The mission of SCA NH is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the communities and land of New Hampshire through conservation service projects that enhance and protect natural areas and to provide environmental education to promote the understanding and stewardship of these natural areas. SCA New Hampshire (SCA NH) is one of SCA's oldest residential corp programs. The Interns are housed in historic cabins at Bear Brook State Park where they share the joys and struggles of rustic life while dedicating a year of their lives to performing direct service. These highly motivated 18-25 year olds enhance and protect the state’s natural areas as well as provide extensive environmental education. Benefits to corps members include a living allowance, health insurance, an AmeriCorps Education Award and the development of their own leadership and team-building skills. The overall experience develops a strong ethic of active citizenship and practical conservation techniques. Projects served by the SCA NH corps touch the lives of tens of thousands of people. Since its incepting SCA NH has been partnered with the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation and Volunteer NH (AmeriCorps). Over the years the partnerships have expanded throughout the state to include the White Mountain National Forest, St. Gaudens Historic National Park, conservation commissions, and more. Corps Members spend much of the winter months providing environmental education and service learning programs to elementary and middle school students in Manchester, NH as well as several community nonprofits. During the summer, the members are engaged in conservation service in the form of trail construction and maintenance, campground rehabilitation and historic preservation as well as further environmental education through the NH Park Interpretive program, Discover the Power of the Parks.
contact the SCA NH corps office at six-zero-three -485-2191
or email: Teresa McNamee
TMcNamee "at" thesca "dot" org
So many great stories; so many great people and such a great effort in conservation service.
Here's a photos show for your enjoyment.
Around the halls of SCA you sometimes here the phrase "The busy season." Funny thing with the residential corps is that it is always the "busy season." Like any healthy New England lifestyle what we are busy with changes with the seasons.
If you've missed our updates it has been because everyone is out in the field these days. There are 3 adult crews just finishing up Hitch 2 this week. The SCA Manchester teams just finished thier 3rd and 4th hitches for the year. And the NH Parks Interpreters are now based in their parks.
But don't be dismayed, there are blogs outside of this. Check out NH corps crew member Ian's blog here:
and the NH Parks Interpreters here:
And the crews are here and elsewhere:
A few Spring Hitches under our belts, more weeks of conservation season training, Interpretive training, and the joys of enrolling busy high school students for the summer; the SCA NH corps is launching into a busy summer. Rigging with Jed; timber work with Sean; rock'n it with Karl; tread and drainage with Jeremy; corridors and mores (rhymes better) with Hana; painting in the Park; trailer training with Mike; Interpretive with Rebecca; shall I go on? Point is, this is one of the best trained crews in the country! Ready to take on they myriad of projects and programs lined up this summer.
Come on out and say hello!
The conservation crews are getting ready for 4 hitches to help NH Parks with much needed capital improvements. For the uninitiated that basically means the big stuff that lasts a long time, like the buildings.
Check out the pictures of the crews training in painting and restoration on some of the nearby facilities.
Trainings in Wilderness First Responder, canoe safety, Leave No Trace, chainsaw, Interpretive program delivery, and more conservation skills have already finished. Even more skills trainings will be up and coming but first, the NH Corps is jumping into the field for hands-on experience and service work.
As you may have read preiviously, rain or shine, Manchester and Allenstown youth are pouring into Bear Brook by the bus load this and next week. Meanwhile the Leadership High School (CLC) team, SCA Manchester , is enrolling for the summer hitches and preparing overnight camping trips in Bear Brook. And the conservation teams are not only busting out three spring 10-day hitches but also running simultaneous volunteer days.
1. Spring Hitch at St. Guadens helping them get the site ready for Memorial Day Weekend.
2. Spring Hitch at Belmont  pulling glossy buckthorn, and pulling glossy buckthorn, and pulling...you get the idea. Hosted a grade school volunteer team one day, a highschool team on another, and general community groups today.
3. Spring Hitch at Pawtuckaway  getting the site ready for big summer. Painting picnic benches, brushing and clearing camps site, and moving a hill (really, sort of.)
4. Volunteer day lead by SCA with CityYear under the guidance of Sue and three of the corps members. Brushing and clearing, spreading wood chips, building shelves, and getting the NH Children and Family Services Camp Spaulding  ready for summer.
If a picture paints a thousand words then I'll stop typing here and let attach thousands here...
