By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
The Community Foundation Opportunity Network is a coalition of U.S. community foundations working together to ensure that all children, regardless of where they live, have an equal opportunity to reach their full potential.
The effort is now getting a major boost from the Ford Foundation with a $300,000 grant.
The Opportunity Network, which is led by Charitable Foundation President Dick Ober, is an unprecedented effort among community foundations to unite in a sustained effort around a single issue. The 43 participating foundations are collaborating to share best practices, tools and resources to advance opportunity in their own regions, while working with partners on the state, regional and national levels to advance equality of opportunity for all of America’s kids.
The Monadnock Economic Development Corporation is working to increase child care availability in the region through the “Bringing it Home” program, which is supporting in-home child care providers.
An integrated response to mental health and substance use disorders is key to promoting health and well-being — and to saving lives. As the science in the field has evolved, so has our work.
CASA volunteers bring stability and consistency to children who need it most. Judges refer a child to CASA when the state opens a child protection case. A volunteer CASA advocate is a child’s representative through court proceedings, developing a trusting relationship and offering extensive information to help judges decide what is best for the child.
"A New Hampshire for All" means that we need all voices from all corners to truly move forward.
A scholarship fund for graduating seniors, started through a crowdsourced effort at a 50th class reunion, continues to gain momentum — and will help Nashua's young people in perpetuity.
Camp Mariposa Nashua, run by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, helps lessen that burden for children whose young lives have been deeply affected by a family member’s substance misuse.
The Community College System of New Hampshire’s “Promise Program” covers the gap between the amount of aid a student receives and the total cost of tuition and fees required to attend one of the seven community colleges in the state.
Traci Fowler, Foundation director of behavioral health, on New Hampshire’s 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Data show behavioral health challenges among New Hampshire’s children and adolescents are real, and they are widespread. But importantly, they are also treatable, and oftentimes preventable. Prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover.
The John Harrigan Memorial Scholarship Fund will help New Hampshire students who are studying Journalism and/or Environmental Science or Policy.
Felicia Fekay of Whitefield is doing the work she loves. She became a licensed practical nurse with help from Charitable Foundation scholarships and plans to continue her studies and become a registered nurse.
Seana McDuffie joined the Charitable Foundation in fall of 2022 as a program and student aid officer. Read about how her experience, including as a U.S. Marine veteran, informs the work she does at the Foundation, about her love of podcasts, movies and retro video games — and about the culture shock and racism she experienced when she first moved to New Hampshire.
With help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship, Joshua Williams is studying at Lakes Region Community College, majoring in Electrical Systems Maintenance and Installation and Electrical Power and Control Technologies. He plans four more years of study for an electrician journeyman’s license, then to earn his master electrician’s certification. He dreams of starting his own business.