White Birch Center Senior Volunteer Recognized at Spirit of New Hampshire Awards

Jeannine Aucoin, a program participant of the White Birch Center for Active Living, was recently recognized at the Spirit of New Hampshire Awards for her volunteer efforts in her community. The annual event of Volunteer NH, the state commission for the Corporation for National and Community Service, filled the Capital Center for the Arts in Concord with honorees and community supporters.

Aucoin received a Service Award for her efforts as a volunteer driver for Dial-A-Ride and as an exercise facilitator for a Bone Builders program. Dial-A-Ride is a unique service where volunteer drivers provide transportation to medical appointments for older adults. Bone Builders is a nationally-recognized program which emphasizes increasing muscular strength, balance and bone density to protect against fractures caused by osteoporosis. Both services are sponsored by The Friends RSVP program of Concord and then offered free of charge through hosting organizations such as White Birch.

As a senior who embraces wellness and community involvement, Aucoin enjoys maintaining her health and independence while helping others do the same. When asked to explain why she volunteers, Aucoin shares “I do what I do since I simply ask God each morning to help me do with a joyful heart anything and all He asks me to do that day. I simply try to be open to where I need to be”. Additional programs offered by the White Birch Center for Active Living include educational workshops, cultural programs, dining experiences, leisure activities, games, outings, crafts, community service opportunities, and intergenerational activities.

The mission of White Birch Center is to be a community leader in providing exceptional programs and services that support learning and active living for children, adults, and families. For more information on these programs and White Birch Center, please visit www.whitebirchcc.org.

Jeannine Aucoin, participant of the White Birch Center for Active Living, was recognized at the Spirit of New Hampshire Awards in Concord for her volunteer efforts in her community. Pictured left to right: Marc McMurphy, Executive Director for White Birch Center; Bernadette Douzanis, Director of Development & Community Relations for White Birch Center, Jeannine Aucoin, Volunteer Award recipient, and Louise Cyr, White Birch Center Board President.

Cindy Yanski, Friends RSVP Program Coordinator and volunteer nominator; and Jeannine Aucoin, Senior Volunteer Award recipient from White Birch Center.

Costume Fun at White Birch Center

Every day, Allison Palmer, the Extended Education Site Director for White Birch Center, walks to the Henniker Community School to pick up and drop off the children in her Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program. This week the group enjoyed a costume stroll, as well as other “treats” including a dance party, spider doughnuts, and themed games and art projects.

The K-Wrap program, as it is known, is part of White Birch Center’s Extended Education Program which also includes Before & After school programming, as well camps during school vacations. The Extended Education program offers quality child care and enriching curriculum built around the school day to support the needs of school-aged children and their families.

For more information on these programs and White Birch Center, please browse our website.