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Peterborough Welfare Office

Town Seal BWThose who are struggling to meet their basic needs can apply for financial assistance through the Town welfare office. The process is confidential. The first step is to complete an application (see below) and then submit for it review via mail (Town of Peterborough, 1 Grove Street, Attn: Human Services, Peterborough, NH 03458) or drop it off in person at the Administration Office of the Town House anytime during regular business hours (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday-Thursday). You may also put the application in a sealed envelope marked 'Attn: Human Services' and insert in the secure Town House mail slot (on the doors to the left of the main doors). Once the completed application has been received, you will be contacted by Human Services to set up an appointment to review your case. If you are not contacted by the Human Services Department within 2 business days of submitting your application, please call  Ali at 603-924-8000, ext 112. 


The welfare office also administers the seasonal Keep Peterborough Warm (KPW) program, which is funded entirely by donations. Established in 2015, KPW is intended to benefit Peterborough homeowners in the "new middle" who pay their own heating bills (whether they heat with oil, propane, or electricity) but don’t qualify for the State Fuel Assistance Program. If you are concerned about your ability to pay for heating fuel this winter and do not meet the financial requirements for the State Fuel Assistance Program, reach out to Ali Kreutz at or (603) 924-8000 ext 112 for more information. Applications are accepted October 1st - March 31st.  

2023-2024 Keep Peterborough Warm Application

Peterborough Human Services Fund (A 501(c)(3) Organization)
Food_Pantry_logo-revised(1)_Web“People helping people since 1996”

(603) 924-3008

Our Mission:
We are an all-volunteer organization that provides emergency support for those who find themselves in times of special need and crisis.  We do this by raising and administering funds that support our three key areas of service:  The Peterborough Resident Emergency Aid Program, The Peterborough Food Pantry, and the Hungry Student Program serving the region.  As a community-based organization, we respect the privacy and dignity of each person we serve.

The Peterborough Food Pantry is located at the Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm Street, Peterborough.  Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to - 12:00 PM.   We are a NH Food Bank approved agency.  We provide food for more than 300 families per month from 13 local area towns.

The Emergency Aid Program is managed by the Board of Directors, and has a distinguished history of working with discretion and privacy on behalf of Peterborough residents who apply for emergency financial assistance.  Our Board Coordinator works closely with the Town Welfare Officer, school social workers, and other Peterborough agencies to qualify and determine the best way to help the applicant.  Some examples include help with utility bills, medical bills, dental emergencies, car repairs, and rent.

The Hungry Student Program. We deliver healthy snacks to schools in the ConVal region on a regular basis, so that nurses and social workers can offer extra food to students who come to school hungry.

How You Can Help
We welcome your donation of money and/or food throughout the year.  Checks can be made out and mailed to:
Peterborough Human Services Fund
One Grove Street
Peterborough, NH  03458

Donations of food can be dropped off at the Food Pantry during operating hours.  We gratefully accept canned and packaged foods that have not exceeded the expiration date. Soups, cereal, rice, pasta, canned tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, baked beans, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, jelly, mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard will help to fill our shelves.

Other ideas: Organize a “food drive” at your place of business.  Forgo that office party or holiday gift exchange and make a donation to us.  Save your pocket change and toss it into the James Lenane Wishing Well located at the front of the Peterborough Town House.  Donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.

The River Center -- A Community Resource Center

river_center_WebThe River Center
A Community Resource Center
9 Vose Farm Rd
PeterboroughNew Hampshire

Programs offered by the The River Center include: Information and Referral services and DHHS assistance applications; parenting classes and educational focus groups; home visits and support for young, pregnant and parenting women; employment resources such as resume writing, computer skill building and interviewing skills; Vocational Rehabilitation referral services; money management workshops and individual coaching; free tax preparation; free clothing at our Community Closet; support groups for those seeking employment, single parents, step families, parents of young children on the autism spectrum, and young adults ages 16-30 who experience a developmental disability. Visit our website to view our FACT book: Your one-stop guide to local resources.

Call 924-6800 for more information.

