By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
Gretchen Carlson was a river rat — tooling around the river from the time she could handle a boat, observing every critter that swam and dove and fished.
Now, as program manager at the Gundalow Company, she teaches children about the science and history of Seacoast waterways. And she inspires a whole new generation of river rats.
Onboard the Gundalow Piscataqua, a replica of the barges that moved goods and people around the Piscataqua River watershed starting in the 1600s, Gretchen is all questions to a crew of fourth-graders: “Is it high tide or low tide? Where do phytoplankton get their energy? Do you think seals eat lobster?”
Gretchen is a former elementary school teacher with a graduate degree in climatology; she and her crew of volunteer educators work with about 2,500 kids every year.
On board, youngsters are scientists, navigators, observers — and crew. The philosophy of the Gundalow’s hands-on environmental and history
education is simple: “If you experience it, you will care about it. If you care about it, you will protect it.”
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside-down for children and teens, leaving families and schools looking for ways to help young people overcome feelings of profound uncertainty, anxiety and isolation. The SOAR program at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton, was designed specifically to help young people cope with COVID’s fallout.
The latest issue of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Purpose newsletter is available online, with hard copies arriving in mailboxes soon.
Foundation contracted with the independent Center for Effective Philanthropy to conduct a confidential survey of our grantees to learn more about how they perceive our work, and ways we might improve it. Read the full report, below.
The Greater Rochester Community Health Foundation’s mission is to improve the health and well-being and reduce the burden of illness of people in Strafford County and surrounding communities.
Katie Merrow, who led the Charitable Foundation's community impact department for 14 years with outstanding distinction, has made the decision to hand off the reins. The Foundation is deeply grateful to Katie. "We will dearly miss her passion, her commitment to the work, and her tireless drive to make New Hampshire a better community,” said president and CEO Dick Ober.
A new study by the Civics Center, a national nonpartisan organization that works to increase high school voter registration, shows that comparatively few 18-year-olds in New Hampshire are registered to vote. The study was commissioned by the Charitable Foundation to help understand the landscape of youth voting in the state.
As the North Country region grows and transforms, the Tillotson Fund will continue to build deep community connection and ensure that the philosophy and legacies of Neil and Louise Tillotson are embedded into the work.
Hurricanes Fiona and Ian have caused widespread devastation and suffering for the people of Puerto Rico and Florida. Resources are available for how best to help victims of those extreme storms.
To help improve outcomes for New Hampshire’s children, the Foundation is supporting the work of the NH School Funding Fairness Project, Reaching Higher NH and other grassroots organizations.
National campaign encourages nonprofit organizations to provide time off for workers to get to the polls on Election Day.
In the latest issue of Purpose, we learn about the many ways in which New Hampshire’s nonprofit organizations are addressing the state’s affordable housing crisis — and meet a family now living in safe and secure housing thanks to that work. Also in this issue, we meet Tina Philibotte, chief equity officer for the Manchester School District, learn about how a New Hampshire man saved for years for a scholarship to benefit other students, and more.
The Foundation’s website, nhcf.org, has been updated to be more accessible to people with a range of disabilities — including blindness, low vision, deafness and hearing loss.