Local Organizations Looking for Volunteers

SGA President Jared Gabrey

The Center for Community Engaged Learning encourages all SNHU students to get involved in their community. To see a list of opportunities that may be of interest to you, please go to the VolunteerNH website at www.volunteernh.org. The Center is also a resource for you to learn more about the community and how to get involved. Should you not find something of interest on volunteernh.org or want to discuss your interests in more details, please feel free to come and visit our office in Stark 14. In addition, the Center plans a number of volunteer opportunities every month for students and staff. Those opportunities can be found on our Facebook page at facebook.com/communityengagedlearning or stop by our office and pick up a calendar of events for each month. 

Below you will be able to read what the organizations are looking for, find out what may interest you, and how you can get involved.

Choose a category:

Animals

Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire
Contact: 
Maureen
Phone:
603.472.3647
Address:
545 Route 101
Bedford, NH 03110

Information:
At this time we are looking for volunteers to assist with cleaning the cat and dog kennels Monday through Friday before 12 noon. These jobs tend to run about 2-3 hours and require a pre-requisite training. We are also in need of volunteers with great customer service skills who enjoy speaking with the public. Some customer service related duties would include:

  • Finding new locations for our canister program and developing a good relationship with those businesses. (You would be assigned one town or a part of one).
  • Traveling to offsite locations such as PETCO and local fairs to represent the shelter in a positive manner. 
  • Becoming a greeter, store volunteer, or adoption counselor.

We are also in need of volunteers who would be willing to work on projects and events either by themselves or with a group of volunteers. We need team players that can work well with others.

Manchester Animal Shelter

Contact:
Ken or Melinda
Phone:
603.628.3544
Address:
490 Dunbarton St.
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Must be 18 years old to volunteer at this organization. Do you love working with animals? Caring for cats? Walking dogs? Interacting with the public? Providing in-home care for young kittens? If you can commit as little as 2-hours per week, we would love to have you on our team! We offer a very flexible volunteering schedule because animals need care every day (and night) of the week. Volunteering is also a great way to contribute to your community, meet other animal lovers, and feel better about yourself.

New England Doglift

Contact:

Address:
816 Elm St.#173
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
New England Doglift is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization based in the Manchester area. We rescue puppies and young dogs from kill shelters down south, bring them to New England by volunteer transports, provide them with appropriate medical attention and place them into foster homes until they are adopted into loving, forever homes. Visit us online at New England Doglift

UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center

Contact:
Kristin Sakaly
Phone:
603.497.2343
Address:
153 Paige Hill Road
Goffstown, NH 03045

Information:

  • Office Help: These volunteers assist with mailings , phone calls, filing, computer data entry, photocopying, and other office work.
  • Special Events: These volunteers assist with the organization and operation of horse shows, fund-raisers, and other events that UpReach hosts or attends.
  • Grant Writing: This volunteer assists with the research and writing of grant proposals that help UpReach survive.
  • Builders/Handy Persons: If you have special skills and knowledge (electricians, carpenters, painters, etc.) we need you for special events!
  • Daily Care Givers: These volunteers are needed to help take care of our wonderful horses. Tasks include, but are not limited to; grooming, exercise riding, cleaning stalls, feeding, and turning out.
  • Side walker: This volunteer will walk/jog next to the rider during the entire therapy session. The side walker is also asked to be available to enthusiastically greet the clients and their families as they enter the facility and prepare for their session. Tasks may include fitting helmets and introducing the students to their horses. As well as assisting leader and student in preparation of the horse.
  • Leader: The leader is responsible for handling the horse during the therapy session. UpReach asks that the leader arrive 10 minutes early to prepare the horse for the session. 

