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Archive for September, 2016

Lisa’s Story: A Call to Action

homepage-block-crayonsImpact Monadnock believes that advocacy for children and families in the Monadnock Region is crucial to accomplishing its mission and vision. Stories from our friends, neighbors and colleagues provide windows into the realities of being a parent, grandparent or caregiver in New Hampshire.

The story that follows comes from “Lisa,” a Monadnock region grandmother who took custody of her two grandchildren. The story reveals some of the personal and legal challenges that Lisa has faced as a caregiver for two young boys, and it speaks to the importance of taking a stand for the rights of caregivers. The story was written by Rachel Therrien, an intern at Impact Monadnock.

Legislative Forum on Children and Families in the Monadnock Region


On October 10th from 6-8 PM at Keene State College, Impact Monadnock, in partnership with the American Democracy Project of Keene State College, will host a Legislative Forum on Children and Families in the Monadnock Region.

All are welcome to attend this free, public event to talk to local decision-makers about issues affecting children and families in the Monadnock Region. Guest speaker MaryLou Beaver of Every Child Matters will share information about the “Opportunity Gap” and children’s issues at the state level.

Click on the flyer for a downloadable PDF version. For more information, please contact Marj Droppa at 603-352-4209 or

Volunteers Needed for Homework Help

The Keene Housing Kids Collaborative serves kids ages 0-18 living in properties owned or managed by Keene Housing. We are looking for independent, motivated individuals who are interested in helping children and youth succeed academically.

As a Homework Station volunteer, you will help students with their schoolwork, provide support as they learn, and lend an ear as they talk about their school experiences.

Homework Stations are located at Keene Housing properties and provide school aged children a place to do homework in a quiet, supported setting.

Volunteers are needed to staff the Homework Stations M-Th 3-5pm during the school year. Volunteers self-schedule, and whether you are able to volunteer once a week, once a month – the same day every time, or at odd intervals, you can schedule whatever works for you.

Email or call 352-0109 for more information or to request an application.

Community Action Forums coming soon to a school near you

Community_Conversations_Flyer_08292016-rev3Don’t forget! Impact Monadnock, Monadnock Region school districts, and River Valley Community College will be hosting Monadnock Region Community Action Forums on Early Childhood in the upcoming weeks.

These forums will offer:

  • Opportunities for communities to make their voices heard about the challenges facing our young children and families and how best to tackle them.
  • Opportunities to create understanding and awareness of the importance of investing in early childhood as a way to improve the overall well-being of the Monadnock Region.

Forums will be facilitated by New Hampshire Listens, a civic engagement initiative of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. New Hampshire Listens works at the local and state level to support civil, public deliberation of complex issues affecting everyday lives.

Click on the flyer to see the complete listing of dates and locations.

Save the Date: Business Ambassadors Roundtable on October 26th

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Join the Business Ambassadors of Impact Monadnock to learn more about family-friendly workplace policies at a roundtable discussion! The Business Ambassadors are pleased to host keynote speaker Amanda Grappone Osmer, 4th generation owner of Grappone Auto Group in Bow, NH. Amanda will share insights about how her company’s family-friendly policies have contributed to their workplace wellness and overall success.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 26th from 7-8:30 AM at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship (25 Roxbury St, Keene, NH). Doors open and a light breakfast will be served at 6:30 AM. Be sure to mark your calendars for this informative event.

This roundtable is FREE, but space is limited and registration is required. Click here to register. 

Continue reading below to see the event flyer with all the details.

For more information, contact Emily Hall Warren, at 603-283-5265 or