White Birch Center honored with Statewide Nonprofit Impact Award

Nonprofit Impact Award Winners Announced

Honorees to be recognized at Nonprofit Impact Celebration April 9th

CONCORD: The NH Center for Nonprofits announces the recipients of its 2018 Nonprofit Impact Awards to be recognized at a celebration on April 9th. The awards are presented each year to honor remarkable people and nonprofit organizations that have made outstanding contributions to their communities.

“The Nonprofit Impact Awards celebrate the vision, strategy and innovation that we see throughout the nonprofit sector,” said Kathleen Reardon, CEO of the NH Center for Nonprofits. “Each of the honorees has made an extraordinary impact on our state by leading and serving with passion and purpose.”

The New Hampshire Impact Award will be presented to Helen Taft, former Executive Director of Families First Health & Support Center to honor her leadership advancing integrated health services that respond to evolving community needs. Throughout her career, Taft consistently pursued better outcomes for patients and families.

The Board Impact Award will be presented to Mary Susan Leahy, attorney at McLane Middleton, recognizing exemplary board leadership with several New Hampshire nonprofit organizations. A pioneer in the area of civics education in the state, Leahy founded and is the board chair of the NH Institute for Civics Education.

The Nonprofit Impact Award will be presented to White Birch Center to recognize exceptional programs and services that support learning and active living for children, adults, and families in Henniker and surrounding communities. The White Birch Center’s leadership sets a high standard of quality, responsiveness and organizational transparency.

The Healthy Community Impact Award, presented by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, will be awarded to Hope on Haven Hill for addressing a critical gap in services for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. By providing comprehensive treatment in a safe and nurturing environment, Hope on Haven Hill has ensured healthy births and supported recovery from addiction.

“We are proud to partner with NH Center for Nonprofits and honor Hope on Haven Hill for developing a solution to one of our state’s most pressing public health issues,” said William Brewster, M.D., Vice President, NH Regional Market for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. “Harvard Pilgrim is committed to providing support to individuals and families across New Hampshire in treatment and recovery for opioid addiction.  We want to acknowledge all nonprofit organizations who are working to ensure healthy, vibrant communities across the state.”

This event will celebrate the Center’s nonprofit members and its many partners who are committed to the common good of New Hampshire communities. Reserve your spot at the event by visiting www.nhnonprofits.org/impact.

The evening is made possible through the generous support of platinum sponsors Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Eastern Bank and gold sponsors E&S Insurance Services, Meredith Village Savings Bank, Merrimack County Savings Bank, and Rock 101.

The NH Center for Nonprofits is a statewide nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the impact and visibility of the nonprofit sector and supporting the growth of nonprofits to reach their mission. Its services include leadership development programs, organizational consultation and assessment, online resource sharing and advocacy.

Summer Camp Fun!

With the end of the school year fast-approaching, families might be discussing how they are spending their summer. Do you need quality care and enrichment opportunities for your child? If so, consider the Summer Camps offered by White Birch Center!

Benefits at a Glance

  • An environment where children feel safe and happy
  • Highly experienced camp staff
  • Weekly field trips with transportation and admission costs included in tuition
  • Themed outdoor adventures, group activities, and individual pursuits
  • STEM and community initiatives
  • Breakfast and afternoon snack provided

Please call 603-428-7860 for more information and to receive an enrollment packet.

Dial-A-Ride Volunteers Needed!

The White Birch Center for Active Living coordinates the Dial-A-Ride program which provides transportation to medical appointments for seniors living in Henniker. We need volunteer drivers! If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer driver, please call 428-3077. Thank you!

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