Five selected for Spirit of Giving

The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript is pleased to announce the nonprofits in our region that have been selected for our 4th Annual Spirit of Giving Series: Contoocook Valley Transportation Company, Monadnock RSVP, Dublin Community Preschool, the Jaffrey Food Pantry and Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter, commonly known as MATS.

Beginning today, we’re bringing you their stories in quick succession this month in order to give you an opportunity to consider them in your holiday giving. We want to thank all of the organizations that took the time to apply for our series and, if you weren’t selected this year, we hope you’ll try again next year.

If you don’t drive or don’t have a car, getting around can be tricky in rural New Hampshire. Serving the eastern Monadnock region, CVTC offers rides to people who do not have their own transportation because of age, ability and/or income level. The service helps people get to doctor’s appointments, social services and basic essentials.

Serving Cheshire and western Hillsborough counties, Monadnock RSVP connects adults 55 and older with volunteer opportunities. In 2012, 611 volunteers worked in the community, and 61 percent of them were in programs related to independent living, child literacy, transportation, veterans and military families, transitional housing and blood drives.

Dublin Community Preschool is a state-licensed educational center that has been in operation for nearly half a century. It offers before and after-school programs, as well as preschool, to children ages 3 to 11, including children identified as developmentally delayed. And in doing so, the nonprofit tries to keep tuition affordable.

The Jaffrey Food Pantry at the United Church of Jaffrey is run by a volunteer group that relies on donations to help the most vulnerable in their community. This Thanksgiving, they delivered dinners to 86 families. In September, the pantry helped 184 families, and in October it was 287 families. By Nov. 21, the pantry had served 6,200 people so far this year.

MATS has been offering temporary, transitional shelter to people in the region since 2000, helping people get back on their feet, connect with services and navigate through life-changing experiences. In the last 13 years, 279 people have been served. MATS is also involved in an ongoing dialogue about homelessness prevention.

We hope our Spirit of Giving series will help spread the wealth this holiday season, but we can’t do it without your help. As part of the series, a couple of donation options have been set up. If you are looking for a gift for a loved one, consider making a donation in his or her name to one of the organizations we have selected; we will send you a certificate for you to place “under the tree.” Also, for all one-year subscriptions, renewals and gifts of the Ledger-Transcript purchased during December, the newspaper will donate 15 percent of the value to one of the organizations in our series of your choosing.

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