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Impact Monadnock Merges with Monadnock United Way

Merger will support growth of the region’s Early Childhood initiatives 

Keene, NH – Impact Monadnock, an early childhood development initiative in the Monadnock Region, merged with Monadnock United Way (MUW) on July 18, 2017. Founded three years ago, Impact Monadnock (IM) was created in response to research indicating that increasing support for early childhood development can have a powerful impact on the region’s long-term success in areas as broad as child well-being and the ability to graduate and earn a living in this region.

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Monadnock United Way 2016-2021 Strategic Plan:
Harnessing the Power of Community To Change Lives
In 2012, the Monadnock United Way (MUW) and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation partnered with the NH Center for Public Policy Studies to conduct extensive research with a goal of uncovering gaps in the well-being of people living in the Monadnock Region. The goals of that study were to:
  • Identify major trends and community needs in our region
  • Identify evidence-based solutions to address those needs
  • Explore a systems approach to address the needs at the root cause
Of the many factors that influence a community’s well-being, three foundational areas were identified as high priority for our community to address. In these three areas, our region fell significantly behind other areas of our state. Those include:
  • Children—The rates of teenage pregnancy, and child abuse and neglect are higher in this region than all but three counties in the state.
  • Education—High school students in this region generally scored lower than the top 25% in the rest of the state.
  • Financial Stability—The region is losing high-paying jobs and our wages are the second lowest in the state.
These three factors tend to cycle together. On a positive note, when children, education, and financial stability needs are addressed as a whole, they positively affect other areas including substance abuse, hunger and homelessness.
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Monadnock United Way Welcomes Kate Cote

Kate Cote has joined Monadnock United Way (MUW) as administrative assistant. She has lived and worked in the Monadnock Region since 2005. Since graduating from Keene State College in 2007, Kate has held positions in customer service at People’s United Bank and NBT Bank, and most recently as a customer care account specialist at United Natural Foods.
Kate has a long history of volunteer involvement with MUW campaigns. She began as a Loaned Employee in 2009, served as a Team Captain from 2010-2015, and most recently as a Division Chair. Kate is excited about joining MUW, and commented, “I am very pleased to be able to take more direct action in the support of our community. I have loved volunteering for the MUW for years and I am thrilled to be part of the staff.”
“Kate is a highly motivated individual who brings a wealth of customer and community-based experience to this position,” said Liz LaRose, president, Monadnock United Way. “Having been a campaign volunteer for the past eight years, Kate also possesses a deep understanding of our organization and a sincere passion for our mission. We are very happy to welcome Kate to the Monadnock United Way family.”
Originally from Nashua, Kate holds a BFA from Keene State College and an Associate of Graphic Arts degree from the former White Pines College in Chester, New Hampshire. Kate resides in Keene, New Hampshire with her cat, Potsie, loves to hike, and recently began roller derby training.


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