New Hampshire is a great state for volunteering, with around 6,500 registered nonprofits in the state. And we really pitch in. As of 2017 there were 329,600 people volunteering in NH and 70,000 of those people were helping nonprofits in areas like marketing, events planning, and development; using skills they acquired through their work and educational backgrounds.
In the past only around 10% of people under 40 regularly volunteered, but those numbers are growing by leaps and bounds. Young people in New Hampshire and beyond report that they blend their work and personal lives more than any other generation. And that means that they are looking for jobs that provide meaningful tasks and a meaningful connection to the outside world. They tend to stay in jobs that offer volunteer opportunities as one of the perks and they are more likely to volunteer if they feel a connection to the cause and tend to search for causes that resonate with them.
As with the rest of New Hampshire, things are constantly changing in the Nashua area – for the better and for the worse. Some of the positive changes in the region are brought about by people who come together to try to purposefully improve things for the community in the areas of food security, literacy, domestic violence support, housing, youth homelessness, mental health, refugee support, substance abuse, and many others.
United Way of Greater Nashua is working on an initiative to bring together young professionals who are interested in advocacy and in collaborating to make a difference in the community. All young professionals, 40ish and younger, are invited to a kickoff party for United Way’s new young professionals group, “Changemakers United.” The event will be held in Nashua’s makerspace, MakeIt Labs, located at 25 Crown Street on Wednesday, March 11 from 6pm to 8pm.
During the event, several nonprofit agencies will be on hand to talk about what they are already doing within the community and what other types of projects they would like to work on if they had more resources. Attendees will be invited to participate in round table discussions about what they see as vital needs in the region and to do a little brainstorming on projects the “Changemakers United” volunteerism group can work on together.
Young people are dedicated to helping their communities and believe in their power to make a positive change. 90 percent of young professionals under 40 think that they can positively impact their community and beyond, and make our world a better place to live. If you want to be a part of the effort to do good in our community, RSVP to United Way of Greater Nashua’s “Changemakers United” Kickoff Party and find out how you can help.
“Changemakers United” Kickoff Party
Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: MakeIt Labs, 25 Crown Street, Nashua
About the Author
Sara Ceaser, a New Hampshire native, is the Director of Volunteer and Community Engagement at United Way of Greater Nashua. Over the course of her career she has focused her attention on supporting charitable and arts organizations in the areas of community engagement and events management. She has a deep interest in collaboration and planning for the future of our community. She is a member of the Nashua Arts Commission and is a visual artist whose current work in photography focuses on capturing details found in the natural environment.