New Hampshire Electric Coop Foundation Helps On Belay Expand to Plymouth, NH

On April 1st, The New Hampshire Electric Coop Foundation (NHECF) awarded $2,000 to On Belay to support a new program partnership with the adventure education department at Plymouth State.

“The NHEC Foundation is proud to help support a program which provides crucial and unique coping skills for youth dealing with cancer in their family member. The partnership between On Belay and PSU makes for a great fit within our community and we are proud to be a part of their future success,” said Audrey Simpson, Executive Director of the foundation.

This gift enables On Belay to add two additional program sessions in 2011 at a new location on the University campus in Plymouth, NH. Each program session provides up to twenty-five children access to adventure activities like rock climbing and high ropes course work. Facilitators use the activities to create a metaphor for participants, teaching them if they can figure a way through these challenges they can overcome anything. At each program participants connect with other children facing similar challenges, think creatively, challenge themselves, support others, ask for help and build physical and emotional confidence and a community to remind them, that they are not alone.

On Belay provides free adventure based support programs to children living with or who have lost a parent to cancer. The program serves children from throughout New Hampshire, Southern Maine, Northern Massachusetts and Vermont.

The next On Belay session is Saturday, June 6th at The Browne Center in Durham, NH. To register for the program offor more information about On Belay visit

www.on-belay.org or email questions to info@on-belay.org

The NHEC Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) funded by members of the New Hampshire Electric Co-op whose monthly electric bills are rounded up to the next dollar with the proceeds benefiting the Foundation. Founded in late 2005, the Foundation has donated more than $1 million to support charities, organizations and programs that improve the quality of life in New Hampshire. Learn more on the foundation website, www.nhec.coop.