Cornerstone VNA Offers Virtual Hospice Volunteer Training

Cornerstone VNA Offers Virtual Hospice Volunteer Training

Rochester, NH:  Cornerstone VNA, a nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, is offering a free virtual training beginning in June for individuals interested in becoming a Hospice volunteer.  Due to COVID-19 protocol, this virtual training will take the place of the standard in-person training. This comprehensive 8-week virtual Hospice volunteer training program will focus on: the history of Cornerstone VNA, Hospice history and philosophy, the volunteer job description, the Hospice team, medical and psychosocial aspects, family involvement, and spiritual care.

 

Once trained, volunteers can offer companionship, respite care and their own unique skills to patients and family members in their community for a little as 2-4 hours per week. No medical or volunteer experience is necessary to make a positive difference and provide comfort, support and a reassuring presence to Hospice patients and their families.

 

According to current Cornerstone VNA Hospice Volunteers, “Hospice volunteering has been the most rewarding and humbling experience of my life” and “Hospice visiting has shown me how to be present.” Cornerstone VNA invites individuals to be a part of this enriching and meaningful volunteer experience. To register for this training or for more information about the Hospice Volunteer Program, please contact Nancy Nicolazzo, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator at 603-994-7041 or NNicolazzo@cornerstonevna.org.

 

Cornerstone VNA is an independent nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Lights of Love Torch is Passed to Cornerstone VNA

Lights of Love Torch is Passed to Cornerstone VNA

 

Rochester, NH:  The Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board is pleased to announce that it has passed the torch of their annual Lights of Love event to Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care organization. Lights of Love, an annual event founded in 1986 by Jane Cooper Fall, welcomes community members to pay tribute to the people who have had a special impact on their lives. Lights of Love has continued to be an important community event due to the work of Jane and The Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board.  Although Jane passed away in October 2018, her legacy will be continued with pride and honor by the Cornerstone VNA team.

 

Due to the recent acquisition of Frisbie Memorial Hospital by HCA Healthcare, The Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board enthusiastically agreed to transition the Lights of Love Celebration to Cornerstone VNA. Pam Verbicky, Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board President notes, “For over 30 years, Jane Cooper Fall was the driving force behind Lights of Love.  Jane always said that Lights of Love was not a fundraiser but rather a way for community members to pay tribute to those who had touched their lives.  Because community was so important to Jane and the role Cornerstone VNA has in the community, it is was an easy decision for the Auxiliary Board to transition Lights of Love to the VNA.  We are confident they will run the program in accordance with Jane’s wishes for many years to come, thus providing a lasting legacy to Jane’s benevolence.”

 

For nearly 50 years, Cornerstone VNA has been very proud to have known Jane and celebrate her many accomplishments. In 1970, Jane became president of the Farmington VNA, which is now known as Cornerstone VNA. Over the years, Jane remained very involved with the VNA and even served on the Board of Directors until 1997. During Cornerstone VNA’s 100th year, Jane was presented with the 2013 Cornerstone Award for her dedication and years of service to the VNA. She also served for more than 50 years on the FMH Auxiliary, and received numerous awards for her volunteerism and outstanding service to health care in the community.

 

According to Dr. Bob Rubino, who has been involved with the event since its inception, “It was a great joy to me to learn that our Lights of Love Christmas program will continue because of Cornerstone VNA.  In speaking to a few men in the chorus, they were delighted to hear that we will be continuing to ‘make music’ at the Christmas season, thank goodness!”

 

The 34th Annual Lights of Love Celebration will take place on December 2nd at the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center in Rochester, NH. According to Cornerstone VNA President/CEO, Julie Reynolds, RN, MS, “Due to Cornerstone VNA’s close relationship with Jane and The Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board, it is the perfect way to continue this annual tradition of celebrating and remembering the special people in our lives. We are grateful for this opportunity and to many of the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board Members who will continue volunteering to support Lights of Love alongside our team.” Please visit cornerstonevna.org/lightsoflove for more information and to sign up to receive special event notifications.

 

Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 107 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit www.cornerstonevna.org or call 800-691-1133.

Dover Bingo games

Play Dover Bingo! Games run through May 29th. The City of Dover and the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce will partner to bring you DOVER Bingo! Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, prizes are gift cards to local businesses that have been impacted. For complete rules and how to play go to www.dovernh.org.

New Hampshire Federal Credit union offer Free financial class webinars

 

Here’s  a list and details all of our upcoming webinars that we have going on through the end of May. 

5/14 330-500pm  Get it Together – Organize Your Records So Your Family Wont Have To

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1888711793797539087

 

5/19 11am -12pm    Shake it Off and Live Debt Free

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2406718109921939983

 

5/19 3pm -5pm     Investing Basics

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1068677330104700687

 

5/21 10am -11am    Homebuying 101

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7526110219545710861

 

5/21 330pm -430pm

Retirement in 8 Easy Steps

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6550117728033158927

 

5/26 330pm -5pm Avoiding Fraud

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5099307737136246543

 

5/28 3pm -5pm    What’s Happening in the Market

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8294618269825407759

 

The complete calendar of our classes can be found on our website so   https://nhfcu.org/interior.php/pid/13/calendar/1 ​. Check back often to see all that we have added.

To sign up  for any webinar, click on the link and register. For any in ZOOM format, you will then receive a second email after you register containing log in details.   

Want to attend a webinar but the time wont work for you? No problem! Register and then use the link you are sent to watch the webinar anytime after the fact.

Any questions, please let me know.  And please share! The more the merrier! 

