By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
Susan Griffin has taught at least a thousand students who have come through Brown Elementary School in Berlin over the last four decades.
When she does errands, she is probably the most frequently hugged person in the city. She has students now whose parents she taught. She remembers all of their names.
One former pupil, bagging her groceries, challenged: “I bet you don’t remember my name” She didn’t hesitate. “Mark, how could I forget you?”
Susan has devoted her life to the children of Berlin, and in 2017 was awarded the Louise Tillotson Teaching Fellowship, a $10,000 stipend intended to support public school teachers. (Some of which she used immediately to replace chapter books in her second-grade classroom.)
Susan has never considered teaching, or living, anywhere else.
“I was born and brought up here and just wanted to remain true to my sense of community,” she said. “I love this area, I love the people and I wanted to dedicate my work to the community of Berlin.”
In recent years, the Charitable Foundation has made investments that helped push statewide policy change and funding, build coalitions and secure significant federal dollars to help improve outcomes for young children. Christina Lachance, who had been leading that work, has now taken the helm as director of the New Hampshire Council For Thriving Children.
The Respect for All Youth Fund at the Charitable Foundation is supporting PRISM, a partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire and Seacoast Outright, to make sure that LGBTQ youth have supportive mentors in their lives.
The ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic mean an increase in need for services from the nonprofit that represents people in civil cases. Unlike in criminal cases, litigants in civil court have no guarantee of counsel, even when their homes, economic stability or personal safety are on the line. That is where New Hampshire Legal Assistance comes in. A grant from the Foundation's Community Crisis Action Fund is helping meet the need.
The New Hampshire Food Bank has hired a North Country food systems coordinator, with help from a grant from the Foundation's Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund, to work with local organizations, strengthen infrastructure, improve accessibility to fresh food and improve distribution in the region.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, it hit the lives of vulnerable families with an overwhelming tangle of complication and peril. Family resource centers around the state rose to the moment, coming to the aid of people who needed them.
Many children who rely on intervention counselors like Amber Roux have had a lifetime’s worth of obstacles and traumas thrown at them before their tenth birthdays. Generous support from Charitable Foundation donors has helped to keep those counselors in Franklin's schools.
New Hampshire Emergency Child Care Collaborative creates statewide system to provide care for the children of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Report details efforts to increase opportunities to help more young people in New Hampshire reach their potential.
The Greater Nashua Dental Connection has been providing access to dental care to vulnerable residents — from children to elders — for more than two decades.
Taproot Farm & Environmental Education Center makes communities stronger by connecting people with healthy, local food.
Lakes Region Family Resource Center is one of 18 in New Hampshire that provide wraparound services to help families thrive.
New position created with funding from Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund brings energy-efficiency to towns and school districts, with an eye to driving demand for sustainable energy systems and creating jobs in related industries.