Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services envisions a world where every child has a loving family.  Today, through no fault of their own, there are children waiting for families in New Hampshire and throughout the world.  We believe God desires His people to provide the homes and support for those children who wait.  In the United States today, there are over 400,000 children in foster care and more than 120,000 of those children are waiting to be adopted into a forever family.  Bethany is there to help these children find homes, to help families and children in crisis, and to support women and their partners facing unplanned pregnancies.
 
There are many ways that you can help make a difference in the lives of those we serve:

 

Community Faith Based Initiative “Faithfully One by One” – This partnership with the NH Division for Children, Youth & Families helps to engage the churches throughout NH to answer God’s call to aid the orphan and fatherless.  We seek to help children, faithfully, one by one to find loving homes (Foster, Adoptive, Respite, Emergency) for children who have been abused or neglected and are entering State foster care.  This program also provides an opportunity to help in many other ways such as being a youth mentor, sponsoring or volunteering at our Foster Appreciation events, Foster Nites Out, Christmas parties, providing basic needs items like carseats, bureaus, clothing or diapers.  Your church also participates in Operation Christmas Joy that provides Christmas gifts and basic needs items for children in State or kinship care or families and children in crisis.

 

Safe Families for Children (SFFC) – Bethany is a key partner with SFFC Alliance.  SFFC NH provides temporary host homes for children, pregnant women, and families in crisis.  This program helps to prevent child abuse and neglect and reduce the number of children entering State foster care, it strengthens and stabilizes families. We partner with local churches to seek individuals willing to be a HOST Family, Family Friend (mentor, or provide childcare and transportation), Family Coach (home visits of children being hosted, setting goals with parents in crisis, and tracking progress), Resource Friends (provide carseats, meals, gift cards, clothes, and other basic needs items as needed), Ministry Lead/Church Coordinator (rally people at your church to get involved and to share volunteer opportunities), Administrative (help SFFC staff to reach out to churches, follow up with volunteers, track outreach, prepare for events).  Visit www.safe-families.orgfor more info. and to volunteer.

Bethany Champions for Children (NH) – You can have the opportunity to be a Champion for Children in NH and to stay connected with other volunteers, raise awareness, and help to grow our programs to serve more children and families.  Join our giving circle and network four times a year with other like-minded folks who have a heart for children and families.

Adoption – Bethany assists in placing children with loving families through our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids (children in State care), Infant Domestic adoption, and International Adoption programs.  Check out our website for upcoming Discover Adoption events in your area where you can learn more about these programs.

Pregnancy Counseling & Support – Bethany provides free pregnancy counseling to anyone in NH who is facing an unplanned pregnancy.

Please visit their website at http://www.bethany.org/candia, email cthomas@bethany.org or call their Candia office at 603-483-2886 for more information.


CASA of New Hampshire

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of New Hampshire recruits, trains and supervises volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in the New Hampshire court system. 

CASA volunteer advocates come from all walks of life. They are compassionate, caring adults who make sure the child’s needs remain a priority during abuse and neglect proceedings in an over-burdened child protection system.

Volunteers spend time getting to know the child or children they are working with and the important adults in that child’s life so they may make qualified, unbiased recommendations to a judge about what they believe to be in the best interests of the child’s future. To learn more about volunteering, click here


Do you know Him? Ministries

Do you know Him? Ministries (dykH?) is an exciting outreach opportunity, begun by members of MCC. Their mission is to love our neighbors as ourselves. If our neighbor is hungry, we will provide food: if cold, we will provide clothing. If they are lonely, we will pray with and comfort them. As faithful stewards of God's grace, they will always proclaim the life-giving message of Jesus Christ, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There is limited food available to our under-resourced neighbors on the weekends. They provide a hot breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning at the Salvation Army (121 Cedar Street, Manchester) and a hot lunch every third Saturday at the 1269 Cafe (351 Chestnut Street, 2nd floor, Manchester). Volunteer opportunities include: Every Saturday and/or Sunday morning at the Salvation Army from *5:00-8:30am (Set up is at 5:00am , cooking starts at 5:15am and breakfast is served from 6:30-7:30am. Clean up is from 7:30 - 8:00am. Not everyone has to be there the entire time, and the length of serving time is flexible): 

· The kitchen team - sets up and cooks’ breakfast. 
· The serving team – serves breakfast. 
· The ministry and fellowship team - offers an opening prayer and message to our neighbors. Individually we fellowship, comfort and pray with them. · For general information, visit doyouknowhim-nh.org. For volunteer information, email info@doyouknowhim-nh.org

Every third Saturday of each month at the 1269 Cafe (see address above) from 11am-1pm: 

· The kitchen team - typically sets up, cooks and serves lunch at the 1269 Cafe (351 Chestnut Street, 2nd floor, Manchester). Email Carrie at cmcg1961@gmail.com for more info or to sign up to serve.


Straight Ahead Ministries

Straight Ahead Ministries’ mission is to see Jesus Christ transform the lives of juvenile offenders.  Their vision is to give every juvenile offender the opportunity to hear and respond to the Gospel and grow into all that God intends them to be.
 
