Hockey Vs. Homelessness


There is a fairly large group of people in the Upper Valley who love to play pick-up hockey as a way to stay in shape and socialize in the winter. When local hockey enthusiast, Jamie Whyte, won ice time at a fundraising event and was looking for meaningful way to use it, he contacted Haven Board member, Tim van Leer. They decided to organize a group of players to combat homelessness. On April 10 a group of 22 players paid the suggested donation amount of $10-$20 per person to play pick-up hockey at Campion Arena; and a few more who couldn’t play sent in donations anyway. This coed group varied in ages from 14 to 70, and raised more than $700 for the Haven!

“I think the most powerful thing we learned from the experience is that no matter what type of social events or exercise you prefer, you can easily add more meaning to a gathering by benefiting a local community service organization. Folks who meet weekly for book club, or a round of poker, can easily turn one of their meetings into a fundraiser.” – Tim van Leer

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