Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10:17AM
U.S. Senate Candidate Spotlights Volunteerism in Manchester
MANCHESTER – Scott Brown today visited New Horizons for New Hampshire to volunteer in the food pantry and learn more about their dynamic programs that help those in need, including their homeless shelters and soup kitchen. Brown spent time passing out food to New Horizon clients, which provides food to over 900 households each month, as part of an ongoing service tour, “Serving New Hampshire Together,” to spotlight the incredible work done by charitable organizations across the state.
“New Horizons continues to make a profound impact on our communities by offering food and shelter to those in need, and I’m grateful to lend a hand to support their efforts,” said Brown. “This organization is making a difference to help people get back on their feet, ranging from children to veterans, and I applaud the tireless work of the staff and volunteers who make this all possible.”
New Horizons also offers health services through a program called Health Care for the Homeless, a mobile primary care clinic, and this year has started programs to assist homeless veterans by providing employment and support services. In 2013, an average of 70 people stayed in New Horizons shelters each night, and over 12,000 bags of food were distributed to underprivileged individuals and families.
"We are honored to host Senator Brown to offer him the opportunity to see the great work that is being performed at New Horizons by our staff and many volunteers", said New Horizons for New Hampshire Executive Director Charlie Sherman. "Over the years, many elected officials and candidates have visited and volunteered in our soup kitchen and food pantry and find the experience to be extremely worthwhile in understanding the struggles that so many are facing in our community.”
Over the weekend, Brown ran in the “Color Me Rad” 5k in Manchester, portions of the proceeds from the road race were donated to New Horizons. Brown also visited the New Hampshire Food Bank last week, the only food bank in the state, to learn more about their support programs and daily operations that distribute and supply nearly 40 percent of hunger relief agencies.