Lifewise Community Projects, Inc.
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Issues: Children & Youth, Environment, Philanthropy, Economic Development
Location: PO Box 2120 Hampton NH 03843 USA
Advocates of Citizen Involvement in Civic Affairs, Community Service and Public Safety.
Programs: GROUNDWATER EDUCATION - "Future Water Guardians of NH" (FWGNH) was developed by LifeWise in 1999. This environmental education program continues to be funded annually by NH Dept. Environmental Services & U.S.EPA. The program is delivered to elementary & middle school students throughout NH. Trained volunteers explain the Water Cycle, Watershed, Point Source & Nonpoint Source Pollution and demonstrate the cause and effect of contamination in groundwater. Professional Groundwater Models and Nonpoint Source (watershed) Models are used in the classrooms, engaging individual student participation. FWGNH has become a Public Safety Initiative.DROPOUT PREVENTION - "Wildcat Youth Mentors"LifeWise provides (2003-present) seven host schools with 50 to 55 young adult role models (collegians at the University of New Hampshire). Key to this success is intensive recruiting and training.WAR ON AGEISM - OngoingCITIZEN TO CITIZEN - LifeWise in partnership with the NH Division of Adult & Elderly Services established a Volunteer center for Strafford County. This one year pilot program became very productive and successful in meeting the assistance and socialization needs of elders and people with disabilities in this thirteen-town region. An incentive of service credits (NH Time Dollars) was applied to each volunteer in exchange for their hours of volunteerism each month. A service credit is equivalent to a single volunteer hour performed. The value of a service credit is the right to receive an hour of volunteer service as a payback. While all of our volunteers earned many service credits, most gave theirs away (gift certificate vouchers) or held them for a "rainy day". Citizen to Citizen administered NH Time Dollars and was able to deliver earned volunteer hours through the cooperation of several service clubs. LifeWise believes that the incentive of the NH Time Dollar program has great merit. We expect to implement NHTD in future programs.UNIVERSAL ACCESS PROJECT - A partnership with Division of Parks and Recreation, NH Dept. of Resources and Economic Development to construct a "Shore Patio" and ramp facility giving access to the shoreline for people in wheelchairs and with other mobility problems. A $250,000 value completed at Hampton Beach, 1997.
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