Arts

Currier Gallery of Art

Contact:
Lea Fox
603.669.6144 x119
Address:
192 Orange Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Information:
Hours available after school and Saturdays

  • Assist in re-shelving library
  • Assist with computer work
  • And other tasks

Manchester Historic Association

Contact:
Judy Laflamme
Phone:
603.622.7531
Address:
129 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Hours available from 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

  • Library- assist in reorganizing library to new locations, catalog collections.
  • Education- working with school groups, doing research

Children

CASA-NH

Contact:
603.626.4600
Address:
PO Box 1327
Manchester, NH 03105-1327

Information:
http://www.casanh.org/

  • CASA volunteers are ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They give their time to give NH children a better future.
    There are more than 400 CASA/GAL volunteers throughout the Granite State. They come from all walks of life. Professionals. Tradespeople. Mothers. Fathers. Students. Retirees. People who care.
    Each day, the phone rings with more cases of children who are victimized. Without additional volunteers, we may not be able to answer their need.
    What kind of help? Volunteers can help CASA of NH in two ways:
    Guardians ad Litem (or GALs) are volunteers who are appointed by District and Family Court judges to represent the best interests of a child victim in court cases of abuse and neglect.

Child Health Services

Contact:
Susan Ouellett, Volunteer Coordinator
Phone:
603.668.6629
Address:
1245 Elm St.
Manchester, NH 03101

Directions:
CHS is located on Elm Street, 2 blocks north of Bridge St. in Manchester, between Pearl and Oranges Streets. We are located near the corner of Elm and Orange Streets and across from the New Hampshire branch of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Information:

  • Drivers: Many CHS families need help with transportation. Adults over 21 years of age are needed to drive during such events as dental clinic, summer camp, and other appointments.
  • Office Assistants: Support for our office staff is often needed. Someone who likes to make copies, set up charts, file, or use the computer for special projects would be appreciated.
  • Child Care Providers: Volunteers are needed to occasionally provide care in our waiting room while the parent/guardian is at an appointment.
  • Camp Assistant - (January to July): Volunteer is needed to assist our Camp Coordinator with obtaining information regarding camps, entering information into computer, generating donations, and other miscellaneous tasks.
  • Tutoring: Volunteers are needed to assist children who are having difficulty academically in specific classes or school subjects. The volunteer must have knowledge in that specific academic area, be patient, and be able to relate well to children.
  • Toy Washer: A volunteer is needed weekly to wash examination and waiting room toys. Volunteer must not be allergic to cleaning supplies and must be available on a
    Monday or Tuesday afternoon.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Manchester

Contact:
Meaghan Martel
Phone: 603.669.5365 x206
Address:
25 Lowell St. Suite 201
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Hours of operation: Monday-Friday, 830 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
To become a big brother or big sister:

  • 1 year commitment
  • Go to the child's school for 1 hour per week
  • 2 times a month for 3 to 4 hours

Salvation Army Corps

Contact:
Bob Champagne
Phone:
603.627.7013
Address:
121 Cedar Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Information:
Hours available Monday-Thursday, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

  • The Salvation Army Kids Café needs 25-30 volunteers a night to help with the children during both supper and the supervised activities that follow each meal. Our kids will reward you with a memorable evening for only a two-hour commitment (5-7 p.m.) on your part. Give us a call and make a difference in the life of one of our kids.

Make-A-Wish Foundation® of New Hampshire

Contact:

Phone:
603.623.9474
Email Contact:
Info@newhampshire.wish.org
Address:
66 Hanover Street, Ste. 101
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:

  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire grants the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. We bring countless smiles and priceless memories . . . one wish child at a time.

YMCA of Greater Manchester

Contact:
Joyce Palmer
Phone:
603.232.8648
603.623.3558
Fax: 603.623.5934
Address:
30 Mechanic St.
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Hours available after school in the following areas:
Child Care Program, Monday-Friday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

  • Assist teachers working with children
  • Play with students
  • Reading stories, etc.
  • Sports Programs
  • Peer Adventure
  • Team Program
  • Fitness Area

Girls Incorporated of New Hampshire

Contact:
Pat or Robin
603.623.1117
Address:
815 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Looking for volunteers to help out in after-school hours in following areas

  • Assisting with activities already being run by Girls Incorporated
  • Sharing and teaching a special talent (i.e. yoga, dancing, sports, crafts etc.)
  • Working in "Cafe Lauren"
  • Providing clerical support

BreakThrough

Contact: 
Tina Govatos
Phone:
603.641.9426
Address: 
2108 River Road
Manchester, NH 03104
Website:
 http://www.breakthroughmanchester.org/

Information:

During the school year, BreakThrough is looking for Education Majors to teach Saturday classes and for tutors, especially at the math and high school level.  BreakThrough is also looking for volunteers to apply for their Summer Programs, including programs such as Summer Intern Teaching (application due March 3rd), where students can work with young people in a true teaching experience.

