PELHAM GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND

People Helping People Since 1969

About the Pelham Good Neighbor Fund

The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund was established in 1969 by Pelham residents who wanted to provide food and financial assistance for their less fortunate neighbors.  We have helped over 2700 residents in the last forty-five years. Our slogan is People Helping People and that has certainly been our experience in good times as well as bad times in the town of Pelham.

Currently, there is a core committee of 15 active members who volunteer their time to help our neighbors in need 52 weeks a year.

Our fund is made possible by the generosity of our neighbors

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We sponsor fund-raising events as well as food drives.
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The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Committee

Pictured First Row Left to Right: Frank Sullivan, Brenda Blake, Holly Lagarde, Jeanne DiRocco, Priscilla Pike-Church,
Cheryl Brunelle, Mary Ann Roche and Jimmy Roche

Second Row Left to Right: Dennis Hogan, Darlene Michaud, Karen Fournier, Anne Perriello and Chris Beaudry

Missing: Chuck Curtis and Ann Marie Lacharite

THE PELHAM GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND’S ACTIVITIES IN 2016

Background:

  • Established in 1969

  • Non-Profit Organization 501(C)(3) Tax ID#02-0484080

  • Fifteen active members

  • Approximately 2700 Pelham, New Hampshire residents have received financial assistance

  • Referral Committee handles all requests for financial assistance confidentially

Mission Statement:

  • To provide Pelham, New Hampshire residents who are in financial need with emergency assistance for rent, heat, electricity, food and other household expenses.

  • Appropriate fund raising activities are coordinated by the Directors which includes an Annual Golf Tournament and Christmas Drive as well as donations which come from the local business community, organizations, schools, churches, families and individuals.

Fund Raising in 2016:

  • 23rd Annual Golf Tournament raised $16,544

  • 47th Annual Christmas Drive raised $14,620 which includes $1000 food gift cards

  • Donations come from the local business community, organizations, schools, churches, families and individuals

Activities in 2016:

  • 17th. Annual Scholarship – awarded two $2500 scholarship and over the last 17 years a total of 23 scholarships have been awarded for a total of $57,500

  • Provided financial assistance to 23 families and individuals for household expenses, donations of $500 to Bridges Women’s Shelter, $500 to Southern New Hampshire Mission Men’s Shelter, $1000 to Salem Caregivers and $2000 to the Pelham Community Coalition to sponsor an event on substance abuse which was held on January 25, 2016 for a total amount of $28,688.

  • 27th Annual Sponsor-A-Child program at Christmas – provided clothes, food, food gift cards and toys for 24 families which included 49 children amounting to approximately $7000. The Salem/Derry Elks provided food for 10 families in Pelham. The remaining food collected at the Christmas Drive was given to the St. Patrick’s Food Pantry.

  • Participated in the Celebration of Excellence Award sponsored by Enterprise Bank

  • Attended Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union “We Share A Thread Foundation” fundraiser

Business Donations Awarded to PGNF:

  • Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union through their “We Share A thread Foundation” awarded the PGNF $1000 for supporting their mission and PGNF commitment to the community.

  • Hannaford presented PGNF with $500 in gift cards for being one of the major contributors to the success of the Pelham Store winning the competition with other surrounding stores for the Helping Hands Boxes Program

  • Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program raised $271 for PGNF.

  • Liberty Utilities donated $500 to PGNF

The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund Mission

Our mission is to provide Pelham residents who are in financial need, with emergency assistance for rent, heat, electricity, food and other critical expenses. In order to provide financial assistance to our Neighbors In Need, we have our Annual Golf Tournament and Christmas Drive. In addition, we receive donations from the local business community, organizations, schools, churches, families and individuals throughout the year. The people in Pelham have been very supportive in good times as well as bad times. This support has allowed us to help the people in town who are going through some difficult times. When people call us looking for help, we treat everyone with respect because we know that they are embarrassed about their situation and we tell them that our conversation will be held in strict confidence. We ask them some questions about their financial situation and their particular request for help. It is then reviewed with two other members on the committee and a decision is made on their request. If the decision is to help that individual , we will send a check to the company to pay a particular bill. If they need food, we will give them a food gift card which only allows them to buy food and if they don’t use the entire amount on the gift card, they will be charged for the amount they use, leaving a balance on the gift card for future purchases. Under no circumstance do we give them money. Sometimes, we have a situation where it is questionable on whether or not to help a resident, my response is to help that resident because I would rather help that person and let the burden of proof be on their shoulders than ours because we are not here to judge people, we are here to help them. The Pelham Good Neighbor Fund committee is made up of sixteen people who are dedicated and committed to helping our less fortunate residents in Pelham and we have received over the years, your overwhelming support in the work that we do and we will continue our mission because it is important to us and the community.

Frank Sullivan
President

Pelham Good Neighbor Fund   •   Pelham, NH

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