The Children's Fund aims to build fitness, self-esteem and teamwork for under-privileged children in the Upper Valley.Through profits from our three route 120 hotels (the Courtyard by Marriott Hanover/Lebanon, The Residence Inn Hanover/Lebanon and the Element Hanover/Lebanon), we have made grants to support the following community projects:
A School-Based Running Initiative
Created and Funded by the Children’s Fund of the Upper Valley
What is Finding Our Stride?
Finding Our Stride creates, funds and helps implement school-based running programs in middle and elementary schools in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of VT and NH. Our mission is to build fitness, self-esteem and teamwork through... Read more
In 2004, the American Heart Association (AHA) faced a challenge. Cardiovascular disease claimed the lives of nearly 500,000 American women each year, yet women were not paying attention. In fact, many even dismissed it as an older man’s disease. To dispel the myths and raise awareness of heart disease & stroke as the number one killer of women, the American Heart Association created Go Red... Read more
Ledyard Charter School provides an educational setting where students are a part of their learning and growing. Faculty will assist the students in setting goals and mapping a course to achieve those goals. At the end of a student’s LCS experience, students will have the tools necessary for personal success. An LCS education helps the students work toward what we call the Vision of a Graduate... Read more
Lightning Soccer Club is a premier youth soccer club which offers soccer players ages 6-19 a chance to learn, train, and develop under the guidance of qualified coaches. LSC is a non-profit organization that has been in operation as a soccer club for over 30 years. Over that time, LSC has grown from a small Hanover-based club with a couple of teams, to a 30-team regional club with players... Read more
Team AMP (Athletes Multisport Partnership) is an adventure organization that specializes in providing unique multisport events for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and abilities focused on developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Our mission is to create a partnership uniting community members, businesses, organizations, and dedicated athletes with a common goal of establishing a... Read more
Despite the bucolic beauty of the Upper Valley, child obesity, low self-esteem and risky after-school behavior are challenges for many young people in Vermont and New Hampshire. To help address these issues, the Children’s Fund established Finding Our Stride, a school-based running program for elementary and middle school students at schools where at least 30% of the kids receive free or... Read more
The Upper Valley Aquatic Center is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization with a mission to deliver a diverse range of high quality fitness and aquatic programs accessible to all members of the Upper Valley community. This 37,500 square foot facility houses an 11 lane, 25 meter x 25 yard competition pool, a separate warm-water instructional pool, indoor Splash Park with lazy river, water features... Read more
The Upper Valley Trails Alliance advocates for the use, maintenance and development of trails in the region. Through education, outreach & stewardship we:
- promote active lifestyles through trail use in all seasons
- connect people and places through a regional trail network
- lead a coalition of local trail groups and advocates
WISE leads the Upper Valley to end gender-based violence through survivor-centered advocacy, prevention, education and mobilization for social change.