Each year, some of our powerful radio stations, WOKQ, WPKQ, WHOM and WSHK/WSAK (The Shark,)  partner with several non-profits to receive an extensive advertising campaign on the air and on our digital products.  The "Year of Service" has been running on these stations for decades and the organizations are chosen by applications that we receive from non-profits from all over our listening areas.

Before we get to this year’s winners, I would like to say a heart-felt thank you to all those who applied through our station websites. The members of our Year of Service committee have said that this was a difficult task since there were so many worthy, deserving non-profits. To all of you, please know that if your organization isn’t named here, we value community support above all. Never hesitate to reach out if there is something that we can help you with.

To those who are going to receive the Year of Service partnership with us, CONGRATULATIONS! You will be receiving an advertising schedule that will absolutely make an impact for the good of your organization and in turn, help your cause. I am very excited for you.

And now….. Chio & Kira from WOKQ and 103-7, The Peak, Jadd from WHOM Morning Show, Aaron from the Shark Morning Show and I are proud to announce the winners of this year’s recipients of the Year of Service 2021.

How exciting!

Here is a further explanation of our winners, in no particular order:

Trans NH Bike Ride for Muscular Dystrophy of New Hampshire!   From their website:

The Trans-NH bike ride has a rich history that began in 1988.  Each year our ride is dedicated to an individual — sometimes a child, sometimes an adult — struggling with muscular dystrophy or related muscle disease. By dedicating the ride, we put a more personal face on the disease(s) that we’re working to eradicate.

 

Monarch School of New England, from their website:

The Monarch School of New England brings individuals with intellectual, physical, medical and behavioral disabilities into the mainstream of everyday life.  The Monarch School of New England supports individuals with special needs so they can realize their greatest potential.

In this nurturing environment, a comprehensively trained staff works one-on-one with each individual, uniquely integrating both education and therapy, to ensure successful transitions to school and to the community.

 

Lakes Region Community Services, from their website:

Since 1975, Lakes Region Community Services has been an essential community partner supporting individuals and families living with developmental disabilities or acquired brain disorders and providing community-wide family supports to enhance quality of life from birth through the lifespan. Each year, LRCS serves 1,200 individuals who experience a disability and their families.

 

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, from their website:

We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success.   Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness of New Hampshire (NAMI-NH), from their website:

NAMI New Hampshire is a grassroots organization working to improve the quality of life for all by providing support, education and advocacy for people affected by mental illness and suicide.  Comprised of a network of affiliate chapters and support groups, staff and volunteers, NAMI NH provides information, education and support to all families and communities affected by mental illness and suicide.

NAMI-NH is an organization that is personally near and dear to my heart.  They have helped me and my family in so many ways.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDyKLo06dXE

Working Dog Foundation, from their website

We are dedicated to realizing the vision of safer communities and more effective law enforcement through consistently high-quality training for K-9 dogs and their handlers.  We support the placement, training, and care of police dogs through community awareness, education, and fundraising programs

Catie's Closet, from their website:

We can’t change students’ homes, take away their past traumas, diminish their fears or replant their family trees, but we can do what we’ve done for the past 10 years and meet their most basic and immediate physical needs to help them feel good about themselves and re-engage in learning and growing.   Armed with the love and support of trusted relationships along with consistent access to clothing and toiletries, Catie’s Closet lays the foundation for students’ to realize their big dreams.

 

NHSPCA, this is from their website:

The New Hampshire SPCA serves people and pets from across the state of New Hampshire through its programs, which include pet adoption, pet behavior training, humane education, animal cruelty intervention, low cost spay/neuter clinics and much more.

Here's a little bit of what they do at the NHSPCA, from WMUR:

CONGRATULATIONS to all of our YEAR OF SERVICE winners.  We are looking forward to an amazing partnership!!

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