The past year and a half have been challenging, and school teachers and staff have navigated a shifting health landscape and persistent student need for tech supplies and support. But for those working or volunteering in New Hampshire schools, it can help to take stock of your community’s network and make sure to plug in to local supports. If you’re not already following the United Way in your community, it’s worth a minute to get familiar.
The United Way has a presence across the state. The organization brings donors, businesses, non-profits, government, and faith-based groups together to strengthen communities with specific focus on health, economic mobility, and education.
According to United Way of Greater Nashua President Mike Apfelberg:
Every local United Way has unique resources which can be critical for teachers in supporting their students and student families. These resources can range referrals to local partners such as housing and food supports to actual academic supports like tutoring or school supplies. These days it’s so important to be in a position to connect students to resources in order to foster success, and your local United Way connection can be a key partner in making this happen.”
Speaking as a staff in higher education in Nashua, we connect with the United Way of Greater Nashua for community causes, events, internship programs and scholarship opportunities. But especially since the start of the pandemic, the United Way has gone above and beyond to support New Hampshire students. Here are just a few examples:
School & Health Supplies
The United Way of Greater Nashua has a “school supply pantry” with Chromebooks and other typical school supplies for local K-12 and college students. They also received 1.5M face masks from FEMA for distribution to New Hampshire schools, and other nonprofits. Anyone in the Greater Nashua area can learn more via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The United Way hosts an annual Sleep Out to End Homelessness in Nashua, which will be taking place November 12-13 this year. While housing insecurity touches all age groups, in Nashua there’s an estimated 300 children in the public school district without permanent housing.
Student and youth groups are welcome to attend the event. See details online.
There are opportunities to volunteer through the United Way year-round, like the Day of Caring, Community Baby Shower, and Food Packing Events. For education-related volunteering posts, the United Way of Greater Nashua’s “Learn United” tutoring program is open to students in grades K through 11 in all subjects. Anyone interested in being a tutor can fill out the questionnaire online.
Find your United Way
Learn more about the United Way for Greater Nashua online.
Are you outside of Greater Nashua? Find more information about your local United Way, visit Granite United Way here.