6 New Hampshire nonprofits selected as finalists for possible makeover



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CONCORD, New Hampshire — A volunteer organization that helps New Hampshire nonprofit organizations improve their facilities is looking for its next makeover project.

Every two years, Building On Hope works with builders, architects and designers to renovate facilities associated with non-profit service groups. Last year, nearly 200 volunteers and dozens of companies completed a $300,000 transformation at Opportunity Networks in Amherst, an organization that serves adults with acquired and developmental disabilities.

Officials have narrowed the field for the 2016 project to six organizations and will pick a winner in April. In the running are Child and Family Services of Concord, the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, the Manchester Police Athletic League, Merrimack Valley Day Care, the Greater Nashua Mental Health Center and Family Promise of Greater Nashua.

"The structures and facilities of service groups are more than just buildings. They are like homes where lives are changed and hearts are mended or strengthened," said Building On Hope co-chair Karen Van Der Beken. "By enhancing those locations we help these vital organizations in their work and bring renewed hope to their efforts. The benefits are far-ranging, helping not only the people being served by the non-profit, but also empowering and inspiring workers, volunteers of the groups and the communities around them."

Bill Rider, president and CEO of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, said being selected would breathe new life into his organization, inspire workers and empower the immediate neighborhood.

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