VNA Child Care and Family Resource Center

Contact:
Kim Raymond
Phone:
603.666.982 x. 12
Fax:
603.668.2254
Address:
435 South Main Street
Manchester, NH 03102
Website:
http://www.manchestervna.org/

Information:

Child Care and Family Resource Center, serving children ages six weeks to six years, ninety-five percent of families are low-income. 
Opportunities currently listed include the following: 

  • Patient Contact Volunteer
  • Bereavement Team Coordination Volunteer
  • Stepping Stones Facilitator
  • Angel Food To Go Volunteer
  • Child Care Center Volunteer

If you are unsure about the specific details about the opportunity, or are looking for something different, feel free to contact Kim Raymond or visit the website.

Child and Family Services

Contact: 
Melissa
Phone:
603.518.4000
Fax:
603.668.6260
Website:
http://www.cfsnh.org/

Information:

Child and Family Services is a nonprofit organization that is looking to better future generations by providing an array of social services to children.

UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center

Contact:
Lauren Kochakan
Email:
lauren@preachtrc.org
Phone:
603.497.2343
Fax:
603.497.5367
Address:
153 Paige Hill Road P.O. Box 355
Goffstown, NH 03045
Website:
http://www.upreachtrc.org/

Information:

UpReach is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the physical, emotional and psychological development of challenged children and adults through teaching therapeutic riding and driving lessons.  Training sessions are required.  Students can choose a session that fits schedule.  Upcoming training dates include: Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and Tuesday, February 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  An optional horse handling clinic will be held Tuesday, February 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Food

New Hampshire Food Bank

Contact:
Zachary Pease, Volunteer Coordinator
603.669.9725

Address:
62 West Brook St.
Manchester , NH 03101

Directions:
We are located between Elm St. and Canal St. near the National Guard Armory in Manchester, NH.

New Horizons for New Hampshire, Inc. The Soup Kitchen

Contact:
Lee Martel
Phone:
603.668.1877
Address:
199 Manchester Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Hours available from 3 p.m-4 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays.

  • Assist in preparing food for dinner.
  • Assist in stocking food pantry shelves.
  • And other assigned duties.


Housing

Families in Transition

Contact:
Stephanie Tallini
Phone:
603.641.9441
Fax:
603.641.1244
Address:
122 Market Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Website:
http://www.fitnh.org/

Information:

Families in Transition depends upon volunteers and donors to help families in need.  Volunteering opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Children's literacy and arts programs
  • 1:1 GED tutoring
  • Offer some sort of class on a computer software program you enjoy using
  • Donation coordination

Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services

Contact:
Phone:
603.626.4663
Fax:
603.623.8011

Address:
20 Merrimack St.
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:

Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (MNHS) is a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to rebuilding neighborhoods in and around Manchester. We're a partnership of local residents, businesses, and the city--working together to help families improve the quality of life in their communities.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m, Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


Miscellaneous

American Red Cross

Contact:
Alaine Williams
Phone:
603-318-8792
603-225-6697

Address:
2 Maitlend Street
Concord, NH  03301

Information:

  • Disaster Services

Young people are trained to become involved in all areas of Red Cross Disaster Services, including community disaster education, disaster preparation in their local community, and disaster response through Red Cross disaster action teams.

  • International Services

Young people learn about other cultures by assembling Red Cross school chests and by learning about international humanitarian law and its implications worldwide.

  • Preparedness

In Red Cross first aid, CPR, aquatics, and water safety classes, young people are being educated about leading healthier, safer lives as well as being trained to serve as instructors, lifeguards, and peer educators.

  • Armed Forces Emergency Services

Young people provide volunteer service to the Armed Forces community in clinics, hospitals, and medical centers on military installations around the world, and at VA hospitals.

  • Biomedical Services

Red Cross youth volunteers help with blood drives by recruiting donors, arranging appointments, acting as escorts, and serving refreshments.

