CONCORD, NH — On March 13, 2024, the New Hampshire Executive Council approved $1.032 million dollars in funding from the Governor’s Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) for Volunteer NH, New Hampshire’s State Service Commission, for March 2024-December 2026.  

The funds will provide a crucial 1-to-1 match for Volunteer NH’s grants from AmeriCorps and the American Rescue Plan (ARP). This matching support ensures the organization can operate all its programs at full capacity. In addition, a key use of the GOFERR funding will be to revitalize Volunteer NH’s Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) program, which had to be paused in 2023 due to lack of resources. The VGF has been extremely impactful, providing training, grants, and capacity-building assistance to help nonprofits across the state strengthen their volunteer programs.  

“This funding provides a launchpad for our nonprofit partners and their volunteers to scale new heights,” said Gretchen Stallings, Executive Director of Volunteer NH. “When our giving citizens unite with empowered organizations, we can address tough community issues together”  

The funding arrives at a critical time, as Volunteer NH’s initiatives have made a marked positive impact but often lacked the resources to meet all the needs. Without this influx of funds, Volunteer NH had been operating under constraints that limited its full potential to carry out its core mission activities: Supporting AmeriCorps programs, promoting volunteerism, and building capacity for volunteer organizations across the state. 

The GOFERR grant will come into effect in March 2024. To learn more about Volunteer NH and the Volunteer Generation Fund, please visit https://volunteernh.org/ 

 

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