Since 1987 Straight Ahead has been reaching out to youth residing in juvenile correctional and detention facilities, group homes, and residential treatment programs. Countless young lives have been touched and transformed by Christ through Bible Discussion Groups, mentoring, re-entry and job readiness programs, gang reconciliation, substance abuse recovery groups, correspondence ministries, and a variety of other programs and activities.
 
Volunteer Needs in the Manchester area:

  • Bible Discussion Group Leaders - Men and women are needed to serve as co-leaders for weekly one-hour Bible Discussion Groups at the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester. 

  • Special Events/Activities - They welcome your ideas and what you may consider sharing with the youth we visit at the SYSC or juvenile group homes in the area (i.e. music events, chapel services, crafts/skills, testimony, life or career experience, tutoring, visitations, etc.)

  • Staff Opening – As they work to develop the ministry in New Hampshire, they will be looking to add a part- to full-time Ministry Coordinator this year. This individual will be required to raise their own financial support.

 
For more information please contact Laura Williams, State Coordinator, NH/VT: 603-892-3060; LWilliams@Straightahead.org. Visit their national website at Straightahead.org.  Thank you!


New Hampshire Food Bank

Location: 700 East Industrial Park Drive, Manchester, NH 03109 

The New Hampshire Food Bank serves as the only food bank in the state. Last year, the Food Bank distributed over 8.5 million pounds and their agencies provided food to more than 143,000 men, women, and children in NH.

If you have any questions about volunteering, or would like to organize a service project for your family or group, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (603) 669-9725 ext. 1131 or click here to review their volunteer opportunities. 


New Horizons Soup Kitchen & Shelter

New Horizons is currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:

Soup Kitchen Meal Serving
Teams or groups of people are needed to serve dinner each evening.  This is a great way for groups or families to get together and do something to help our community.  A senior meal is served at 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.  The main meal is 4:30 p.m. daily. The volunteer commitment is serving dinner followed by helping to clean the kitchen and yes, dishes.

Food Pantry Food Sorting
A great number of items are donated to New Horizons on a daily basis.  Volunteers are needed to sort, put away and put together bags of food for distribution to the families and individuals who rely upon the Food Pantry.  Various hours during the week are available.

Food Pantry Food Distribution
The Food Pantry distributes food on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. as well as on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Volunteer responsibilities are to help distribute food items to clients, helping them get items to their cars, and helping to clean up when pantry distribution is over.

It is easiest to sign up to volunteer online at http://newhorizonsfornh.orgaction.com/org2/.

If you need to call to coordinate a time to serve, contact the volunteer coordinator at (603) 668-1877 ext. 122. New Horizons is committed to making your volunteer experience enjoyable and rewarding.


Rise Again Outreach

Rise Again Outreach's mission is to share God’s love with people who are in crisis or poverty by helping with their temporal and spiritual needs. 

The volunteer opportunities include:

Distribution of donated clothing, food and personal care items

Old police department facility (351 Chestnut St, corner of Chestnut & Manchester Streets)3rd Saturday of each month9:30-10:30 (arrive at 9:15 am to help set up). To volunteer, email Terri at mtwp@comcast.net

Sorting donated items at warehouse

40 Ronald Street, Manchester, NH EVERY Thursday evening4 - 5:00 pmClick https://manchesterchristian.churchcenter.com/groups/serve-groups/do-you-know-him-clothing-ministry-serve-group to sign up for this Local Serve Group through MCC.

 * Donation of needed items

High quality new or used clothingNon-perishable foodsPersonal care & hygiene itemsHousehold items (towels, sheets, etc)

* Donations are tax deductible and you can drop off your donations at 40 Ronald Street, Manchester, NH (Behind Paul's Executive Car Care and Theo's Restaurant off of Elm Street).  The donation hours are:  Thursdays 4-5:00 pm, and Saturdays 9am - 11am. There is also a Rise Again Outreach Donation Collection bin located in the parking lot of MCC's Manchester campus.


Real Options

Real Options offers pregnancy help services that are fast, free and confidential. Services include: Pregnancy Testing, Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound, Options Education, Parenting Education and Support Services. You are not alone. At one of their centers you can explore your options and receive compassionate, non-judgmental care. More information can be found at www.realoptionsnh.org 

Locations and Contact Information: 

Manchester 

· 25 Lowell St Ste 100 

· Call 603-623-1122 

· Text 603-996-1564 · Email: infomanchester@realoptionsnh.org 

Nashua 

· 110 Main St 

· Call 603-883-1122 

· Text 603-996-1208 · Email: infonashua@realoptionsnh.org


ROCA Kidz exists to provide a safe and fun environment for children to know the genuine love of God, and to inspire and enable people of all ages to impact the world around them using the resources and talents that they already have.

ROCA Kidz serves inner city children at two locations:
140 Wilson Street @Believers Christian Outreach 
222 Cedar Street @Hope tabernacle

Volunteers are needed on Thursdays from 6-7:30pm at either location. For more information and to volunteer, email Jenn at rocakidzclub@gmail.com.

ROCA Kids Club