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GAW receives thoughtful grant for $1,850 from Boston Bruins Foundation

Girls at Work, Inc. were very thankful to be chosen by the Boston Bruins Foundation to receive a grant of $1,850 to help with their mission. By placing real tools in the hands of young girls, our builders become unstoppable and recognize how forceful they are in all they pursue.

The Boston Bruins Foundation is committed to supporting organizations that have a positive impact on the New England community, and are particularly pleased to invest in Girls at Work because their work is so closely aligned with the Foundation’s priorities.

“It is wonderful that an organization like the Boston Bruins Foundation is so connected and committed to the surrounding communities and the work we are all doing to make a stronger tomorrow.” said Elaine Hamel, founder and program director of Girls at Work.

About Girls at Work

Girls at Work, Inc, is a non-profit that teaches at risk, low-income, New Hampshire girls inner strength through woodworking skills utilizing power tools. Many of our girls struggle with feelings of powerlessness. The experience of building for the first time enables girls to overcome fear associated with power tools, leaving them feeling powerful, strong and capable.

Our vision is a world where every girl feels confident and capable.

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Media Contact

Heidi Page, Marketing & Administrative Manager

[email protected] or 603-345-0392

The Boston Bruins Foundation is a non-profit that collaborates with charitable organizations that demonstrate a commitment to health and wellness, education and athletics. The Foundation strongly believes that advocating for children and families across these areas will create a strong support system that will ultimately lead to the betterment of our community.

Media Contact

Zack Fitzgerald, Boston Bruins Foundation Manager

[email protected]

Summer Build-Me-Up Campers from Girls at Work in partnership with 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and Girls’ Leadership Camp at Kimball Union Academy donate picnic tables to First Responders

1stResponders-Holding Boards-RGB-SMAs a thank you to our local First Responders for all they do to help our community, Girls at Work summer campers, along with our Girls’ Leadership Camp at Kimball Union Academy, have decided to donate the picnic tables that the girls have made this season.

Girls at Work is an organization that works with many families that are struggling. We understand many of the heart wrenching issues that our community deals with daily. “Sometimes you feel overwhelmed by the need. We want to take a moment and thank those who dedicate their time so passionately to our community,” explains Elaine Hamel the founder and Program Director for Girls at Work. Thursday afternoon Mayor Joyce Craig will be at Girls at Work headquarters as the Manchester Police Department, the Manchester Fire Department, American Medical Response, CarePlus Ambulance service, Catholic Medical Center, and Elliot Hospital will be coming to our camp for the girls to load up their trucks with picnic tables, shake their hands directly, and say, “Thank you for all you do.”

Our Manchester community is taking on many of the stresses that our members are dealing with. We are stronger together, joining and supporting each other, to make Manchester a better city. Our local First Responders are making a difference in our neighborhoods, and Girls At Work wants to remind them that they are appreciated by encouraging them to take a break and sit together around a table handmade by our campers.

WMUR Video of days event


About 21st Century Learning Centers: The Manchester School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) afterschool program envisions a community where all students are inspired to reach their full potential academically, socially and personally through the support of the program, families, and the community.

About Girls’ Leadership Camp at Kimball Union Academy: Aligning with GLC’s motto, I am who I am, campers explore big topics that range from communication to collaboration, girl dynamics to middle school, gossip to cliques. Raney explains, “A lot of girls are battling supposed-to-syndrome; they are struggling because society wants them to be something other than who they are… we teach them, if you can look in the mirror at the end the day and say I am who I am with confidence and conviction, then you’re doing okay.”

About Girls at Work, Inc: Girls at Work, Inc, non-profit that teaches at risk, low-income, New Hampshire girls inner strength through woodworking skills utilizing power tools. Many of our girls struggle with feelings of powerlessness. The experience of building for the first time enables girls to overcome fear associated with power tools, leaving them feeling powerful, strong and capable.

For more information, visit or call 603-345-0392. We welcome you to contact us to set up a meeting to tour our facility and witness firsthand the confidence we are building through our program.


