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.

Contact volunteer coordinator Valerie Arnista at 421-0414 or for more information or to sign up. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer but are unavailable for this training session, call to arrange another date.

Adult yoga begins Feb. 3

DERRY — Derry Parks and Recreation begins winter sessions of adult yoga. Classes are offered Mondays and Thursdays. Monday sessions run through Feb. 3 and again March 3 through March 31. Thursday classes run Jan. 9 through Feb. 6 and again March 6 through April 3.

The program includes five classes, 75 minutes each, held at Alexander-Carr Park lodge off Pierce Avenue. Participants will be introduced to breathing techniques, yoga postures, flow sequences and relaxation.

Call Parks and Recreation at 432-6136 for information.

Zengevity classes offered in Derry

DERRY — The town offers zengevity classes for seniors. Zengevity is an innovative, whole body movement program designed to help with both physical and emotional good health.

The program is a blend of holistic health, movement and life coaching in one supportive, fun package. Instructor Debbie Roy leads classes that begin Jan. 27 at Veterans Hall gym, 31 West Broadway. Call 432-6136 for information.

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