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.”
We launch this plan with understanding of how far we have to go, and excitement about how far we can go, in partnership with New Hampshire’s nonprofits and generous donors.
As the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation undertook a strategic planning process to set priorities for the coming years, we first set out to listen closely to people who have faced those barriers.
Charitable Foundation opposes bill that would undermine the availability of reliable and valid data that is critical to helping keep New Hampshire’s young people healthy.
In 2021, the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund made more than $3.7 million in grants to support the North Country and surrounding communities in Quebec and Vermont. Read the stories of how the North Country's nonprofit sector has faced the combined challenges of our times with tenacity, ingenuity and strength.
Volunteering in this effort means helping families with children move out of poverty: Research from Columbia University estimated that the expanded child tax credit alone kept 3.8 million children out of poverty in November 2021 — which translates to a 30 percent dip in the overall child poverty rate in the U.S.
Christina joins the Foundation as director of early childhood and family supports. She talks with colleague Lois Shea about promising developments for families and children, her love of her home state of New Hampshire — and why she is optimistic for the future.
In November of 2020, amid very dark days of the pandemic, all New Hampshire voters were allowed to vote by absentee in a general election — for the first time ever. But not everyone knew how. A coalition of New Hampshire nonprofits worked to help ensure that everyone understood how to vote safely and securely.
Citizen participation has always been a priority for the New Hampshire legislature. The health of our citizen government depends on it. And the health of our people and economy depend on stemming the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation joins many others in urging House and Senate leaders to provide the people of New Hampshire the option to testify remotely during the upcoming legislative session.
Grants from the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund, combined with federal CARES Act funding, made it possible for the cities of Manchester and Nashua to each hire four community health workers to to help people of color access care, testing and other services and resources to improve health outcomes.
In an era of new complexities, tensions and awareness, the New Hampshire program of the American Friends Service Committee has been unwavering and expansive in its dedication to mission, working on a towering array of issues — from racial equity to immigrants’ rights to economic justice.
As people took to local trails in record numbers during a global pandemic, they discovered that much of that open space had been conserved and access to it provided by small land trusts like Bear-Paw Regional Greenways.
Khaleel Shreet is director and senior coach at the New Hampshire Duet Program. “Through my education, I was able to transform my whole life,” he says. “I feel privileged to enjoy the life I have with my wife and daughter and I look forward to helping others reach their potential.”