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Volunteers interested in serving at a site that is not a Meelia Center Community Partner will be put in contact with the affiliates coordinators who manage placement and provide support. Students placed at affiliate sites are asked to keep us posted of any issues that arise, since there is no on-site coordinator to catch things early. The affiliates coordinators provide on-going support and are available to problem solve or plan programs as needed.

Managed Affiliate Agencies

Non-profit organization dedicated to improving the physical, emotional, and psychological development of challenged children and adults through horse riding therapies. Volunteers form relationships with clients through their role as side-walkers or front-walker. Assistance caring for the horses is also needed.

Provider of support to young parents with newborns through school age children. The group utilizes modeling, education, and support to assist parents. Volunteers are needed to work with the children while mothers receive support. Students serve as role models through active involvement with the children, including reading books and preparing healthy snacks.
Contact: Jess Serio:

  • New Hampshire Probation and Parole

Shadow a probation officer in the office and in the community. May involve going to court. Great site for criminal justice majors and those interested in human services.
Contact: Kennan MacArthur:

Group home for abused and neglected boys ages 8-14. On-site school and group residences provide a range of service opportunities. Day, evening, and weekend hours are available.
Contact: Jill Sands:

Volunteers and service-learners assist in busy emergency assistance department, and shadow caseworkers.

  • Manchester Mental Health

Volunteers and service-learners assist with activities at the group residences and provide one-on-one mentoring for children and adults coping with chronic mental illness.

Athletic programming for at-risk youth that includes boxing, self-defense, basketball, and floor hockey.
Contact: Kennan MacArthur:

Volunteers assist in resource room.
Contact: Chloe Kealey:

  • Town of Goffstown / City of Manchester

New service opportunities working with city and town administrators on special projects and administrative and research support work.

Volunteers may work with the Catholic Charities immigration and refugee services to assist new arrivals. Volunteers may also work with the Diocese's efforts to research, educate, and advocate for issues that concern the poor and vulnerable. The Diocesan office is in Manchester.

Other Affiliate Agencies

In addition to the managed Affiliate Agencies the Meelia Center also sends volunteers to a number of other local non-profit service agencies. While the Meelia Center may have an on going relationship with these additional affiliates, the number of volunteers each semester tends to be small, and therefore they are not as closely managed. If you choose one of these affiliates please keep in close contact with the Meelia Center to ensure your experience is a positive one.

The city youth service office is centralizing information of all youth services and youth leadership opportunities in the Greater Manchester area. This information will then be posted on a new easy access Web page. Volunteers are needed to meet with and interview various programs to capture their services for inclusion on the Web.

Coalition of New Hampshire college and university presidents to promote volunteer service, service-learning, and civic engagement. Volunteers needed for project to revise and enhance Web page to allow for student contact between campuses.

Busy student services offices need assistance adding content to their Web pages to expand resources available for students and student leaders. Also assist in developing more effective information and operating systems.

Work with K-12 students in various Manchester or Goffstown public schools. Volunteers may assist as tutor, a classroom aide, in English Language Learner (ELL) classrooms, and/or with special needs students.
Contact: Chloe Kealey

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