Active Living, Active Giving

Beth Ann Paul, Director of Active Living at White Birch Center assembles food and toiletries WBC volunteers collected for Haiti Relief efforts

Volunteers from the Active Living Program at White Birch Center have been extra busy helping others this holiday season. The group recently donated their time and talent to support an important international effort and some local causes dear to their heart.

For Operation Drum Drop, White Birch Center volunteers collected dry goods and toiletry items to help fill a 55-gallon drum. The items were donated to the Haitian Community Center of New Hampshire for delivery to families in Haiti still struggling with the aftermaths of hurricane devastation.

A group of volunteers at White Birch who refer to themselves as the “Knit-Wits”, recently trimmed a Giving Tree with hundreds of hand-knit items for local charities including: Friends of Forgotten Children, Henniker Lions Club, and two emergency shelters. This is the fourth year WBC Active Living volunteers have participated in this labor of love.

White Birch Center Active Living Program volunteers display their Giving Tree trimmed with hundreds of hand-knit items for local charities. (Standing l-r: Marie Jones and Sandi Lowman, seated l-r: Mabel Vaughn, Fran Lusardi & Roberta Castonguay)

WBC Active Living Giving Tree

These volunteer initiatives are just two of many year-round community service efforts done through White Birch Center. Program members from Henniker and surrounding towns volunteer to drive, facilitate exercise groups, provide luncheons, teach hobby classes, organize donation projects, and support fundraising initiatives. Last year alone, this dedicated group provided over 1,250 hours of volunteer services valued at nearly $30,000.

The mission of White Birch Center is to be a community leader in providing exceptional services that support learning and active living for children, adults, and families. To learn more about the Center for Active Living and other White Birch programs please call 603.428.7860 or visit our Active Living section of the website.