For this week’s doing good NH feature I interviewed Patrick Tufts, President and CEO of Granite United Way. Patrick is originally from Salem, Massachusetts. He graduated from UNH and he has lived in NH now for over 10 years! Patrick has been working with the United Way for over 17 years and fell in love with the program as an intern while earning his masters. He says that “I meet and get to work with the absolute best people in NH from every walk of life”.
Not only does Patrick lead Granite United Way, he also serves on the following boards and committees: NH Center of Non Profits, The First Tee of New Hampshire, The Academy at SEE Science and is currently the mayoral nominated co-chair of the 10 year plan to end homelessness in Concord and Manchester!
Here are several facts that you should know about Granite United Way:
- Granite United Way is committed to investing in the areas of the community with the most critical needs – education, income and health. By focusing on these investment initiatives, we are helping people in a new way; we are breaking negative cycles and tackling the root causes of problems to create lasting change. Because we all win when a child succeeds in school, when a family becomes financially stable, when people have good health.
- Over 22,000 donors, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of agency partners work with them to ensure that individuals and families struggling through difficult times have access to the resources that they need.
- The organization serves over half a million residents in NH and VT and covers nearly 80% of the state’s geographic territory.
- Granite United Way has several initiatives including Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Last year they helped over 4,400 residents with this service, which resulted in more than $6.3 million in tax refunds.
- They have offices in Manchester, Concord, West Lebanon, Littleton, Berlin, Plymouth and Laconia.
- Granite United Way also offers many opportunities for NH youth! One program offers at risk students STEM educational activities. They also empower youth in programs like Youth Leadership. Recently they have been working with the Enactus students at PlymouthState to develop a Community Learning Exchange at the Whole Village Family Resource Center.
Want to help and just don’t know how?! Well here is your chance!
To volunteer: If you would like to become a part of the Granite United Way Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) Program contact Kristin at Kristin.McGrath@graniteuw.org. If you would like to volunteer you can contact Val at Val.Guy@graniteuw.org. If you would like to volunteer at the Leadership level, email Jennifer at Jennifer.Pitre@graniteuw.org.
To donate: Tax deductible donations can be sent to Granite United Way, Attn: Central Processing, 22 Concord Street, Floor 2, Manchester, NH 03101 or online.
Save the date: Be on the look out for the Granite United Way Day of Caring in September! This event is state wide and volunteers are sent to many non profits for the day to do painting, light construction, office organizing, and other meaningful tasks. If you, your co-workers, or a group or organization that you are a part of want to help, email Val.
There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own back yards! If you would like us to feature your non profit agency or know of an amazing NH professional giving back email email@example.com
“Our great quality of life is significantly tied to the work done by local not for profits and people working together to advance the common good.” – Patrick Tufts
Until Next Time-Do Good NH!!!