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January 9, 2014

HEALTH BRIEFS

Sonshine, school awarded mini-grants

MANCHESTER — Two Derry organizations were awarded grants from the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program, totaling $1,000.

Sonshine Soup Kitchen will use funds to support its food pantry and South Range Elementary School will use funds to support its Project Read program. Two Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employees, Jim Kirby and Cheryl Nicum, nominated the organizations for the awards.

In 2012, more than 80 percent of Harvard Pilgrim employees directed a mini-grant to an organization they care about.

“We are so fortunate to have generous and dedicated employees who enrich our company and the communities in which we all live and work,” said Karen Voci, executive director of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. “The mini-grant program is a wonderful way to support our employees as philanthropists and to help them make an impact in their own cities and towns.”

To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year.

Since the program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed contributions to hundreds of organizations throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, with grants totaling $3,025,650.

Hospice training starts this month

LONDONDERRY — Do you feel drawn to help people? Join a team of compassionate individuals who believe in helping people with a terminal diagnosis find quality, dignity and comfort in their remaining days.

Training will take place on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., and ending on March 4.

Amedisys Hospice of Londonderry is conducting the training at their office in Londonderry. The care center covers a large geographical area from Nashua/Salem, up to Manchester. Volunteer assignments are usually made close to the area in which people live.

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