The River Center's FACT Book Online is a local community resource guide for those living in the towns of Antrim, Bennington, Dublin, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Jaffrey, Mason, New Ipswich, Peterborough, Rindge, Sharon and Temple, NH.

Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC)


For the last decade, Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC) has coordinated transportation for riders in the Monadnock Region to get a ride to essential destinations such as doctor’s, social services, pharmacy, and grocery shopping. Riders no longer need to hesitate to make appointments to improve their health for lack of a ride. There is no fee and our vetted volunteer drivers can be reimbursed for mileage, choosing online which trips work best with their schedules. CVTC’s drivers and staff are courteous and trustworthy, and contribute to the health of the entire Monadnock Region, one person at a time.

In addition to transporting riders within the Monadnock Region, CVTC drivers also take riders to essential medical appointments beyond this region, including Lebanon, Concord, Nashua, and Manchester, NH; Brattleboro, VT; and Boston, Springfield, and Worcester, MA. CVTC also subcontracts wheelchair-van trips for those whose mobility requires this type of transportation.

More volunteers are always welcome. You can choose trips that fit your schedule, receive mileage reimbursement, and make someone’s day. To get a ride or give a ride, please call 1-877-428-2882 x5 or email More information may be seen at or on Facebook at Community Volunteer Transportation Company (CVTC) has offices at 375 Jaffrey Road, Suite 3, Peterborough, NH 03458.

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center

rsvp_WebWho Are We and What Do We Do?

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center mobilizes the skills and talents of people of all ages to deliver creative solutions to community needs through volunteerism.

There are two parts of our organization: RSVP, a national, federally funded program by the Corporation for National and Community Service that specializes in working with volunteers age 55 and over, and the Volunteer Center for younger individuals and groups.  Our service area covers Cheshire and Western Hillsborough Counties.

RSVP offers a full range of volunteer opportunities with local and national organizations in areas of healthy futures, education, economic opportunity, veterans and military family members, environmental stewardship, disaster services and other community priorities. Our signature programs include a national literacy program, America Reads, and the independent living program, Neighbors-In-Deed.  We also offer episodic, long-term and team opportunities which may be part of National Days of Service, United Way Days of Caring or related to immediate public health needs and disasters. 

With RSVP, you choose how and where you want to serve. You choose the amount of time you want to give. And you choose whether you want to draw on your skills or develop new ones. You will also receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where you serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty.

 Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center is sponsored by Monadnock Family Services, a Monadnock United Way Agency. 

64 Main Street, Suite 212                                           9 Vose Farm Road, Suite 120
Keene, NH 03431                                                            Peterborough, NH 03458
(603)357-6893                                                                           (603)924-7350


CASA of NH works year round to provide quality services to the children victims of abuse and / or neglect.  CASA recruits, screens, trains, then supports and supervises citizen volunteer advocates.  Volunteers are trained as Guardian ad Litem, get to know the child and then present and represent their best interest in the court system.   The agency saves the state millions of dollars each year since this service is at no cost to the courts.
Visit their homepage for more information.

Civic Organizations

Peterborough Lion's Club Peterborough Womens' Club


Peterborough Rotary Club
PO Box 354
Peterborough, NH 03458

Monadnock Rotary Club 
PO Box 476
Peterborough, NH 03458
Monadnock Milers  (running club)
PO Box 63
Peterborough, NH  03458
Peterborough Kiwanis Club 
PO Box 622
Peterborough, NH 03458

The Masons
PO Box 138
W. Peterborough, NH 03468
Contact Al Cummings, Master of the Lodge


100+ Women Who Care- Monadnock

PO Box 3033
Peterborough, NH 03458

Veterans' Organizations

logoLegionEmblem_WebCheney-Armstrong Post #5 - American Legion
PO Box 172
Peterborough NH 03458-0172
Contact: Wayne E. Thomas Commander

Meets first Sunday of every month at 2:00 pm at the Peterborough Community Center.  For more information, email:

American Legion Auxilary
Meets Tuesday after the first Sunday of each month following Post #5's meeting at 11:00 am in Peterborough Community Center.

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