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Who We Are

Oyster River Womenade (ORW) was founded in 2006 and has over 18 years dedicated to supporting community members facing hardship by offering financial assistance to individuals living in Durham, Lee, Madbury, Newmarket, and surrounding communities.  

With a commitment to keeping overhead costs low, ORW ensures that the majority of funds raised directly benefit those in need. We strive to promote financial self-sufficiency and foster a strong sense of community among residents.

To request assistance, individuals are identified through a trusted Community Validator, such as a school nurse, guidance counselor, pastor, social worker, or healthcare professional. These validators verify the individual or family's circumstances and submit a request form to ORW online. It's important to note that these forms are to be completed by Community Validators only, not potential recipients.

Through this collaborative approach, ORW aims to address a variety of needs, including childcare, medical expenses, housing, transportation, and utilities, effectively providing support where it's needed most.

Our Team.

At Oyster River Womenade (ORW), our dedicated board members volunteer their time, expertise, and voices to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our community members. Through their commitment and passion, they work tirelessly to ensure that ORW fulfills its mission of providing assistance to those facing hardship. With diverse backgrounds and skills, our board members bring invaluable perspectives to the table, driving positive change and empowerment within our community. Their unwavering dedication is at the heart of ORW's impact and success, embodying the spirit of service and compassion that defines our organization.

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