September 01, 2017

Senators Shaheen, Hassan Announce Volunteer Generation Fund Grant to Strengthen Volunteer Engagement in New Hampshire

WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) announced that Volunteer New Hampshire (VNH) has received a grant through the Volunteer Generation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs. Volunteer NH will use the Volunteer Generation Fund grant to increase volunteer engagement statewide in New Hampshire, expand volunteer opportunities, and build the capacity of nonprofits to work with volunteers to achieve high-impact results.

“Community service is key to tackling many of the challenges New Hampshire faces, and we are so glad to have Volunteer NH working hard in our communities,” said Senator Shaheen. “I congratulate Volunteer NH on receiving this grant, and I thank all of its members who dedicate their time to improving the lives of their fellow Granite Staters. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I'll continue to work across the aisle to ensure the Corporation for National Community Services receives the funding it needs."

“New Hampshire has a long tradition of civic engagement, and Volunteer NH plays a critical role in tapping into the ‘all-hands-on-deck’ spirit of our people, engaging and empowering Granite Staters to give back to their communities,” Senator Hassan said. “I am proud to announce this grant, which will help expand volunteer engagement throughout the Granite State and reinforces the importance of continuing to support funding for the Corporation for National and Community Service."

“Volunteer Generation funding will enable Volunteer NH to grow the infrastructure support for Volunteer Service and strengthen citizen service in New Hampshire. Volunteer NH will use its “Get Connected” volunteer match program to assist nonprofit organizations across the state with volunteer recruitment, connecting volunteers with volunteer opportunities throughout their communities,” said Gretchen Berger, Executive Director of Volunteer NH. “In addition, Volunteer NH will be able to support the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits in providing critical High Impact Volunteer Engagement programming for nonprofit organizations in New Hampshire.”

“We are pleased to join forces with Volunteer NH to deepen the engagement of volunteers in our communities,” said Kathleen Reardon, CEO of the NH Center for Nonprofits. “This grant funding will help nonprofit organizations effectively harness the professional skills of volunteers for increased impact on their organizations and missions.”

Volunteer NH was awarded more than $131,000 from the Volunteer Generation Fund to expand and strengthen volunteer engagement throughout New Hampshire. Volunteer NH will partner with the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits to deliver nonprofit training and engage in outreach to the nonprofit and volunteer sectors. The grant award is for three years.