The Civic Action arm of the NHLA works to strengthen the foundations of civil society in New Hampshire by encouraging private charity and increasing citizen involvement in the community. Private solutions are more efficient, more effective and genuinely more caring than those provided by outside agencies.
New Englanders have always had the reputation of being independent, hardy and resourceful. Settlers in our harsh beginnings not only relied on their personal fortitude, but also believed strongly in the concept of neighbor helping neighbor to build the foundation of their community.
We've proven time and time again how private charity and local contributions have helped families in need. Natural disasters, household fires, and local children struck by a catastrophic illness or left parentless pull communities together. Individuals rally together to have a fundraiser, make and take meals, or make donations in collection boxes with the face of a smiling child gazing back. These are all examples of times when people lend a helping hand to a friend, neighbor, or even to someone they may have never met.
The old adage that charity begins at home has been a building block of what New England represents. Expanding private charity and focusing resources within the community builds stronger ties between families, which in turn builds community to community ties creating a more civil and less competitive society. According to a Forbes article, "almost 82% of New England households participate in charitable giving" compared to just 65% in the South and Gulf area; with New England being ranked high for secular giving.
We have a proud heritage of self-reliance and strong communities. NHLA works to foster these values through efforts focused on keeping our elected officials accountable and promoting legislation that creates small, local governments.
In addition, the Civic Action branch of NHLA works towards its goal in several specific ways:
There are many ways you can help preserve and protect our New Hampshire ideals. We welcome your donations, look forward to working side by side with you on volunteer efforts, and are excited to hear your ideas. For more information about how you can get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Civic Action fund provides charitable assistance to New Hampshire residents in need. To make a donation to this fund via PayPal, please use the form below: