Lisa Punderson, Volunteer Coordinator
The Volunteer Program at the New Hampshire Veterans Home (NHVH) offers many opportunities to work in diverse areas such as: Librarian/Multimedia aide, Activities Assistant, Storekeeper, Friendly Visitor, Pet Therapy, Feeding Assistant (8-hour class training is provided by NHVH), Veterans' History Project, Office Aide (Shredding), and Activities Outing Assistant (trips on the NHVH bus).
A volunteer can work one day a week or several, as long as we can create a consistent schedule. When we can match a volunteer's interests with our residents' needs we can usually make everyone happy. NHVH volunteers go through orientation and each volunteer is supervised by a staff person. We also have an animal-assisted therapy program through our Volunteer Services Department and residents may receive regular visits from approved pets and their handlers through that program.
Odds and Ends:
Veterans' Service and Civic Organizations like the American Legion, AMVETS, the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Elks, the New Hampshire Veterans' Association, the Air Force Sergeants Association, 40/8 (an extension of the American Legion), the Emblem Club, MOAA (Military Officers Association), the Masons, the Knights of Columbus, and many others contribute enormously to the Quality of Life of the New Hampshire Veterans Home residents. These organizations sponsor bingo games, host NHVH residents for lunches or dinners at their local post, donate funds for Christmas presents, and spend countless hours visiting the residents. Their commitment to residents is truly admirable and greatly appreciated. If you belong to an organization that would like to help our veterans, please contact the Tarr Therapeutic Recreation Department at (603) 527-4815 or the LEDU Therapeutic Recreation Department at (603) 527-4889.
The Sunshine Cart
The Sunshine Cart provides a wide selection of personal care items to our residents. The Sunshine Cart is particularly important to those residents who are not able to participate in shopping trips by allowing them to make their own selections free of charge.
Sunshine cart items are not resold to the residents. We accept monetary donations as well as donations of standard size products as listed below. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please reference "Sunshine Cart" in your correspondence. Unfortunately, we do not stock travel size items on the Sunshine Cart. Residents prefer standard size products that can be used for an extended period.
Sunshine Cart items include: Denture cleaning tablets (Efferdent or Polident); toothpaste; toothbrushes; deodorant; hair combs and brushes; emery boards; body wash; pre-shave; after shave (Old spice, Aqua Velva, Mennen); mouthwash; lip balm; tissues; body lotion or baby body lotion; individually packaged eyeglass cleaner wipes; hair cream (V05 or Brylcreem); denture adhesive (Fixodent or Poligrip); shampoo (2 in 1 Shampoo, Baby Shampoo, Dandruff Shampoo); 6X9 inch lined writing tablets; #10 envelopes; and large print crossword puzzle books or large print word-find books only.
If you require additional information about the New Hampshire Veterans Home Sunshine Cart, please contact the Volunteer Program at (603) 527-4449.
The NHVH Store is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. On Tuesdays the store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The store is open on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The store is located on NHVH's "Main Street" and carries a variety of merchandise including NHVH logo sweat shirts, polo shirts, T-shirts and ball caps. We also carry T-shirts & ball caps with service branch logos (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines). We sell candy (including sugar-free), chips, and ice cream, and on Thursdays we have donuts from "Brothers Donuts", a local bakery. Miscellaneous items include hat tack pins, flashlights, disposable cameras, clip-on sunglasses, cough drops, cigarettes (can only be purchased by residents), and personal care products such as deodorant, toothpaste, Fixodent, and facial tissue. We also have started a new part of the store where we sell products that the residents have made. We have postage stamps available, along with post cards including ones of NHVH, and a variety of greeting cards.
The prices are very reasonable and money raised in the store goes back into the Resident Benefit Fund.
For Additional Volunteer Opportunities in New Hampshire:
New Hampshire Veterans Home
139 Winter Street | Tilton, NH 03276-5415 |
(p) 603-527-4400 | (f) 603-527-4402