(P.S. If anyone outside the SCA currently reads this: the first to send me (Mike V) an email I'll ship you an SCA water bottle. Just seeing if anyone is out there :-)...
It's that time of year when Manchester 4th and 5th graders begin exploring Bear Brook State Park with the Park Interpreters. With Clare's guidance; Andrea, Jonathan, Stamati, and Maddy have been busily preparing for these fun school field trips in the park. Today we welcomed two bus loads of about seventy 5th graders from Highland Goffs Falls.
Now it's Friday and we have Beech Street School...How fun is this?!?!?!!?
More story's and photos to follow as they welcome more schools over the next couple weeks and get ready to head out host the Discover the Power of the Parks programs at Greenfield, Monadnock, White Lake and Franconia Notch State Parks.
Barely days into conservation season we are obliged to let everyone know about opportunities for volunteering or events we are collaborating with volunteer efforts.
May 18th is going to be a big Volunteer Day with the SCA. Some of our crews will be leading a project with CityYear of Manchester up at Camp Spaulding in Penacook, NH. Spaulding is the summer camp for NH youth provided by NH Children and Families Services. We'll be doing some brushing and clearing to help them get ready for another big summer. We are also continuing a multi-hitch project with the Belmont Conservation Commission; they are partnering with SCA and getting support of NHLA and others to clear glossy buckthorn from a sensative wildlife watershed. This volunteer day will bring in Boy Scouts and High School students to help remove more of the tenacious invasive. Then on Saturday, May 19th the general public and Belmont Con. Comm. supporters will be in to assist.
Winnisquam Echo article - NHLA helps SCA eradicate invasive Glossy Buckthorn in Tioga River Conservation Area
Stay tuned for more and
Pop quiz: can you name the four times the SCA NH corps has had face-time with the Governor of New Hampshire this year?!
Let's face it, Gov. John Lynch is doing a great job of getting out and about and seeing what service in NH is all about this year. Check out the SCA Manchester community page for #4 meeting with him and our great Conservation Leadership Corps of Manchester high school members. If that wasn't enough, we'll be rubbing elbows with Gov. Lynch again next month as SCA has been invited to the Governors Conference on Service.
Meanwhile, SCA NH corps is busy transitioning out of the Education and Servicie Learning program and gearing up for the conservation field season. We'll spare you the gory pictures of open fractures and head wounds while the corps is currently taking their Wilderness First Responders course, but leave it to say they are having a great time and picking up useful skills (which they, hopefully, won't have to use too much this season.)
In another week we'll be welcoming bus loads of Manchester youth for field trips to Bear Brook State Park. Our team of Park Interpreters will be getting them in the water and thicket to expore NH habitat. The high school team will squeeze in, yet another service project in the area, just before digging into conservation skills trainings.
Just another day in the NH corps! and another, and another, and another...stay tuned and get on out there while your at it!
April 14th marked the SCA New Hampshire Corps' Annual Earth Day Celebration in Manchester. For the second year in a row, SCA NH Corps partnered with the Massabesic Audubon Center to celebrate Earth Day and for the second year in a row, the Center got its highest turnout for the event. Over 300 people came to the Earth Day Celebration for a variety of activities, crafts, volunteer efforts, and music.
Fun was had by all as the Corps' Service Learning Projects were on display. This year the projects ranged from building pollinator gardens and enhancing outdoor classrooms, to creating compost and recycling programs for entire schools. The SCA NH Corps brought in some of their work in the form of log benches, hand painted recycle bins, and video interviews of students presenting their work. Visitors participated in recycling relay races, tree cookie painting, and a special fireside story reading of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax (marshmallows included). It is also an opportunity for the students of Manchester to see their SCA teachers outside of school. "I built a bird house with my SCA teacher Max," said 4th grade student Matthew, "we learned to put mesh wire at the bottom so larvae don't hurt the eggs."
Also taking place was a volunteer project conducted by SCA Manchester. The four crew leaders led ten high school volunteers in an effort to prepare the 4H community gardens located at the Audubon Center for another growing season. The high school students worked hard to prepare the 4H beds by weeding, tilling soil, and planting seedlings. They also built new fencing along the perimeters of the beds to keep deer and other critters out. The community gardens at Massabesic Audubon Center serve both as a living classroom for 4H lessons, and a source of food for the New Hampshire Food Bank, which last year produced over 6,000 lbs of produce for underserved citizens of New Hampshire. The volunteer efforts here do not go unnoticed. "Most of the events here at the [Massabesic] Audubon are volunteer run," said one visitor, "and they're always fantastic."
