Community Resources

There are a number of local resources available to help people out in time of need, including places to go for food, support, and information. These resources are also there for people who wish to help out their local community in various ways. Below are some of the places you can gather information, learn how to volunteer, seek assistance and learn what is available:

"Where all paths converge... Where all journeys connect... Where all ways meet."

United Campus Ministry, also known as the Waysmeet Center, is an open and inclusive campus ministry that is in service to the University of New Hampshire community and the world. We are a community which celebrates people of all races, belief systems, cultures, sexual orientations, ages, abilities and gender identities.

Our mission is to support and empower the individual and community by creating spaces for communion, service, and social justice. We do this by alleviating the impacts of material, emotional, and spiritual poverty through direct service, education, community building, fostering dialogue and by providing witness, sanctuary, and support. Our vision is to create engaged citizen leaders who will honor the complexities of the human spirit and work to create just and sustainable communities.

The Waysmeet Center, located at 15 Mill Rd. in Durham, New Hampshire, is the physical center of our ministry. The Center houses the Cornucopia Food Pantry, an intentional living community, and serves as a gathering place for students, faculty, staff and seacoast community members seeking to connect to themselves, to one another, and to our beautiful world.

photo of Waysmeet Center volunteers packing food

The Thompson School of Applied Science Community Leadership Program is designed for students who wish to transform a passion for community activism into a rewarding career. This program is one of only a handful nationwide to combine hands-on community outreach with an academic study of communities, leadership, citizen influence, and non-profit organization management. The courses help students gain skills such as supervising volunteers, facilitating meetings, public speaking, organizing events, and writing clearly. Under faculty guidance, our students work in schools, crisis shelters, environmental organizations, animal care facilities, nursing homes, advocacy programs, town offices, citizen groups, and other community-related organizations. A combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience prepares them to work collaboratively or in a leadership role to find positive solutions to shared problems, and to effect social change at local, regional, and national levels.

The CoLead Program office is located inside the Thompson School located at 291 Mast Road in Durham; visit the "Contact Us" page for more information on how to connect with CoLead, or check out the CoLead Blog for the latest news!

The Office of Community Service and Learning promotes lifelong civic responsibility and community involvement through engaging students, faculty, and staff in opportunities to develop partnerships, promote service-learning, facilitate collaboration, and support meaningful service activities that are mutually beneficial to the campus and community.

The Office of Community Service and Learning is located at 5 Hitchcock Hall in the "Upper Quad" of the UNH campus in Durham. Please visit our "Contact Us" page for more information on how to get in touch with Office of Community Service and Learning staff.

UNH Cooperative Extension provides New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy.

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at the University of New Hampshire participates in the creation of a culturally-diverse learning environment by coordinating programs that encourage interaction between the international, campus, and local communities, thereby fostering awareness, appreciation, and understanding of other cultures. The office promotes international education at UNH by facilitating the enrollment and employment of foreign nationals and by providing them with essential support services.

The University of New Hampshire has always recognized higher education’s unique role in promoting sustainability: as large educational and research communities, universities exert significant ecological, economic, and cultural force in their immediate region and extended surroundings, both in the present and continuing into future generations. UNH will continue to build on its past decade-long collaborative work in order to transform the unprecedented challenges we face today into opportunities for tomorrow, a mission that is perpetuated through the UNH Organic Gardening Club (OGC).

The OGC is a student-run organization established in 2003 to cultivate a campus-community organic farm focused on promoting social, economic, and environmental sustainability. The club owns a roughly 2-acre plot of land that grows certified organic veggies and fruits. The land also includes 2 high tunnels, a barn with a solar tower, and a water tower. The farm is located at 10 Spinney Lane in Durham, NH, and is open to UNH students/faculty/staff, local community members, and the general public.

photo of Waysmeet Center volunteers packing food

State and National Resources:

2-1-1 NH is an initiative led by United Ways of New Hampshire (UWNH), an organization that represents the 10 United Ways across the state, in partnership with the State of New Hampshire, Citizens Bank Foundation, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Exeter Hospital, and Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH). This easy-to-remember, free telephone service connects callers to information about critical health and human services available in their community. Residents in New Hampshire can contact 2-1-1 NH toll-free by dialing 2-1-1 in state or 1-866-444-4211 from out of state.

A program of New Hampshire Catholic Charities, the New Hampshire Food Bank serves as state's sole food bank. Their current approach to ending hunger includes developing programs to help educate registered agencies, rolling out a Mobile Food Pantry, expanding their Operation Frontline program, and developing a "Recipe for Success" program. Every year, the Food Bank distributes over 5 million pounds of donated, surplus food to over 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers, and senior citizen homes across New Hampshire. These registered agencies in turn provide the food to the over 127,200 different men, women and children every year.

It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. United Way of the Greater Seacoast (UWGS) brings together people from all across the region – local government, businesses, faith groups, nonprofits,and concerned citizens – to tackle community issues, because everyone wins when a child succeeds in school, a family becomes financially stable, and people have good health. UWGS is one of over 1,300 independent, self-governing United Way organizations throughout the United States.

Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.

The main office of the New Hampshire chapter of the American Red Cross is located in Concord, and the chapter also operates several satellite offices conveniently located in Keene, Manchester, Nashua, and Portsmouth.

Volunteer NH is a nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the tradition of service in New Hampshire. Building on a strong volunteer spirit, they support and sponsor national service initiatives and provide training, recognition, and a central site for volunteers and volunteer programs to help strengthen their communities.