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2021 Year In Review

A Letter from the Board

2021 marked Oyster River Womenade’s 15th Anniversary of Neighbors Helping Neighbors. 

The second year of the pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to many of our neighbors trying to stay afloat through job loss, schools going to remote learning, losing loved ones to Covid, food insecurity, and more. From assisting a single mother with unexpected car repairs so she can transport her child to Boston for cancer treatment to helping a single father with after school care for his autistic child so he can remain employed, to providing an external catheter system for a bedridden woman, Oyster River Womenade is the last resort for our neighbors who find themselves in financial distress.  

With the generous support of local businesses, fundraising events, grants, and our growing family of individual donors, we were able to fund 68 requests totaling $31,000 as well as contribute $12,000 to local food pantries and schools during the holidays.  This giving represents a 169% increase in funding over 2020. This unprecedented ability to support our community would not have been possible without your support. 

Our biggest fundraiser is NH GIVES. This online campaign takes place annually in June. With the support of our matching sponsors and individual donors like YOU, we were able to raise over $17,000. 

We also welcomed three new board members, who generously give of their time and talents to support ORW’s mission. We now have a full house of nine dedicated individuals.  Each new member commits to three years of service which ensures the continuation of this important work. Two of our Board members will be completing their terms this year, so if you live within the towns of Durham, Newmarket, Lee, or Madbury and are interested in joining us please go to our website and apply. 

“The idea is simple; the impact is immeasurable”


The Oyster River Womenade Board:

Marie Bader, Scott Bugbee, Aubrey Bussey, Mary Beth Carstens, Jan Dean, Heidi Chase, Cheryl Hoffman, Lisa Keslar, Susan Swass

People with Masks




  • Supported 68 individual requests through validator requests.


  • The Fabulous Find awarded ORW 1/3 of their February Sales 


  • ORW funded summer camps for elementary students that otherwise would have been unable to attend. 


  • Raised over $17, 000 through NH GIVES


  • Thank you to Clark's American Bistro for supporting us through their “We Care Wednesday” program! We had a blast and so appreciate your financial support!


  • The Oyster River Womenade team sponsored the hydration station at the Trot through the Trees 5K today! 


  • ORW Supported 4 local food pantries with Holiday meals for those in need


  • ORW contributed to the local schools through their school nurses identifying children in need.  (picture)

  • UNH's Delta Xi Phi held a bake sale to support ORW 

  • Emery Farm’s “Forward Friday” donated 10% of the café sales to support ORW

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