Our Earth Day Celebration may be over, but our work is definitely not as SCA NH Corps begins to prepare for its season of conservation and interpretive programming. For a moment though, we'll have to stop and enjoy the amazing spring weather this April has been giving us and take some time to enjoy the beauty unfolding all around. Stop, take a deep breath, feel the warm sun again, and remember, every day is Earth Day.
Check out over 100 photos  at www.manchesterearthday.com 
(P.S. Ok, so they didn't need hard hats in the garden but it made it more fun and stylin')
A funny comment comes through our office once in a while (funny to us anyhow); folks say something like "hey you can do that during your down time...your off season...when you get some time next week..." With a residentail corps (think: household with family of 34+, or workplace with three 8 hour shifts) there is never "down time." Is it work? Yes. Is it fun? Yes! It's just life around here.
So, this is a quick note to mention that the phenomenal corps of 2012 is just wrapping up Education Season and heading into Conservation Season training. Dozens of Service Learning Projects are coming to fruition (displayed next Saturday, April 14th at the Massabesic Audubon); NH Parks Discover the Power of the Parks programs will soon begin starting with school field trips to Bear Brook; Hitches are booked for the summer and site visits are underway; multiple single day events are planned; and SCA Manchester (the CLC program for high schoolers) is taking the town by storm: waitlisted with every event and getting into high gear for the summer hitches.
Deep breath...........ahhhhhhhhhh....and GO!
As members of the SCA New Hampshire corps, we’re all about service. It’s why we chose to live here in Bear Brook State Park, and it’s what we do everyday. So it should come as no surprise that, as we prepare to host the Manchester Earth Day celebration, there’s one theme that keeps coming up over and over again: service.
The event is set for Saturday, April 14, the first day in a week of Earth Day events hosted around the country by the SCA. From Seattle to Houston to our town of Manchester, SCA members, staff, alumni, and community members will be taking part in conservation events such as tree plantings, park clean ups, and trail maintenance. It’s our way of celebrating the earth and all it provides – by giving back and working to improve the environment in our local communities.
The theme for Manchester Earth Day is “Tread Lightly,” but this only provides a glimpse of what the day will offer. A variety of activities, including recycled craft making, live bluegrass music, and nature walks will provide attendees of all ages with opportunities to have fun, learn something new, and make a difference.
Our SCA NH corps is hosting the event in partnership with New Hampshire Audubon, and as you might expect, we’re also making service a big part of the day’s activities. High schoolers working as part of the SCA Manchester Conservation Leadership Corps will be preparing garden beds that support the New Hampshire Food Bank, putting in the hard work that will provide food for families in need. Additionally, schools from across Manchester will be presenting the Service Learning Projects they worked on with their SCA teachers over the past ten weeks. These projects include pollinator gardens, murals, and outdoor classrooms that give students the chance to learn directly from nature.
Manchester Earth Day will take place from 10am-3pm on Saturday, April 14 at the Massabesic Audubon Center, located at 26 Audubon Way in Auburn. Admission is $5 for individuals and $10 for the whole family. (no charge to students of the SCA’s service learning program.) To learn more, call (603) 668-2045, or visit our websites at www.thesca.org/events  and www.manchesterearthday.com . We hope to see you there!
Tyler Lau 
Growing up in California, I always had a passion for the outdoors. From the first day I joined SCA, I knew many new adventures were ahead. After a busy year traveling the country with SCA I am back in 2012 for more. Having spent 1/3 of the year in the Southeast, 1/3 of the year in the Southwest and 1/3 of the year on an RV I'm excited to be in the Northeast as a part of the SCA NH Corps. The combination of teaching environmental education, conservation projects, and leadership development in a community setting is something I just had to be a part of. If you can't find me at Bear Brook, I may be out hiking, playing frisbee, reading, swimming, thinking and searching for beautiful places to visit. I look forward to new experiences, memories, bonds and adventures as 2012 continues.
Cheers to a good year and beyond!
