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Open Door Community Kitchen

Open Door Community Kitchen operates at the United Church of Penacook and serves free hot and nutritious meals every Monday and Wednesday. Anyone who comes to the Kitchen is welcome – without question or qualification.

The Kitchen has depended on the time and effort of volunteers who share a concern and commitment to those in need in our community. This organization is always looking for volunteers willing to donate their time preparing food, serving meals to guests, and cleaning up afterwards. Visit Community Kitchen.

Friends of Forgotten Children

Located at 224 Bog Road, Friends of Forgotten Children assists families with getting the basic life needs of food, clothes, furniture, household goods and holiday gifts. The idea is that if the family is not using time and energy to locate these items, they are able to focus on the important issue, their family.

Visit fofc-nh.org for qualifications and application process to gain assistance. You can also learn more about volunteering, fundraising, monetary and material donations at this site.

Area Food Pantries

The following churches operate food pantries:

United Church of Penacook
Canal Street and Community Drive
Tuesday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30

West Congregational Church
499 North State Street
Thursdays (2nd and 4th), 5:00 - 7:00
Friday mornings, 11:00 - 1:00


Immaculate Conception

9 Bonney Street
Tuesday/Wednesday evenings, 6:00 - 7:00
Thursday/Saturday mornings, 9:00 - 10:00
Anytime by appointment

Friends Program

The Friends Program is a non-profit agency that recruits, trains and manages volunteers to meet community needs. The mission is to strengthen communities by building relationships that empower people, encourage community service and restore faith in the human spirit. They accomplish this by providing youth mentoring, emergency housing and fulfilling the need of seniors and retired people to actively contribute to the community.


202 North State Street,Concord, NH 03301
Telephone: 603-228-1193
All New Hampshire: 800-536-1193
Merrimack County Nursing Home

The Volunteer Department of the Merrimack County Nursing Home is always interested in talking to folks over the age of thirteen who might be interested in volunteering. Time spent can be a couple or many hours per week; day or evening. To discuss one or more of the following opportunities feel free to call the Volunteer Department at 796-2165 ext 242 to hear the whole story:

  • Transport Residents to various activities.
  • Visit with Residents on a one on one basis.
  • Deliver CD’s, DVD’s, Books & Greeting Cards to Residents.
  • Work in the Gift Shop.
  • Visit Residents with your “well behaved” dog.
Concord-Merrimack County SPCA

The Concord-Merrimack County SPCA is a special admission shelter that accepts all adoptable animals from Merrimack County. It is a nonprofit agency dependent on private donations.

Visit concordspca.org for information about volunteering, donations, and animal adoption.

Other Opportunities In the Area

Reach4Hope is a faith-based non-profit organization that reaches out to the homeless and needy in Concord, NH. The focus is on meeting the physical and spiritual needs of those on the street. The organization serves meals at the local soup kitchen and operate a weekly van full of supplies including toiletries, tents and sleeping bags.

Learn more about volunteering and donating monetary and material items at www.reach4hope.org/getinvolved.html

New Hampshire Audubon Would you like to count winter eagles, help children learn about banana slugs, work for sound legislative change, or assist with the annual Maple-Mania event? Volunteers are critical to the success of NH Audubon projects in the Granite State. Learn more at the Audubon website.
Volunteer NH! The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) helps people 55 and older find service opportunities in their communities. Call 603-224-3452.
To involve citizens in enhancing the quality of life, protecting the historic character, and fostering economic vitality in Penacook Village.
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