Here are some quick updates from FOM!
Mini-grant program: The time to apply for mini-grants is now! Mini-Grants are modest awards that help educators make a positive difference in the learning experience of their students. Mini-grants support, encourage, and facilitate great teaching ideas that would not be possible within the existing school budget. Since the program inception, Friends of Mascoma has awarded over $15,500 in mini-grants! We urge teachers and staff to visit this page to learn more and apply now: http://friendsofmascoma.org/mini-grants
Food Access: FOM operates to public pantries every week. One is Enfield on Tuesdays from 4pm-6pm at Huse Memorial Park. The second, on Wednesdays, at our Canaan location behind Canaan Hardware Store also from 4pm-6pm. If you or someone you know is in need, please visit our pantries. We offer a variety of pantry staples, dairy products, baked goods, protein options, and fresh local produce.
Mascoma Builds Community Resilience Project: As you may or may not know, the Friends of Mascoma Foundation has been working with the UNH Extension on a project called Mascoma Builds Community Resilience. UNH Extension received a grant to facilitate this project in three rural NH communities and Mascoma was selected as one of the three. This is different than the Enfield Master Planning process that a group is undertaking in Enfield, but we will be working collaboratively so that both groups can benefit from each other’s findings.
We are using ‘resilience’ as a broad term and realize it is a bit ambiguous. The context of the project is rural communities emerging from the COVID-19 Pandemic and working together within their community to gather information, make organizational connections, apply lessons learned and re-emerge as a stronger community. We have had three virtual meetings so far, but you can get involved at any time. Below is some more information and a few ways to get involved now!
We are trying to reestablish community post-COVID-19 and the voices of the Mascoma community together. Some of what we are working on: • Building a regional team of partners and community members interested in building resiliency in the Mascoma region • Coming together as a community to learn about each other, our assets, and where to go from here • Beginning to identify ways to build resiliency in community and how to take action as part of a regional team
Ways to get involved today—>
1. We are trying to get a better understanding of what ‘community’ means to folks generally and specifically what they like (or do not like) about the Mascoma Valley Region. If you have not done so already please answer the three questions on the form link here: https://forms.office.com/r/2dqgiLvEhA OR with this QR Code
2. Join us for our August meeting on Thursday the 26th at 3pm. Here is the zoom link: https://unh.zoom.us/j/97510061098
3. Help us spread the word! Share information about this project with your friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc… The more folks that know about this project and participate the better the results will be!
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Eula at firstname.lastname@example.org.