  • Community Services

Community activities can include cleaning up streets, planting trees, and organizing food drives. Young people also serve as mentors to peers and younger youth on substance abuse prevention, teen pregnancy prevention, environmental awareness, violence prevention, and other major youth issues.

  • Receptionist

We are in need of a friendly, well spoken, fast learning individual to help answer our phones, direct customer calls, and greet customers walking through our doors.

  • Internship

College and High School students are invited to participate in Red Cross projects to gain real experience with a nonprofit agency. Internships available for credit through your school, no paid internships available.

  • Computer System Maintenance

Computer experience or degree required! Help is needed maintaining our server and systems.

  • Web Page Maintenance

Web experience preferred. Help in maintaining web site, developing new materials, and overall organization of web site.

  • Authorized Provider

An Authorized Provider is an individual or organization that has an American Red Cross trained instructor who can facilitate American Red Cross Health and Safety Services courses in-house. By becoming an Authorized Provider, you can build your own training team to teach American Red Cross Health and Safety Services courses to employees of your business or members of your organization.

  • Certified Instructor

Instructors needed to teach a variety of community health related courses.

  • Community Education Volunteer

Volunteers distribute free informational material to the public on disaster, health, and safety at health fairs, county fairs, or other community events.

  • Military Outreach

Volunteers are needed to assist with outreach to service members within the Greater Manchester jurisdiction. Volunteers will make presentations to service members currently being deployed in regards to what the Red Cross can do for them and their families during times of distance and uncertainty.

  • Damage Assessment

Determines the size and scope of the disaster and the level of damage sustained by dwellings within the affected area. Develops and distributes statistical data related to damage from the disaster and the demographics of the affected populations.

  • Disaster Action Team (DAT)

Red Cross Disaster Action Teams are utilized to place trained volunteers at the scene of both small and large disasters within minutes. DAT volunteers provide immediate identifiable emergency assistance such as housing, food and clothing to victims of disasters.

  • Disaster Health Services (DHS)

License/Certification Required
Provides healthcare in Red Cross facilities and at the scene of disasters. Arranges for emergency and additional assistance in meeting individual family health needs, replacement of glasses, dentures, and medications. DHS also staffs Emergency Aid Stations, Red Cross shelters, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers, and otherwise supports community health care services during disasters.

  • Disaster Mental Health Services (DMH)

License Required
Provides emotional first aid in the form of crisis intervention to victims, witnesses, and emergency workers of disasters. Assesses the psychological needs of victims and emergency workers, provides short-term intervention and/or offers appropriate referrals.

  • Disaster Services Human Resources(DSHR)

Volunteers can also register to become national volunteers, helping to respond to emergencies across the country. Red Cross volunteers who are available may be called to serve up to three weeks at any given national disaster.

  • Family Services

Delivers emergency assistance to affected individuals and families. Services may include assistance with housing, clothing, occupational supplies, and healthcare services. Refers victims to appropriate Red Cross or government/nongovernmental agencies when necessary.

  • Local Disaster Volunteers

Recruits, places, retains, and recognizes local volunteers who support a disaster relief operation. Collaborates with the Coordinator of Disaster Volunteers for recruitment of volunteers affiliated with the affected unit, and recruits volunteer groups from other organizations. Places spontaneous volunteers according to operational needs.

  • Logistics

Secures supplies and materials required for disaster operation, storage, distribution of supplies, and transportation of supplies to the affected sites.

  • Mass Care

Provides services at shelter facilities and provides food service to disaster victims and emergency workers in the disaster area. Provides for bulk distribution of supplies and commodities to the disaster victims.

  • Training

Orients all staff assigned to a disaster relief operation, provides operational training to support capacity building, and conducts periodic fast-track mobilization training in the event of a large disaster.


Family Outfitters Thrift Store

Contact:

Phone:
603.641.6691
Fax:
603.641.5334
Address:
186 Granite St.
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sundays in April 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Additional Info:

  • Family Outfitters is always looking for donations of furniture and household items. To make a donation please call us! Donations to our thrift shop are tax deductible.