First in the Nation NH Female Delegation

first in nation NH female delegation eventOn November 19, 2012, Girls at Work was honored to be among the supporters of the First in the Nation Breakfast, which hosted and honored the five women who now hold all of New Hampshire’s major political offices: NH Governor-elect Maggie Hassan; U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte; U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen; U.S. Representative-elect Ann McLane Kuster; and U.S. Representative-elect Carol Shea-Porter.

The event was sponsored by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC) in partnership with the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative (NHWI) and the New Hampshire Institute of Politics (NHIOP). The Girls at Work executive director, board chair, and vice chair were honored to be among those attending this amazing event and to express our congratulations to this historic first-ever all-female delegation. We look forward to working with this team here in New Hampshire as well as in Washington.

Winter 2013 Programs

We are grateful to the Rolfe and Rumford Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation for their continued support of our after-school program. We will be expanding our reach this winter to the north country! Stay tuned for some great photos of empowered builders!

We are also grateful to the Sidore Foundation for their recent support to assist Girls at Work in upgrading to a much-needed larger truck!

On The Board

Girls at Work Inc. logoWe have assembled a wonderful group of professionals on our current board of directors, and would like to extend a warm thank you to Ellen Koenig for her time and dedication in assisting us in fine-tuning our strategic plan with this new board team:

  • Joan Izen, Board Chair
  • Sunny Mulligan, Vice Chair
  • Rob Grimmett, Secretary
  • Cynthia Gunn, Treasurer
  • Karen Prior, Board Member
  • Cameron For, Board Member
  • Mirjam Ijtsma, Board Member

We plan to add two more professionals to our board in the near future, and are looking for a child psychologist and a marketing professional. If you or someone you know is passionate about empowering girls at risk and qualifies for either of these positions, please contact us at [email protected].

GAW In The News

Bus 52 logoThis fall we got a call from Bus 52, a group of recent college graduates traveling to each state in the United States to collect and share inspiring stories. Imagine our thrill at learning that for their New Hampshire story, they chose Girls at Work! Bus 52 visited us at an after-school build at the Seacoast Charter School, where they filmed and interviewed the girls who were building, then pulled the segments together into a wonderful video that was featured on several websites, including The Huffington Post,,, and The Concord Monitor also did a follow-up story, and when the Bus 52 crew was interviewed on CBS This Morning, footage of our build was shown on national television!

To the incredible team known as Bus 52, we’d like to pass on the words of Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” We’re grateful to them not just for bringing our story to the world, but for sharing the stories of scores of other projects and people over the course of the year. We send a warm thank you to Bus 52 for their passion, positive efforts, and dedication to sharing the importance of making a difference with the world.

In other news, Girls at Work also had the chance to share our story on the radio during an interview with life coach and consultant Rustie MacDonald at!

The Rafters playing at MusicFest 2012

MusicFest 2012 Rocked!

The Rafters playing at MusicFest 2012Our third annual MusicFest fundraiser, held November 3 at the Manchester Millyard Museum, was a huge success. Local music sensations The Rafters and Chelsea Berry entertained a packed house of supporters and friends, who also enjoyed a delicious spread provided by the Common Man restaurant. We also shared the stories of some of the girls we build with, and talked about why this mission of empowering girls at risk is so very important. To raise the money that enables Girls at Work to empower young girls at risk through our programs, we held raffles and silent auctions that offered some amazing prizes. The most magical moment of the evening? Seeing 11-year-old Chloe Fitzgibbons win an iPad in the Heads-and-Tails raffle!

We are so grateful for the outpouring of support at this event and want to shout out heartfelt thanks to our board members, sponsors, donors, volunteers, and incredible supporters from all over New England who came out to support us! A special thank you goes to our MusicFest committee—Rob Grimmett, Laurie Johnson, Daria Harvey, Melody Evans, and Tina Gleisner—whose efforts made all the difference this year.

Be sure to save the date for next year’s 4th Annual MusicFest: Saturday, November 2, 2013! You won’t want to miss it!