After the Learn team narrows the focus of the current topic, the Give team continues with the next step of our yearly cycle. The goal of the Give process is to determine the organizations and programs that best address the current topic, while remaining true to the Giving Circle’s mission and priorities. In order to do this, the Give team analyzes grant applications, and presents findings to the board membership. Board members vote to select the gift recipients.
Giving Circle priorities include:
Improving quality of life of the Seacoast
Serving the socio-economically underprivileged
Fostering independence and self-reliance
Addressing emerging needs and issues
Providing long-term solutions
Investing in the expansion of existing organizations rather than the creation of new ones
TRAUMA DUE TO ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES - $94,000
Giving Cycle 2019-2020
Arts in Reach
Arts in Reach (AIR) empowers teenage girls from southeastern New Hampshire through performance and visual arts education programming that is completely free of charge. The after-school, vacation, and summer programs create a community where girls from 13 to 20 can feel safe to express their authentic selves, build confidence, and take on challenges. THe grant funding will help AIR develop school vacation pilot programs for girls between the ages of 10 and 13.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Hampshire
BBBSNH creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. The grant will be used to create and support 75 one-to-one mentoring relationships in 2020 benefitting Seacoast youth (Littles) impacted by trauma, and to make trauma-informed trainings available to BBBSNH’s staff, mentors (Bigs), and parents of Littles.
The Chase Home for Children
The Chase Home is dedicated to providing supportive and restorative residential and family services to at-risk youth in a safe and nurturing environment. The grant will be used to embed trauma-informed care into their service delivery model, to reduce the impact of trauma due to ACEs on the population they serve.
Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County
The Child Advocacy Center of Rockingham County provides a safe environment for the evaluation of victims of alleged child abuse between the ages of 3 and 18. The 2020 gift will help fund a Family Support Specialist. This position supports child victims and families throughout the interview process by promoting communication and providing resources and referrals.
Haven’s mission is to prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking and to support and empower women, men, youth and families to heal from abuse and rebuild their lives. The grant will provide violence prevention programs in area K-12 schools, to help students identify abuse and trauma, understand the link between trauma and long-term negative health outcomes, and learn how to seek help from adults and resources in the community.
The Mayhew Program
The Mayhew Program challenges and helps at-risk New Hampshire boys to believe in themselves, work well with others, and find their best. Mayhew provides a tuition-free residential summer camp and school mentoring for at-risk boys in New Hampshire ages 10-18. Our 2020 grant will support programming and mentoring for at-risk boys from the Seacoast area. This intensive programming works to ensure that Mayhew boys graduate from high school and establish a plan to lead successful lives.
Seacoast Family Promise
The mission of Seacoast Family Promise (SFP) is to empower families with children experiencing homelessness to achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. The grant will be used to mitigate trauma endured by youth experiencing homelessness by providing customized case management to families and traditional childhood experiences to the youth.