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.
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 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.