Covid-19 has seriously impacted our ability to offer volunteer activities to our young people. Below is a list of opportunities typically offered. While we work on getting back to normal – or the new normal – participants are encouraged to call or text 497-3499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any opportunities of interest.
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Goffstown Television (GTV) is a town-run public access cable station, operating two channels exclusively for Goffstown residents. They are looking for high school-aged volunteers to oversee the recording of events at the high school like games, concerts and assemblies, as well as work video equipment. Other opportunities include town-wide events and even studio based video productions. No experience necessary – they provide training!
Goffstown Public Library is looking for teens entering grades 6 through 12 to be on their Teen Advisory Board (TAB). If you have ideas for library programs or the Teen room or want to suggest things like books, games, movies and programs, this is the perfect opportunity for you! The TAB meets at the Library once a month in a fun relaxed setting.
Community Clothing Center is open Tuesday from 11 to 2, Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm, Thursdays 3-5pm and Saturday mornings from 10 am to Noon. They need volunteers to help sort through donated clothing, and cash out customers.
Goffstown Network Food Pantry is open on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm and Saturday Mornings 10am-12pm. Volunteers are needed to sort canned goods and assist customers with carrying bins out to their cars. The time commitment is generally a shift once a month although you may be able to volunteer for more if needed.
Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center: Generally must commit to at least one hour per week for a 6 week period. Volunteers are assigned one student to stick with for the 6 weeks, so they can connect with the student. Responsibilities include guiding the horse while student rides, as well as providing encouragement and emotional support for student.
Special Olympics is gearing up for another fabulous season and is looking for volunteers to help their athletes. The time commitment is every week after school for 2 hours for one sports season and there are two mandatory track meets in the spring (one overnight). Volunteers are paired up with a Special Olympics athlete for the sports season to provide encouragement while guiding him/her through activities. This is a wonderful program!
The Villager Nursing Home: Keep the elderly company with crafts or playing games such as bingo, trivia, and scrabble.
Bel Air Nursing Home also invites volunteers to keep their residents company by playing games, reading aloud or just spending time with them. They do generally ask that you be 14 yrs or older as it is important that you are responsible, although they will consider grade 7 and up on a trial basis.
Animal Rescue League, Bedford is looking for volunteers ages 14 and up to clean cages, walk dogs, and help out at various fundraisers. All volunteers need this quick “Short Term” application filled out (https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1048979927). Those who are 14 or 15, also need a Youth Employment Certificate (http://media.wix.com/ugd/b1eff0_14fc12b5dbd949ab83b445e22efd88de.pdf). Those who are 16 or 17 years old, just need the application, and a parental permission slip (http://media.wix.com/ugd/b1eff0_cfe66cdb165145e8b600bb071b304f7e.pdf).
St. Matthew’s Church always welcomes those looking to lend a hand.
St. Lawrence Church also always welcomes anyone looking to help out.
New Horizons, Manchester needs volunteers work in the soup kitchen and/or food pantry. The soup kitchen serves daily at 4:30 pm while the pantry is open MWF from 12-1 and Th from 6-7. You may create an account online, and sign up for as little or as many shifts as you would like. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.