By Lois R. Shea, Senior Writer and Communications Officer |
Fifty growers across the region are growing and sharing traditional Abenaki foods through the Abenaki Seeds Project, a partnership among the Abenaki Trails Project, Kearsarge Food Hub, Hopkinton Historical Society and the Warner Public Market. The truly local foods being produced include flint corn for cornmeal, Abenaki rose corn, skunk pole beans, true red cranberry beans and crookneck squash.
The produce is distributed through the Abenaki Helping Abenaki food pantry in Contoocook. Abenaki chefs prepared some of the foods for a tasting event in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day in October. The project was launched in 2021 to support the local indigenous community with culturally appropriate foods. A Foundation grant has helped support operations.
This benefits the whole community
The nonprofit Indonesia Community Connect is working to create the country’s only Little Indonesia district in Somersworth — drawing business and tourism, while driving community strength and connection.
Nurturing our Civic Health
Civic health undergirds every issue and is a good in and of itself: People are more productive and happy when they are informed, welcomed and respected.
A champion for LGBTQ+ youth
Hershey Hirschkop is executive director of Seacoast Outright, which supports, provides services and advocates for LGBTQ+ kids and their families and offers community training and education. Outright also organizes Portsmouth Pride, which saw a record turnout in 2022.
Tending to our civic health
“For everything else to work, the civic health of our communities needs to be robust.”
Read about how people and nonprofits around the state — from Milford election workers to Seacoast teenagers and outreach educators in Manchester and Nashua — are tending to our civic health and nurturing democracy.
Improving lives with the help of horses
A New Hampshire Charitable Foundation field-of-interest fund, created by a generous donor, supports equine services and other animal therapy in New Hampshire.
What to give? Operating support!
New Hampshire relies heavily on the nonprofit sector, and the nonprofit sector relies on all of us to help keep operations running — in good times and in challenging times.
Standout Concord High athlete is now first in family to attend college
Hamza Abdulrahman is attending college with help from a Foundation scholarship. His scholarship is from the Elizabeth I. Bickel Scholarship fund — which was created by a woman whose own family had emigrated to America, and always found ways to help the next waves of immigrants following behind them.
From journalist to firefighter/EMT
Career change: Meghan Foley used to cover local emergencies as a reporter. Now she responds to them as a firefighter and EMT. With help from a Charitable Foundation scholarship, Meghan is studying Fire Science at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia.
Class Gift of 2021 helped jump-start college careers
Read the final report on the Class Gift to the Class of 2021, including implications for New Hampshire, lessons from neighboring states — and how additional investment in community college for students could benefit New Hampshire students, workforce, economy and communities.
Together we listen
In a time when libraries are facing challenges to books and programs, NH Listens is helping librarians navigate and facilitate difficult conversations.
Together we advocate for fairness
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.
A camp converted into a forever source of support for Nashua-area children
Camp Doucet was enjoyed by thousands of Nashua children for decades. When it fell out of use, the nonprofit association that managed it decided to create two funds to benefit children and families in the Nashua region forever.