Members of our SCA NH crew recently discovered a new way to make the most of a weekend – by volunteering at ski resorts around New England to spread the word about conservation and sustainability. At three IZSTYLE Winter Concert Series events, corps members have educated skiers, snowboarders, and music fans about the services provided by SCA crews around the country, while also getting the chance to take advantage of live music and snowy slopes at some of the region’s premier mountains.
The events, featuring an interactive Eco-Village put together by the non-profit group Reverb, have brought together a variety of outdoor gear companies, natural and organic foods producers, and bands – including names such as Guster and the Barenaked Ladies – to encourage winter athletes to take action for sustainability. Volunteers, including our SCA crew, provided visitors with information on event sponsors and the services they provide.
When we were first asked to volunteer at the Cranmore Mountain Resort on February 11, many in our jumped at the opportunity. As corps member Tyler Lau puts it, “It was a great way to get information about conservation and sustainability out to the public.” We set up an informational booth, outreaching for our program and the many other services provided by the SCA, and even helped out at booths sponsored by other vendors.
Chris Olsen, one of four SCA NH members who coordinate the Manchester Conservation Leadership Corps, was happy to have the chance to talk about the ways that the program engages high school students in conservation work. “A lot of people were interested in learning how they could get involved with the SCA,” he notes. “It was great to get to help them out.”
But it didn’t stop there. After having a great time during that first weekend, our group was invited back to subsequent events at Okemo Mountain Resort and the Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, both located in Vermont. Even more crewmembers headed out to these events, continuing to work hard and inform the public about the importance of conservation.
Lau, who has so far spent five days volunteering at the IZSTYLE events, plans to help out on at least one more occasion, this time at the Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire. As he puts it, “Reverb is putting on some really great events. We’re getting a lot of traffic at our SCA booths, and we’re providing useful information about groups who are doing good things for the planet. The attractions draw people in, but then they learn about all these ways that they can do their part.”
Americorps Week summary
April 11-17 was Americorps Week: A chance to recognize all the members who are serving in their communities and across the country. New Hampshire has a long standing and successful record with the Corporation for National and Community Service with the SCA NH corps being one of the oldest residential Americorps programs of its kind in the country. In New Hampshire alone hundreds of members are serving in a variety of programs. The SCA NH corps collaborated in the past week with these organizations to demonstrate the opportunities and impact of service.
The week began with a well-attended alumni reception on Sunday. Monday saw us gathering at the Historic Upham Walker House in our states capital. Official proclamations were made by a representative from the Senate and Gov. Lynch came in person to greet the Americorps members and launch the Week. That evening we gathered at a local college for an Americorps Service Panel which gave the public a chance to hear about the variety of programs serving throughout the state.
Thoughout the week, the state and around the country Americorps members served in their respective programs as they do all year round. In NH these programs include the SCA NH corps; Americorps Victims Assistance Program and Afterschool Program, CityYear, Campus Compact’s Green corps, and variety of VISTAs serving in organizations such as Families in Transistion and the Goodwill. Three of our members also headed over to SCA's program headquarters in Charlestown to meet with Representative Charlie Bass and help him understand the value of Corporation for National and Community Service programs like the Americorps opportunities that SCA has in NH and across the country.
The week concluded with members writing dedication cards to military service personnel and their families; thanking them for their service to our country and dedicating the Americorps Week hours of service. This was completed at the Life After AmeriCorps where members present their programs to each other and attend workshops to help them tap into the variety of opportunities and benefits of being part of Americorps.
As if that wasn’t enough, the 150+ members then walked down town to the Manchester Valley Cemetery to put in an afternoon of service work in the cold rain! The Valley Cemetery is a historic cemetery, city park, and arboretum. Everyone pitched in with scraping clearing the iron fence to prepare it for painting in warmer weather; a view shed was opened up, and 20 bags of trash and recyclables were collected. We were welcomed and thanked by the City Parks and Friends of the Valley Cemetery for support and even Mayor Gatsas and Superintendent of Schools Dr.Bennan stopped by to recognize all the hard efforts and contributions Americorps Service members are making every day.
