PlusTime volunteers find work with FIT

Twenty-one volunteers whose full-time service was interrupted with the closing of the Concord nonprofit organization PlusTime NH are back at work, according to their new administrating program.

The volunteers with the AmeriCorps VISTA program were put on administrative hold Dec. 30 and began working again Jan. 11 under the guidance of Manchester-based Families in Transition – New Horizons, said Michele Talwani, director of economic development and marketing with Families in Transition – New Horizons.

PlusTime NH closed in December after its chairman said the board had been unable to find a sustainable funding model. For two decades, PlusTime NH had provided money and advice to start after-school programs in New Hampshire.

The 21 volunteers had worked under the supervision of PlusTime until the organization closed, Talwani said. They join 16 volunteers already supervised by Families in Transition – New Horizons, an organization that provides housing and social services to people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The state office of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which runs AmeriCorps VISTA, approached Families in Transition – New Horizons to ask them to administer the former PlusTime NH volunteers, Talwani said.

The expansion will give a statewide presence to Families in Transition – New Horizons, she said. PlusTime NH had volunteers working at Early Learning NH and the Boys & Girls Club in Concord, at the Danbury Community Center, and at other sites throughout the state, she said.

“We definitely want to continue the program in a really strong way because these VISTAs make a huge difference for these nonprofits and institutions,” Talwani said.

AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers commit to serve for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency.

(Karen Langley can be reached at 369-3316 or [email protected])

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