NHRD strives to give back to the community. That should come as no surprise — we’re a passionate group of women who believe we have the power to make an impact. Our league and our individual skaters support a variety of charities. Here are some we’ve worked with in the past.
- American Red Cross
Our athletes give blood on ANDoff the track. NHRD organized an annual event in 2009 at the Manchester Red Cross to donate blood and to create awareness within the community for the need for blood donations. The league sponsors 3-4 blood drives in Manchester each year.
- St. Baldrick’s Foundation & Locks of Love
In August of 2013 NHRD hosted an event culminating months of fundraising for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which benefits childhood cancer research. Six of our skaters and several additional fans had their heads shaved in solidarity with children undergoing cancer treatment.
In a double-dose of giving, many skaters opted to have their hair braided and cut before being shaved so that it could be donated to the Locks of Love organization. Locks of love provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long term medical hair loss, including cancer patients.
- Wounded Warrior Project
Each year, NHRD teams up with Nault’s Powersports in Manchester to support the Wounded Warrior Project whose missions is to honor and empower wounded servicemen and women.
- Dravet Syndrome Foundation
Retired NHRD skater PutUNya Grave’s adopted son Isaiah was recently diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome – a rare and catastrophic form of epilepsy. The Dravet Syndrome Foundation supports research efforts to develop a cure for this debilitating disease. NHRD helped to raise funds to support this organization in honor of PutUNya.
- Girls, Inc
Their mission says they’re dedicated to inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold. Sounds a lot like derby. We like that. In 2009 the Nashua center was vandalized. We don’t like that at all. Derby girls donated art and craft supplies to replace some of the damaged items. In 2011, we donated 40 tickets so girls from the Manchester program could enjoy a fun-filled night of derby.
- Alyssa Alves Fund
30 year old waitress Alisa Alves suffered a major brain aneurysm and did not have insurance. The Alisa Alves Fund was established to offset medical expenses and get her the physical therapy she needs to get well. NHRD donated a portion of 2011 season opener ticket sales to the fund.
- NH Foster and Adoptive Parent Association (NHFAPA)
NHRD Raised money to donate more than 60 tickets so that NHFAPA member families could enjoy a night of derby action on the house! The mission of NH Foster and Adoptive Parent Association is to support foster and adoptive parents and remain a consistent, strong voice on behalf of all children. The purpose of the Association has consistently been to enhance the lives of our youth in care and the families who serve our children. NH FAPA supports local support groups across the state. These local groups, with the support of NH FAPA, provide direct support, networking, and fun activities for our foster, adoptive, and relative caregiving families across the state. NH FAPA partners with NH DCYF, local child placing agencies, community organizations and local businesses to provide opportunities so our families can thrive. NH FAPA recognizes the unique challenges and rewards that are presented to foster and adoptive parents, and we are here to help foster and adoptive families have the strength, the supports and the resources needed to nurture our youth in care.
- Alzheimer’s Association