 

Thanks,

Meghan Noone

Senior Financial Wellness Coach

603-224-7731 x314

Meghan.noone@centerfe.org

We exist to make a positive difference in the lives of those we serve through financial education and services.

MOMS ON THE RUN VIRTUAL 5K

MOMS ON THE RUN VIRTUAL 5K

Due to current social distancing guidelines in place, the 14th Annual Moms On The Run 5K has transitioned to a virtual event.

We still aim to still celebrate this Mother’s Day and we encourage you to engage with us in honor of someone special or for mothers everywhere! Continue your family tradition and seek the silver lining during challenging times! We know we all need a healthy outlet, a boost of energy and to feel engaged during this time.

Register Now Online:

  • $15 for participants ages 13+
    • First 300 registrations will receive a Moms On The Run neck tube (no sizing required)
  • $10 for participants who do not wish a neck tube or missed the boat …
  • $10 for youth ages 5-12 (all youth will receive a medal)
    • Note: if you already registered online, we will send you an email detailing your options.
    • We will honor Dover Race Series season pass holders who have maintained their 2020 registration. We send you an email regarding your desire to participate.

About The Virtual Race

Join Zebra Crossings for the 14th Annual Moms On The Run 5K this Mother’s Day weekend.

Please participate responsibly by maintaining social distancing guidelines. Find your preferred location that gives you space and map your own 5K route. You can be in the woods, in the park, in your neighborhood or on your treadmill. Please walk/run with your household herd only. This year, you can even bring your dog.

Timing Yourself:

After you finish your 5K, you can upload your time to a designated source (TBA via email). We will raffle off 6 gift cards donated by Runner’s Alley among all entries. If you never won a 5K, you can be a winner this time!

Start & End Time:

The time frame for this virtual race starts Saturday, May 9 at 7:00 am and end Sunday, May 10 at 7pm. Winners will be announced that night!

Support Zebra Crossings:

The proceeds of this event will benefit Zebra Crossings empowerment programs for youth and teens with chronic medical conditions. This year, we are ready to adapt our programs if needed. If we are unable to engage in person this summer, we are committed to providing fun and engaging virtual programs. Your continued support for our mission will enable us provide a support community for our youth and give parents respite time. 

Theme it! Dazzle Us! Share Your Pictures To Win

Did you know a group of zebras is called a “Dazzle”?  On your virtual 5K, dazzle yourself and those who are part of your herd (household only please).  Be as creative as you like- unite your “herd” with patterns, colors, or full costumes!

Post your pictures to the Moms On The Run Facebook page. Ten gift cards of $25 will be awarded for the most creative outfits or herds! Pictures need to include your bib to qualify for this contest. Winners will be announced on social media and be notified via email as well.

We Thank Our 2020 Sponsors:

We are very grateful for the support of our Virtual 5K Sponsors!

We thank Joyce Design Solutions for their pro bono graphic design support.

For inquiries, or ways to support the event, contact us at momsontherun@zebra-crossings.org or 603-312-2052 x1.

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Smiles on the Screen – Remote Programming for Adults with Disabilities

Smiles on the Screen – Remote Programming for Adults with Disabilities

 

DOVER — The halls are empty, but the building is far from quiet.  A piano player leads a chorus of singing voices coming through computer speakers.  In another room, a staff member runs a morning meeting, with laughing voices from a Zoom call.

This is what community participation at Great Bay Services looks like during the COVID-19 crisis.

Great Bay Services provides support to more than 150 adults with disabilities and their families in Seacoast New Hampshire and Southern Maine.  Programs include community participation services, job supports, independent living, and case management.

Community Participation Services (CPS) is typically based outside of the centers, with clients and staff making day trips to different locations, volunteer sites, and other activities.  It also includes educational opportunities, like music therapy, drama, and art classes.

With concerns for our participants, Great Bay acted quickly and moved their CPS program to remote learning, with staff conducting online classes, conference calls, and one-on-one calls so clients still receive daily services.  They also connect with their peers to combat anxiety, depression, and isolation in a very vulnerable population.

The change is coming under the leadership of Great Bay Services’ new Executive Director Pamela Layne, who joined the staff in the midst of the crisis.

“We are living in highly unusual circumstances, and we are once again finding ourselves in the midst of change – this time having to find new and creative ways of providing vital services to the individuals we support while protecting everyone’s health and safety,” said Layne. “Great Bay has survived for 66 years, and I continue to be impressed by how resilient we are as an organization.”

Layne has experience working for educational, non-profit organizations, and disability services in the United States and abroad, including the International OCD Foundation, the European League of Institutes of the Arts, and UNH’s Student Accessibility Services.

Her relationship with Great Bay Services began when her brother David joined the Great Bay bowling team in 1979. 

“It is with tremendous joy and pride that I join the remarkable team at Great Bay Services, an organization that has been an integral part of my own family’s support system,” said Layne.  “To be joining the staff here is deeply meaningful to me.”

Pam Layne will oversee Great Bay’s operations from their Dover, New Hampshire and Sanford, Maine locations.

“All of our programs are still in operation, though at a reduced level,” added Layne.  “People don’t always realize that individuals with disabilities make up part of the essential workforce.  They are still working, and our job coaches are right alongside them.”

Great Bay Services was founded in 1954 by a group of parents who refused to send their children with disabilities to the state institutions. The organization continued to be instrumental in the class-action lawsuit that shut down the institution system in New Hampshire. Today, GBS is still on the forefront of innovative and progressive care of adults with disabilities in New Hampshire and Maine.

Anyone looking to support Great Bay Services are invited to send their tax-deductible donations to Great Bay Service, 23 Cataract Ave, Suite 1, Dover, NH 03820.

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