Volunteers needed for Letter Carrier’s Food Drive

BERLIN -- Volunteers are needed on Saturday, May 12, for the National Association of Letter Carriers - United Way Food Drive to help families and individuals in need. Volunteers will help our local letter carriers and rural route drivers to collect the non-perishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their postal routes. These food donations are brought back to St. Joseph's Church in Berlin where they are sorted, placed in storage boxes and divided among the area's food pantries. As the sorting containers become full, they are loaded unto pallets and made ready for the area's four local pantries: Harvest Christian Fellowship Church – Giving Hope Food Pantry, the Ecumenical Food Pantry, the Salvation Army and Coos County Family Health Services RESPONSE to Sexual and Domestic Violence's safe house, "My Friend's Place." By having volunteers assist with picking up the food, and sorting as it comes in, the donations will be ready for use as soon as they arrive at the local food pantries. Your non-perishable food donations, cleaning supplies, laundry detergents and personal care products are crucial in helping needy families.
If you or a family member has benefited from one of our area food pantries, please try to give back by volunteering this Saturday, May 12. It is a very rewarding volunteer effort and a wonderful experience for families to join together and volunteer to help in your community.
We are all aware of the economic decline leading to high levels of unemployment, raising costs of home heating oil, gasoline and propane, medical care and prescriptions and the ever increasing cost of food. Each of us are struggling daily to maintain our homes, stay warm, pay taxes and take care of our families, we are all feeling the financial crunch. Just imagine the toll it takes on our elderly, the unemployed and those on fixed incomes.
Please remember to make your food donations and place your food by your mailbox early this Saturday morning. If you would like to volunteer to help pick-up and sort the food, please report to St. Joseph's Church at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Two drivers are still needed to follow Berlin letter carrier's on their routes. If you would like to assist by driving, please plan to meet at the Berlin Post Office entrance near the railroad tracks at 9 a.m. to connect with your letter carrier as they begin their route. Please call the United Way at 752-3343 if you have any questions or want to volunteer. Beverages donated by Wal-Mart and lunch donated by Valley Creek Eatery will be provided to all volunteers.

Summer camp scholarships available

The Friends of the Milan Recreation Departmenthave announced that they will be offering scholarships for summer enrichment camps (athletics, arts, outdoor adventure, etc.) for the school aged children (Grades K-12) from Milan and Dummer. Anyone interested in applying for a scholarship or who would like to recommend a child, can call Phoebe Backler (449-2581) by June 15. Thank you to the volunteers and community members who helped raise money for this effort.

Family Night planned at Community Bible Church

BERLIN — A special" family night" service is planned for this Wednesday, May 9, at 6 p.m. for the community. The service will be led by the Special Events Ministries Team from New Brunswick Bible Institute in New Brunswick.
The team is made up of six college students whose heart is showing teens and families who Christ is. They accomplish this through drama and skits focused on teaching biblical truths. The team is conducting a number of youth rallies and family services throughout New England.
All are invited and there will be a time of fellowship following the program. The service will be held at Community Bible Church located at 595 Sullivan Street in Berlin. Call the office at 752-4315 with any questions.

Free classes for families of young children

SAU #58 is offering READY! for Kindergarten classes for parents who have children newborn to age 5. READY! is a grant funded program that is made possible by the New Hampshire Department of Education and the US Department of Education. This program shares information about the lively early-learning years before a child enters school, which lays the foundation for all future learning.
Classes are free to families in SAU #58 and surrounding areas, and free child care and light dinner is provided. Infants under the age of one attend classes with their parents. Parents pick one class to attend based on the age of their child. The first ready class will be offered on Tuesday, May 22, at Groveton Elementary School. All attendees are required to attend an initial orientation from 5:30-6 p.m. where they will receive their READY! notebook and other materials. Dinner will also be provided during the orientation time. READY! classes will immediately follow orientation from 6-7:30 p.m.
Registration for READY! classes is open now. Space is limited, and registration will be taken on a "first come, first served" basis. Contact Shelli Roberts at (603) 636-1092 to register or for more information. Registration can also be completed on line by going to http://goo.gl/Vyisu
READY! is a program for parents that provides information and materials for interactive, hands-on opportunities that nurture literacy, language, math and social emotional development. The program teaches parents how to "Play with a Purpose" which builds strong minds and relationships. Parents learn activities and receive materials to make learning at home fun and effective.
READY! for Kindergarten is an evidence and research based program of the Children's Reading Foundation. For more information visit www.readyforkindergarten.org.

Volunteer to advocate for a child

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH needs your help in meeting its goal of providing an advocate to every abused or neglected child in NH who needs one. CASA seeks committed volunteers who relish a serious challenge to train to be advocates for children in their own communities.
Being a CASA is a life-changing experience. CASA volunteers work with families, social workers, attorneys and judges to ensure safe, permanent homes for these children. They commit to a particular case and visit monthly with the child or children involved. They also attend all court hearings on the case and monitor its progress. They spend an average of 8-10 flexible hours a month per case and work with the courts closest to where they live. CASA's next trainings will be in the North Country, Hanover, Manchester and Dover. CASA of NH invites all interested individuals to learn more about the program, download the application, or view the statewide training calendar at their website, www.casanh.org, or to call 800-626-0622 for more information.