On Wednesday, December 7th, 2022, Matt Sanborn,
Exalted Ruler and Norm Gervais, Lodge Secretary / Lodge Elks National
Foundation Chair from the Rochester, NH Elks Lodge #1393, presented the
Rochester Share Fund with a check for $4000. This donation was made possible by
a Beacon Grant obtained from the Elks National Foundation. Accepting the
donation were Share Fund Representatives Skip Smith, Executive Director and
Jerry Rainville, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
The SHARE Fund reaches out to neighbors in our community
who are in need of help during difficult times, provides innovative program
services to guide families on a path to self-sufficiency, and refers them to
other agencies and resources when eligible, thus maximizing aid. One of the
programs administered by the SHARE Fund is Gerry’s Emergency Food Pantry. Last
year the pantry saw a 93% increase in households served by the pantry.
The SHARE Fund began nearly 30 years ago as an
outreach ministry of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church in Rochester and has
been an emergency as well as essential service provider for low-income
residents struggling to meet their basic needs.
In 2008, the SHARE Fund became an independent
501(c)3 public charity/non-profit, managed by its Executive Director and Board
In 2020, the Somersworth Share Fund became part of
our organization. Today we serve neighbors from Wakefield to Farmington,
Rochester to Somersworth, all with care and support to be a hand up not just a
hand out in times of need. SHARE Fund provides assistance with clothing,
diapers, and food for our neighbors in need. Our coaching and guidance allows
families to become financially self-sufficient, lessening the burden on other
local and regional support services. The SHARE Fund addresses pressing financial
crises by offering assistance with basic needs of food, affordable housing,
utilities, clothing, and medical needs. These are the fundamental needs that
every person deserves, regardless of race, ethnicity, religious beliefs,
disability, age, gender, or sexual orientation. SHARE Fund does all of this
through its dedicated team of three part-time employees, over 30 volunteers,
and with the financial support of local government, civic organizations,
businesses, and individuals.
Picture Caption l to r, Matthew Sanborn, Exalted
Ruler; Skip Smith, Executive Director of the Share Fund; Jerry Rainville,
Chairman of the Board, Share Fund and Norman Gervais, Past Exalted Ruler, Lodge
Secretary and Lodge ENF Chair.