Education season is in full swing here in Manchester! Our nine teaching teams are spending their days in various Manchester and Allenstown fourth and fifth grade classrooms incorporating environmental education into the existing science curriculum. By the end of the 10 week education program, our corps members will have developed and implemented environmental education curriculum for over 800 students! Our goal is to create lifelong learners and we try to do that by utilizing inquiry-based learning. By creating lessons that require the students to answer questions, create hypotheses and theories, and test their questions we help the students become owners of the questions and the knowledge they gain from answering those questions. Another part of our programming is to integrate as much place-based learning into our lessons as possible. Our corps members have created lessons focused on topics such as New Hampshire geology, native flora and fauna, and habitats of New England. Our education season culminates in a series of Service Learning Projects (SLP), with at least one being completed at each school we are stationed in. The SLP’s are a chance for the students to practice Earth Stewardship by applying what they have learned into a project that benefits their school or community. These projects oftentimes have long-lasting impact in the school and become a beacon and reminder for the students, teachers, and staff that being an Earth Steward is as rewarding as it is beneficial for everyone.
It is the halfway point for the SCA NH Corps as they finish up the fifth week of their education season in schools around the Manchester area. Apart from teaching fourth and fifth graders about the environment and earth stewardship, corps members also find themselves placed in a myriad of volunteer positions around Manchester ranging from 4H after school activities to a variety of programs supplied by Manchester’s Salvation Army. Each week hundreds of children and teens, ranging in ages from five to eighteen, are affected by the services the SCA NH Corps provides to their schools and their extracurricular activities.
Corps members create and implement curriculum for two separate 4H programs, 4H Gone Wild and 4H In the Garden that is partnered with Girls Inc, and introduces students to different environmental topics through fun and engaging learning activities and games. An additional after school program served by the SCA NH Corps is FIT Kids, short for “Family in Transitions,” which works with kids who are currently dealing with homelessness.
The Salvation Army is an additional site where the impact of the SCA NH Corps is felt. Apart from tutoring, members also engage in two nightly programs run by the Salvation Army, Kids Café and Teen Night. Every Tuesday through Thursday a number of SCA members interact with kids ages seven through twelve at Kids Café. After dinner is served and the tables are cleared, kids are allowed to use an assortment of resources. Popular activities include videogames and beading in the crafts room, but the main event is almost always dodge ball, where kid and volunteer are pitted against one another in a high-energy winner take all romp of playground enjoyment. Teen Night, which takes place every Friday and Saturday night, is similar to Kids Café, apart from the gym, which is almost always occupied by boisterous basketball players for the first half of the night, who are latter replaced by an enthusiastic group of soccer players for the last part of the time. .
The SCA NH Corps volunteer efforts to provide an array of programs, serve to both educate and orient the student community of Manchester in a multitude of topics and issues. It is through these efforts the SCA NH Corps is working to make a tangible difference in their community by serving as both instructors and mentors to a future generation of potential leaders in their area.
You may smell that sweet scent of wood smoke before you see them coming, but they are making an impact in Manchester - and it's not their smell!
Momentum has started and shows no signs of slowing down for the four new leaders of the Manchester high school program. After arriving January 8th, these four have hit the ground running contacting organizations, heading into the schools, and planning.
The program kicked off with tremendous turn out motivating the four leaders to explore the possibility of doing more than biweekly meetings. Anticipate new and unique opportunities to come as the summer approaches.Excitement surrounds the new connections and projects in Manchester. Some organizations we will be working with this year are: Manchester Parks and Recreation, Massebesic Audubon Center, the New Hampshire River Council, Manchester Urban Pond Restoration, the Department of Environmental Services and the Nature Conservancy. Be on the lookout for the blue coats on the coast this weekend! The Seacoast Science Center is the next stop for this group.
As always, keep up with their regular posts in the community program section at www.thesca.org/manchester
AmeriCorps Alumni ReceptionSunday, March 11, 2012 - 4-7 p.m., 848 Elm Street Suite 201, Manchester, NH
Who: 75-100 Current AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps alumni
What: The AmeriCorps Alums: New Hampshire Chapter will kick off AmeriCorps week with its second annual AmeriCorps Alums reception. This event is a time for current and former AmeriCorps members to connect, share stories of service, and celebrate their accomplishments. The evening will feature dinner, trivia, and a raffle.
Additional Information: Please RSVP to Maggie Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org . All alumni and currently serving members are welcome!
NH State House Recognition Monday, March 12, 2012 - 4-4:30, Upham Walker House, Concord, NH
Who: 50 Current AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps alumni and Staff
What: AmeriCorps members will have the unique opportunity to sit down with Governor John Lynch and share their stories of service.
