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 2300 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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Past Years
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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 2017

Background:

  • Established in 1969

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

  • Fifteen active members

  • Approximately 2300 Pelham, New Hampshire residents have received financial assistance

  • Referral Committee handles all requests for financial assistance in confidence

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 2017:

  • 24th Annual Golf Tournament raised $15,428

  • 48th Annual Christmas Drive raised $12,775 which included $1000 food gift cards

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

Activities in 2017:

  • 18th. Annual Scholarship – awarded two $2500 scholarship and over the last 18 years a total of 25 scholarships have been awarded for a total of $62,500

  • Provided financial assistance to 26 families and individuals for household expenses, donated of $1000 to Bridges Women’s Shelter, $1000 to Southern New Hampshire Mission Men’s Shelter, $1000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for a total amount of $28,483.

  • 28th Annual Sponsor-A-Child program at Christmas – provided clothes, food, food gift cards and toys for 22 families which included 42 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.

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

  • Directors voted to invest $50,000 from their Money Market Account into a conservative investment that would yield a higher interest rate

Business Donations Awarded to PGNF:

  • Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union through their “We Share A thread Foundation” awarded the PGNF $1500 for supporting their mission and PGNF commitment to the community. We also got another $500 during our Christmas Drive.

  • Received approximately $4000 from the New Greeley Singers because they decided to disband.

Referral Committee:

  • Provided financial assistance to a woman whose husband had terminal colon cancer and had been sick for two years. She stayed home to take care of him. We helped with her propane gas so she could have heat and we negotiated with two credit card companies who lowered their outstanding balance. We paid the propane gas company $1235 and the two credit two credit card companies $1327. for a total amount of $2562. Her husband passed away a short later.

  • Provided financial assistance to a woman whose husband was unemployed and she couldn’t work due to a disability. They have six children ranging in age from 10 months to 10 years old. She needed a washer and dryer because the ones she had gotten flooded out in the cellar. We decided to purchase a large capacity washer and dryer at a cost of $1547. Since the woman was a veteran, we got in touch with the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and they donated $1200 to help her with the household expenses.

  • Provided financial assistance to a woman who needed her roof repaired. We contacted several roofing companies but only one responded. He informed us that the roof needed to be replaced because the wood was rotted. The cost was $4700 so we got in touch with the St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus who donated $500 because the woman’s husband who died several years ago was a knight and so ended up paying $4200.

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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