Lois R. Shea

Senior Writer and Content Manager

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Community happens when it’s safe to talk about the hard things

The New Hampshire Theatre Project's “Elephant in the Room” series uses theatre to bring people together to talk about immensely difficult things — suicide, eating disorders, substance misuse — and connect people with resources available to help

Community happens when seniors are connected

The Penacook Community Center offers programs for neighbors of all ages — from infants to elders. For Kathy and Paul St. Louis, the center's senior programs gave them a way to create strong community connections when they moved to town

JerriAnne Boggis and Joseph Morone join New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Board

JerriAnne Boggis, executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, and Joseph Morone, past president and CEO of Albany International Corporation, are the newest members of the 14-member governing board which oversees grantmaking, finances, stewardship of philanthropic resources and strategic initiatives for statewide community foundation

A legacy of paying it forward

Mark Connolly spent his career "paying forward" the hand-up that helped him finish college and embark on a lifetime of accomplishments. Now, a scholarship fund in his name will continue to do the same for New Hampshire students

Community happens when good is built from tragedy

The Austin17 House in Brentwood is a place where young people feel connected, and heard, and celebrated

Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund awards nearly $1 million to support the North Country

Families will have increased access to nutritious foods. Community forests in Gorham and Milan will expand, providing additional income, lumber and open space for recreation. A local community college will train students for high-demand careers in industrial mechanics. And more.

Community happens when a young man becomes a mentor

Brandon Pierre is a mentor with the Mayhew Program. Mayhew doesn’t change people, Brandon says. It gives boys “an authentic, honest belief in themselves — which allows them to change their future.”

Ways to help migrant families

Nonprofits are helping migrant children and families at the U.S./Mexico border, safeguarding immigrant and refugee rights nationwide – and assisting New American families right here in New Hampshire.

Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowships awarded to three North Country teachers

Since 2007, the Louise Tillotson Fellowship has awarded $445,100 to North Country public school educators

$690,000 in grants awarded for river and watershed conservation

Projects will help improve water quality, habitat, biodiversity, and flood resilience in Connecticut River watershed

Community happens when new neighbors become old friends

The Dover Adult Learning Center serves about 1,000 students a year in its core classes — from high school diploma and equivalency classes to English for speakers of other languages, adult literacy, computer skills and career pathways

Welding her way to the career of her dreams

Medallion Fund scholarships helped Michelle Porter earn her degree in Welding Technology from Manchester Community College