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The Proven Value Of Workers Over 50

“People are always asking me, ‘Why do you hire people over 60 to be on your team?’” says Angela Bovill, CEO of Ascentria Care Alliance, a New England-based organization that provides wraparound services for vulnerable children and families. She has a ready answer. Read more

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Jake Medina - Volunteer, Donor, Advocate, and Student!

Volunteer Stories - November 13, 2015

Jake Medina began volunteering as a tutor with Ascentria’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minors Program (URM) when he was a freshman at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Jake is now a senior and, when looking back over the past four years, he tells us that his life has been changed through volunteering.  

Jake explains, “When I first started volunteering, I thought that I was leaving campus to help other people but before long, I realized that I was getting so much more than I was giving. Getting to know the students in the URM program, hearing their stories and witnessing their resilience and determination to move ahead in their lives has changed me. I no longer have pre-conceived notions of others and I have grown to be more empathetic and sensitive.” Read more

Education Empowers Achievement

Volunteer Stories - August 20, 2015

Education empowers achievement and Ascentria empowers people. Staff, volunteers, clients, and donors all play a key role in this effort. 

Thanks to the generosity of 52 Lutheran churches that participated in Ascentria’s backpack drive at the 2015 ELCA New England Synod Assembly, and Lifesong Church in Sutton Massachusetts (MA), 298 youth being served at Ascentria will be starting the 2015 school year with a new backpack filled with school supplies. These backpacks will give children the tools and the confidence they need to be successful in school.   Read more

Good News Garage staff extend a huge thank you to their volunteers!

Volunteer Stories - May 8, 2015

The Good News Garage VT office celebrated National Volunteer Week by acknowledging the hard work and commitment that their volunteers bring to Good News Garage. They are proud to introduce a few members of their volunteer team.  Read more

Nursing Student Volunteers Making a Difference

Volunteer Stories - April 17, 2015

Many of you have probably heard of Doctors Without Borders, the humanitarian organization that treats people around the world threatened by violence, neglect and catastrophe.  But have you ever heard of Nursing Students Without Borders (NSWB)? You may not have, but remember the name. Read more

“You have two hands, one to help yourself and one to help others”

Volunteer Stories - April 13, 2015

“You have two hands, one to help yourself and one to help others,” is a favorite quote of Ashley Nichols, an intern with Ascentria’s Therapeutic Family Connections (TFC) in New Hampshire. A graduate of Smith College, Ashley is working on a master’s degree in social work and a law degree, and spends two days a week volunteering with Ascentria’s TFC program.   Read more

Answering the Call to Volunteer

Volunteer Stories - October 9, 2014

Diane Baker is a long time Nashua resident and a retired developmental disabilities social worker who answered the Call to Volunteer in more ways than one. “When I got a call to mentor a young man from Sudan I thought, I don’t have a car, I have some trouble walking, but I’ll go for it, he only lives a few blocks away. He’s my neighbor so of course I should help him.”  Read more

Volunteer Spotlight - Herlis Montalvan

Volunteer Stories - April 4, 2014

With a smile on his face and a self-assured presence, LSS (now Ascentria Care Alliance) volunteer tutor Herlis Montalvan commented, “Volunteering helps me and it helps the students. We’re both learning at the same time and volunteering has helped me to mature and heal”.  Read more

Volunteer Spotlight - Rachel Sanborn

Volunteer Stories - September 27, 2013

Rachel Sanborn, currently majoring in sociology at St. Michael’s College, came to us this summer to explore the area of refugee resettlement. Prior to this, she was involved in Extended Service trips around the United States, such as volunteering at “Best Friends Animal Sanctuary” in Utah. Further, she is a mentor for two middle school girls at risk for not graduating high school. “I just want to make a positive impact,” Rachel said with a smile. And that is what she has accomplished this summer. Read more

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