Angelo Kotsironis scored the Cardinals’ lone goal, while keeper Matt Hauntsman recorded 17 saves in net as BG fell to 0-4 on the season.

Sept. 15: Merrimack 1, Concord 1 (2OT)

Ethan Harrington scored in the 64th minute to tie Tuesday’s game against Concord at 1, and that’s where it stood after two overtimes. Merrimack (5-0-1) got an assist from Devin Kachmar, while goalie Ryan Gonzalez stopped 14 shots.


Sept. 11: Winnacunnet 44, Merrimack 19

Following a convincing win over Portsmouth to start the season, Merrimack was quickly humbled Friday evening against Winnacunnet on the Seacoast.

The Warriors forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, in their 44-19 blowout over the visiting Tomahawks.

Merrimack actually held an early lead in the first quarter. An 80-yard drive ended with a Brody Kelley 6-yard run, giving the Tomahawks a 7-3 advantage. The Warriors scored on each of their next two possessions to take a nine-point advantage heading to halftime.

Merrimack answered in the third quarter. Quarterback Justin Grassini found Ian Roberts for a 48-yard touchdown pass, making the score 16-13.

From that point on it was all Winnacunnet, as the Warriors went on a 28-6 run to end the game.


Sept. 9: Merrimack sweeps

Senior Brennan Gillis finished with an even-par 36 for medalist honors as his Merrimack Tomahawks scored a 213 to sweep a tri-match with Londonderry (214) and Dover (226) at Passaconaway Country Club in Litchfield.

Also posting scores for Merrimack , which jumped to 3-1, were Nick Edgeworth (42), A.J. Azorian (43), Jon Dinsmore (44) and Jake Chambers (48). Londonderry sits at 5-3, while Dover fell to 1-5.

Sept. 14: Alvirne tops Merrimack, Salem

The Broncos improved to 5-3 with a score of 200, beating Merrimack (211) and Salem (239) at Green Meadow. Jack Brown was the medalist with a 35,while Tyler Lizotte had a 40. Also for the Broncos, Jess Lortie shot a 41, while Nick Boudreau , Curtis Richall and Austin Gill all had 42s.

For the 4-4 Tomahawks, Brennan Gillis fired a 38 while Nick Edgeworth added a 42. Jon Dinsure added a 43, followed by Jake Chambers (44) and A.J. Azorian (44).


Sept. 11: Merrimack 2, Bedford 1

The Tomahawks won their second game of the season after squeezing by Bedford.

Callie Dwyer and Olivia Kapsambelis provided all of the scoring for the Tomahawks. Seeda Sam-Sok stopped four shots in net for Merrimack (2-2).


Sept. 9: Merrimack 3, Timberlane 0

Jo Coffey’s 34 assists and five kills combined with Elise Jolly’s 15 kills paced the offensive attack as Merrimack remained undefeated with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-15 victory over Timberlane Regional in Plaistow.

Katie Flynn (24 digs, seven kills), Lianna Klinger (three aces, 17 digs), Jessica Bonner (16 digs) and Addie Lacey (two blocks, three kills) also had solid nights for the Tomahawks (3-0).

Sept. 11: Merrimack 3, Bedford 1

Merrimack overcame a rough start, winning three straight games to down Bedford. Game scores were 24-26, 25-12, 25-20 and 21-17.

Elise Jolly led the Tomahawks with 22 kills, 23 digs and three blocks, while teammate Jo Coffey added 49 assists, nine aces, 11 digs and one block. Katie Flynn and Lianna Klinger combined for 71 digs in the victory.


Sept. 11: Bishop Guertin 1, Merrimack 0 OT

Marie Laplante received a pass from Kiley Deignan and managed to sneak her shot past the Tomahawks’ keeper, giving the Cardinals a dramatic overtime victory.

Olivia Hilger, Brynn Carroll and Julianna Woolridge played solid defense in front of goalie Caroline Hoffer, who stopped three shots.