Bethany Christian Services
Bethany Christian Services envision 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 and to support women and their partners facing unplanned pregnancies.
We realize that not everyone can be a foster or adoptive parent, but there are many ways that you can support those who are providing homes for the children in care. Please visit their website to learn about ways that you can help these children and the families who have stepped up to care for them. Bethany Christian Services is a licensed nonprofit social services agency. To learn more about the many ways that you can help make a difference in the lives of those we serve, please visit their website at http://www.bethany.org/candia or call their Candia office at 603-483-2886.
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, 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 *6:15-8:30am (Set up is at 6:15am , cooking starts at 6:45am and breakfast is served from 7-8am. Clean up is from 8:15 - 8:30am. Not everyone has to be there those entire times , and the length of serving time is flexible):
The kitchen team - typically sets up, cooks and 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 Patricia at email@example.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.
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 month
8:30-9:30am (arrive at 8:00am to help set up)
Sorting donated items at warehouse
40 Ronald Street, Manchester, NH
EVERY Wednesday evening
5 - 6:30pm
To volunteer, email Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Donation of needed items
High quality new or used clothing
Personal care & hygiene items
Household 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: Wednesdays 5 - 6:30pm, Thursdays 6 - 8pm, and Saturdays 9am - 1pm. There is also a Rise Again Outreach Donation Collection bin located in the parking lot of MCC's Manchester campus.
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 email@example.com.