Pizza & Paint Night at White Birch Center was a hit!

On January 12, ten participants started their night with pizza and wine followed by a group painting session. Artist and teacher, Elaine Emerson, brought all the necessary supplies and patience to lead a step-by-step class using acrylics on canvas. Participants left with a beautiful winter scene they created. This special activity is sure to return by popular demand!

 

Knitted Donations Warm the Heart

Volunteers from the Active Living Program at White Birch Center have been busy this holiday season. The program’s knitting group, The KnitWits, recently donated their time and talent to support some local and statewide causes by trimming their annual Giving Tree with over 200 hand-knit items.

Numerous charities, including Friends of Forgotten Children, Henniker Lions Club, Hope on Haven Hill, and several emergency shelters, will receive these special blankets, sweaters, hats, mittens, slippers, and stuffed animals. This is the fifth year the White Birch volunteers have participated in this labor of love.

This volunteer initiative is just one 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, assist with senior meals, teach hobby classes, and support fundraising initiatives. Last year alone, this dedicated group provided over 1,250 hours of volunteer services valued at nearly $30,000.

2018 Active Living Trips

White Birch Center and Banner Tours & Travel are happy to announce that we have planned the following trips for 2018. Please note that there are a limited number of seats for each trip and payment is required with registration. For more information, call 428-3077 or stop by White Birch to pick up a registration form.

White Birch Center Presents:

Washington, DC Tour & Cherry Blossom Parade
April 12 – 17, 2018

Daffodil Days at Blithewold Mansion – Bristol, RI
Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Norman Rockwell Museum – Stockbridge, MA
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Boston Duck Tour & Old North Church
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Rhode Island Lighthouse Cruise
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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.

Historical White Birch Center Building Replica

Pick up your historical White Birch Center building replica today!

The Henniker Historical Society’s latest Cats Meow© replica offers a beautiful wooden cut-out with artistic and descriptive details of White Birch. The replica, available at White Birch Center and the Henniker Historical Society, is available for $18 with proceeds going to the Historical Society. To purchase one at White Birch, please contact Beth Ann Paul, Director of Active Living atbethannp@whitebirchcc.org

Technology Grants Support Early Learning Assessment at White Birch Center

White Birch Center was recently awarded two generous grants in support of a project to institute technology for assessment practices in Early Learning. The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, Inc., a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation, awarded a $5,000 grant and the Henniker Rotary Club granted $3,000 to this progressive initiative.

Assessment practices in education help to gather and analyze critical information about a child’s development and growth for parents and families. This information also helps educators to plan appropriate curriculum, instruction, and school transitions for children. White Birch Center is implementing a multi-phase plan to integrate the formal assessment tool, Teaching Strategies Gold (TS Gold), into their Early Learning Program. This recognized assessment tool is based on objectives for development and learning, and is aligned with Common Core State Standards and Early Learning Guidelines.

“Instituting technology in a formal assessment plan at White Birch Center is truly reflective of our commitment to be a leader in high-quality early learning practices, these grants help make this possible” states Leanna Lorden, Director of Children’s Programs at White Birch. The grant money awarded will enable White Birch to transition and train from the manual TS Gold system to the software system. Funds will also support the purchase and training needed for the technology hardware, including projection equipment and iPads. The new technology will enhance data collection, analysis, curriculum planning, program evaluation, information retention, and parent inclusion.

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Presents Pinnacle Award to White Birch Center

White Birch Center of Henniker, NH was recently honored as the Non-Profit Business of the Year at the 12th Annual Pinnacle Awards, held at the Marriott Grappone Conference Center in Concord. The Pinnacle Awards, presented through the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, recognize professional excellence and commitment to the Chamber and the community.

Phil Hastings, the Chamber’s incoming chair, recognized each of the recipient’s contributions to a crowd of nearly 250 attendees. Hastings spoke to the important services White Birch Center provides to the community, as well as the organization’s longevity of service, and high standards of practice. Marc McMurphy, Executive Director for White Birch, accepted the award on behalf of the organization’s staff, board of directors, volunteers, program participants, and community supporters. “Non-profits fill a critical gap in our communities; we are honored to receive the Non-Profit Business of the Year Award in recognition of our impact and business practices in serving children, seniors, and families,” stated McMurphy.

Additional Pinnacle award winners included Mayor James Bouley (Business Leader of the Year), Merrimack County Savings Bank (Business of the Year), Arnie’s Place (Small Business of the Year), and Severino Trucking (Outstanding Performance). The Chamber also recognized its Leadership class, outstanding volunteers, and young professionals.

Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Presents Pinnacle Award to White Birch Center

White Birch Center, Pinnacle Award Recipient for Non-Profit Business of the Year (l-r): Bernadette Douzanis, Director of Development; Marc McMurphy, Executive Director; Board Members Jessica Michie-Prieto, Carolyn McKean and Steve Burritt, and community nominator, Johanna Michie (center). Photo Credit: Kristina Carlson, GCCC

Philip Emma, MCSB; Mayor Jim Bouley; Marc McMurphy, White Birch Center

Philip Emma, MCSB; Mayor Jim Bouley; Marc McMurphy, White Birch Center

2017 Pinnacle Award Winners

2017 Pinnacle Award Winners

Arnie's Place, Severino Trucking Company, White Birch Center, Matt Walsh, Patricia Vaillancourt, Merrimack County Savings Bank

Arnie’s Place, Severino Trucking Company, White Birch Center, Matt Walsh, Patricia Vaillancourt, and Philip Emma, Merrimack County Savings Bank

Marc McMurphy, White Birch Center

Marc McMurphy, White Birch Center

Marc McMurphy, White Birch Center

Marc McMurphy, White Birch Center – 2017 Pinnacle Non-Profit of the Year Winner

Photography by Kristina Carlson, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce