In preparation for the Holiday Food Basket Project, the Capital Region Food Program (CRFP) is making donation canisters available at local businesses and banks throughout the greater capital region. Every dollar donated purchases food to assist economically and physically challenged individuals and families throughout Concord and the surrounding 17 communities served by the CRFP, at the holidays and throughout the year. Canisters are distributed throughout the Greater Concord Area in mid-November and will be available for donations through December 25. If your organization would like to become a canister site, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit capitalregionfoodprogram.org for more information on how to organize a food drive, to donate and to volunteer, and to find a list of partner agencies supported by CRFP efforts.
Sponsor a gala
The Woman’s Club of Concord is presenting a black-tie New Year’s Eve Gala evening of dinner and dancing at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts. Entertainment will be by the Club Soda Band. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at womansclubofconcord.org. Proceeds will benefit The Chamberlain House. The club is looking for event sponsors (many levels available), product and service donations, and program booklet advertisers. Contact Mia McGhee at email@example.com
A group of concerned citizens and organizations have formed an alliance to build community around the Main Street redesign project, and to rally support for downtown businesses. Calling themselves “Friends of Downtown,” they are partnering with the Capital Area Wellness Coalition to sponsor “I Prefer To Walk! Day” Saturday in downtown Concord. “I Prefer To Walk! Day” coincides with Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting local small businesses.
People arriving for the event by car are encouraged to park somewhere off Main Street if they are able, either on the side streets or in one of downtown’s three parking garages, all of which are free on weekends.
Participants are also invited to join Be Local Concord (belocalconcord.com), an initiative of Intown Concord, to receive special incentives and discounts at local businesses. For more information, call Althea Barton at 753-9609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toys for tots
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission and the United States Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program will collect new and unwrapped toys for children through Dec. 15 at select New Hampshire Liquor and Wine outlets. Visit Liquorand
WineOutlets.com for locations.
The Henniker Food Pantry is in need of several more volunteers for 2013. The pantry needs people who can help distribute food on Wednesday evenings for one hour once every six weeks.
Call Denise Getts at 494-9675 to inquire about this and other opportunities to help.