Additional Information: Please arrive early to ensure ample time to find parking (street parking only).
AmeriCorps Service PanelMonday, March 12, 6-7:30 - NHTI - Concord's Community College, Sweeny Hall Auditorium, Concord, NH
Who: 75-100 High school juniors and seniors and families; college students; community members interested in full-time service opportunities; current AmeriCorps members interested in doing a second year with another AmeriCorps-affiliated program
What: Join us for this panel discussion featuring representatives from every AmeriCorps program in New Hampshire. Panel representatives will discuss their specific AmeriCorps programs as well as the rewards and challenges of giving a year of full-time service. High school and college students looking to do a year of service, community members interested in full-time volunteer opportunities, and current AmeriCorps members who are interested in continuing their service are encouraged to attend.
Life After AmeriCorps Friday, March 16, 2012 - University of New Hampshire Manchester and 848 Elm Street Suite 201, Manchester, NH
Who: 170 current AmeriCorps members (only)
What: Training opportunity for members to explore next steps after AmeriCorps service
Additional Information: Please dress to transition into the service project in the afternoon. Please direct specific questions to your program director.
Service Project Friday, March 16, 2012 - 1:30 - 4:30, Valley Cemetery Manchester, NH
Who: 170 Current AmeriCorps members, AmeriCorps alums and staff
NH AmeriCorps programs have partnered with Manchester City Parks to commit a half-day service project. Work consists of: fence painting, debris removal, brush clearing, etc. Programs are also partnering with Blue Star Families to dedicate their service to military families. This portion of the day will also include a letter writing campaign to military personnel and military spouses and children.
Additional Information: Please dress to work outside (long pants, warm clothes, hats, gloves, closed-toed shoes, etc). Water and snacks will be provided.
Now, you're probably thinking, "MLK Day that's old news." Sure in today's society where news becomes old right after the next twitter bumps things along but we need to remember that just because something isn't on the front page doesn't mean it's not still current.
On MLK day the Governor of NH, John Lynch, reminded us that while we were distributing food collection bags and bringing in donations, we should think about those that are hungry. Martin Luther King Jr. also reminded people that the struggle goes on long after slavery was over and would continue after the speeches and rallys. You'll also notice that the SCA is just one of many who helped collect food throughout the month. One doesn't always have to take front stage to contribute to the whole production.
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February 15, 2012
PHOTO: HELPING FEED NEW HAMPSHIRE. New Hampshire AmeriCorps programs collected over 2,700 pounds of nonperishable food for the New Hampshire Food Bank, which serves over 130,000 people across the state. From left: Molly Weeber, NH VOAD Coordinator VISTA for Volunteer NH, NH Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Amanda Flitter, VISTA Leader, Families in Transition VISTA Program; Robin McGlone, Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps Victims Assistance Program; Christina Giorgio, VISTA Leader, Families in Transition VISTA Program; Keith Lind, VISTA Leader, NH Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Kim Farias, Development VISTA for NH Food Bank, NH Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Alex Johnson, Resource Development Coordinator VISTA for Volunteer NH, NH Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Maggie Woods, VISTA Leader, Campus Compact for New Hampshire; Elizabeth Hite, State Program Specialist, Corporation for National and Community Service.
AMERICORPS PROGRAMS COLLECT OVER
2700 POUNDS OF FOOD FOR NH FOOD BANK
Food drive with theme of "Hunger Doesn't End after the Holidays"
feeds the hungry, marks national day of service
MANCHESTER - AmeriCorps programs across the state, in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service, collected over 2,700 pounds of food for New Hampshire residents through their food drive, "Hunger Doesn't End After the Holidays." All donations from the drive will benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank, which serves over 130,000 people across the state.
The month-long food drive began in January as a way to commemorate the nation-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, which calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. AmeriCorps members collected food door-to-door in Manchester and also distributed food donation boxes across the state.
To learn more about how to support the NH Food Bank, visit www.nhfoodbank.org  or call 603-669-9725.
AmeriCorps engages more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees Senior Corps. The following New Hampshire AmeriCorps projects participated in and organized the food drive: Families in Transition VISTA Program; New Hampshire Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Campus Compact for New Hampshire; City Year New Hampshire; AmeriCorps Victims Assistance Program; Student Conservation Association; Green Corps; AmeriCorps Alums: NH Chapter.