Manchester Community Resource Center

Contact:
Phone:
603.647.8965
Fax:
603.647.8971

Address:
177 Lake Ave.
Manchester, NH 03103

Information:
The Manchester Community Resource Center is an organization that assists individuals with education, training, and employment goals.  They work with people who want to better their futures, and specialize in assisting low-income individuals, people with disabilities, refugees and immigrants, and people receiving public assistance.

Manchester Welfare Department

Contact:
Voluntary Action
Phone:
603.668.8601
Address:
510 Chestnut Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Office work, call for hours.
Please note: this is a human services position, it will be necessary to sign a confidentiality agreement.

Greater Manchester Aids Project

Contact:

Phone:
603.623.0710
Address:
170 Lowell Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Information:
The Greater Manchester Aids Project is an organization whose goals are to honor the inherent dignity and strength of individuals who are living with HIV/Aids, promote awareness and safe behaviors to prevent Aids from spreading, and to help and educate society about Aids in any way they can.  They are looking for committed and flexible volunteers.

Science Enrichment Encounters (SEE)

Contact: Rebecca Mayer/Douglas Abuser
Phone:
603.669.0400
Address:
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Hours available from 10 a.m.-3 p.m, Monday-Fridays, 12 a.m.-5p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

  • Assist with exhibits
  • Building new exhibits
  • Working with the public

Special Olympics New Hampshire

Contact:
Carol Cray
Phone:
603.624.1250
Address:
650 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Information:
Special Olympics New Hampshire (SONH) is a nonprofit organization providing sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental challenges. SONH is looking for volunteers to coach the teams, manage and plan events, for office support and to assist in fundraising.
Website:
http://www.sonh.org/

Refugee/Immigrant

International Institute of New Hampshire

Contact:
Ann Sanderson
Phone:
603.647.1500 x118
Address:
15 Pine Street
Manchester, NH 03045

Information:
Hours available from 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., in the summer more time will be available.
Tutoring 1-on-1 in English with other students
Work in computer lab, assist in computers and software programs, focus on English as a second language population
General office work

Latin American Center

Contact:
Greg Schnider
Phone:
603.669.5661
Address:
521 Maple Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Information:
Hours available from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Assist with office duties
Call for more information

Senior Citizens

The Caregivers, Inc.

Contact:
Colly Cleeves
603.622.4948 x201
Address:
960 Auburn Street
Manchester, NH 03103

Information:
Call for available hours. Flexible scheduling.

  • Individuals need to fill out a volunteer application before starting.
  • If you have a car: assist by transporting clients to the grocery store, running errands, etc.
  • Participate in Friendly Visits by visiting 1-on-1 with senior.
  • Note: Criminal background check is required.

Hillcrest Terrace Retirement Community

Contact:
Neila Daggett, Pearl Manor, x343
Phone:
603.645.6500
Address:
9100 Alliance Way
Manchester, NH 03102

Information:
Hours available: 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • 1-on-1 work with a resident writing letters, reading the paper or just being a companion.
    Assist with on-going activities.
  • Please share with residents if you have a special talent. Ex. Playing musical instruments, crafts, etc.
  • Need someone interested in office work and to answer phones.

Integrated Health Services

Contact:
Kelly Judge
Phone:
603.668.8161
Address:
191 Hackett Hill Road
Manchester, NH 03102

Information:

  • Hours available, Weekdays 3 p.m.-6 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, Saturdays/Sundays, Call for hours.
  • 1-on-1 work with a resident writing letters, reading the paper or just being a companion.

MT. Caramel Nursing Home

Contact:
Donna Sanborn
Phone:
603.627.3811
Address:
1235 Myrtle Street
Manchester, NH 03104

Information:

  • Hours available, flexible scheduling.
  • 1-on-1 work with a resident writing letters, reading the paper or just being a companion.
  • Assist with on-going activities.
  • Please share with residents if you have a special talent. Ex. Playing musical instrument, crafts, etc.

Varney School Apartments

Contact:
Pat
Phone:
603.668.5050
Address:
184 Varney Street
Manchester, NH 03102

Information:

  • Hours available anytime.
  • Assist residents with light housecleaning i.e. cleaning out-of-reach windows, vacuuming, etc.