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Fundraiser for Richie McFarland Children's Center
 
RMCC is looking for volunteers for Touch A Truck on Saturday, September 22nd.  
 
 
 
Crutches for Africa
 
Past President Bill relates the following regarding C4A:
 
“The next outgoing shipment for Crutches 4 Africa will be on October 6, starting at 9 AM. It will be held at our storage site at 20 Gooch St., Biddeford, ME 04005.
 
As you may remember the funds necessary to make this happen totaling $6,000.00 have been provided by our very own William Cash Fund and we should feel justifiably proud of this fact.
 
I recently assisted in driving a load of mobility devices up to the site and believe me there has been such an outpouring of support for this project. I haven’t an exact figure as to how many volunteers are needed but ‘many hands make short work’. Last year there were 8 of us from Portsmouth and perhaps 30 or 40 people total.
 
The job consists of packaging, packing and stuffing a 10ft x 10ft x 40ft container as full as possible. There was a good showing from interact clubs in the region which is why I’ve added Joanie to this email believing that perhaps this is a wonderful opportunity for a Portsmouth Interact project. We start at nine and we’re out by 12 or 1 feeling good about all we’ve accomplished. If you would like to volunteer your presence would be appreciated.
 
This is the kind of project you bring your significant other, brother or sister or mature children too for a day out helping people we will never meet but will be grateful to you for making their lives just a little bit easier. “
 
Please let Bill Hurley know if you would like to participate.
 
 
Greater Seacoast Coalition to End Homelessness
 
And we received this from Paige Farmer, Director of The Greater Seacoast Coalition to End Homelessness.
 
“Among the many projects and strategies we are working on to prevent and eliminate homelessness in our area, we are hosting an event for rental property owners and managers on September 25th. I was hoping we could share our flyer with you, and that you in turn might share it with the members of your club. We are also happy to provide additional information regarding the Coalition's work and history in the area. Thank you so much for considering!
 
Paige Farmer, Director Greater Seacoast Coalition to End Homelessness c/o United Way of the Greater Seacoast 112 Corporate Ave. Portsmouth, NH 03801 (207) 698-0952
 
Click below for the GSCH Fact Sheet
 
 
 
National Alliance on Mental Illness
 
And this from NAMI:
 
Every year, mental illness impacts the lives of one in five adults and children across the United States. 
 
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) New Hampshire is committed to improving the lives of all people affected by mental illness and suicide through support, education and advocacy.  As a grassroots coalition of people living with mental illness and their families, NAMI NH has over 35 years of service to Granite State children, transition age youth, adults, and seniors, offering statewide activities which provide education/training and support to individuals, families and communities.  The organization also promotes and provides advocacy and empowerment at the individual/family level as well as at the systems level by offering members, volunteers, and stakeholders training and graduated opportunities to build confidence in advocacy and leadership skills. Last year, NAMI NH provided support, education and advocacy to over 21,000 individuals.
 
At NAMI NH, we envision a future where people affected by mental illness have hope, help, and health, and are able to:
  • Access the supports and evidence-based treatment necessary for recovery;
  • Have a lifespan that is not cut short by suicide or co-occurring conditions; and
  • Reach their full potential, living in their communities free from discrimination.
 
On September 30, 2018, for the 16th consecutive year, hundreds of Granite Staters will lace up their sneakers and do their part to support their loved ones, friends, co-workers, and neighbors affected by mental illness and suicide.  Last year over 1,200 Walkers participated in NAMIWalks New Hampshire, the single largest mental health awareness raising event held in the state.  The proceeds from the Walk help sustain life-changing programs at NAMI NH that raise awareness and decrease stigma, help end the isolation that families experiencing mental illness feel, and work to prevent suicide.  We hope the Portsmouth Rotary Club will consider supporting the Walk this year.
 
Fourteen years ago, I found support and compassion at NAMI NH while struggling to understand a family member’s mental illness.  Perhaps someone you know has an illness like this and you’ve seen it firsthand; it is impossible to describe the strain mental illness places on family members.  Without NAMI support groups, my family might have collapsed under the stress.  Most importantly, I learned that I was not alone.  I am asking you to support funding for NAMI New Hampshire’s family and individual support and education programs.  NAMI’s programs are offered free to those in need of help and hope.  Your support of NAMIWalk will help make sure these programs and services are available to the next family who needs them.
 
An overview of the NAMIWalks NH Sponsorship Opportunities and Benefits is attached for your review. (click on link below)  Our Tax ID number is 22-276073.  Should you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me at 603-913-5002 or robin.alvanos@faa.gov.
 
Thank you for your kind consideration of our request.  Together, we can ensure thousands of Granite Staters affected by mental illness and suicide find help and find hope.
  
Sincerely,
 
Robin Alvanos
NAMI New Hampshire Volunteer 
 
 
 
Serving Up Smiles at the Salvation Army
 
Caitlin Burke, Bill Hurley, Sara Treacy and Betsy Scott served up a delicious meal and lots of smiles.
 
If you think you might want to help out at the next Salvation Army service, contact Sara Treacy.
 
 
Sorry We Missed You
 
If you have a makeup for a missed meeting, please email it to the following link:
 
 
 
Check Your Profile
 
The Communications Committee is asking that everyone log onto ClubRunner and check your profile to make sure it is up to date.  Change is part of life and we hope to be able to reflect those changes in our website.  Happy surfing.
 
 
Rotary Connections is back!!!
 
Rotary Connections let’s our members know that their Rotary club is thinking of them.  Members facing a health issue, death in the family or a life celebration, we are here!  
 
If you know of any of our members who may need a Rotary Connections, please reach out to the Cathy Nickerson or President Ben.
 
 
Let us Know What is Happening!
 
If you have an event or news that you would like to share with your fellow Rotarians, please forward the information to Dennis Moulton for inclusion in the weekly eBulletin. My contact information is d-moulton@comcast.net.  And please send photos!
 
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