Q. Why Did BCNH Change Its Name?
A.Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire became Building Community in New Hampshire (BCNH) on June 10, 2017. Our new name reflects our mission to serve all the new communities of New Hampshire. It is the beginning of a new era for us!
Changing our name was very important for us because Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire sounds like an organization exclusively for Bhutanese when we are already serving diverse populations from diverse nationalities and cultures. We often were informed by our stakeholders, partners and the consumers that ourname, the people we served and the services we offered were contradictory. Building Community in New Hampshire (BCNH) perfectly fits with our mission to be a multi-ethnic Mutual Assistance Association that provides an array of services required by diverse refugee and immigrant communities that help newcomers to understand and navigate the systems that are part of everyday life.
Changing our name is also a call to recognize the work we do with people from all around the world who come to America and need assistance. This new name will help us open avenues for new partnerships and expand our funding opportunities with foundations, corporate sponsors and donors while keeping our heritage unchanged. People know us by the name-BCNH. Hence, even with the new name, the acronym-BCNH remains the same.
Q. What is the mission of Building Community in New Hampshire (BCNH)?
A.The mission of Building Community in New Hampshire is to be a multi-ethnic Mutual Assistance Association that provides an array of services required by diverse refugee and immigrant communities that help newcomers to understand and navigate the systems that are part of everyday life.
Q. What services does BCNH offer?
A.Older Refugee Service, Social Service & Case Management, Employment Service, English as a Second Language (ESL) & Citizenship Preparation, Nutrition Education Program, Health Insurance Program, Mental Health Service, Youth Engagement Project, UniteLanguages Interpreting and Translation Services and Senior Women Case Management Project are the current services of BCNH. For further details, please visit Our Services page.
Q. What is UniteLanguages?
A.UniteLanguages is our National interpreting and translating service. In-person interpretation, over-the-phone interpretation, audio/video interpretation and on-demand interpretation are the major components of UniteLanguages. This service is available currently in an efficient, affordable, and competitive nonprofit based model 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. For further details, please visit the UniteLanguages page.
Q. Who are refugees and how are they different from economic migrants?
A.According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), a refugee is a person who, “owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of their nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such a fear, is unwilling to, avail themselves of the protection of that country…” (The 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees).
Refugees leave their country because of the threat of persecution and cannot return safely to their homes in the prevailing circumstances. On the other hand, an economic migrant normally leaves a country voluntarily to seek a better life.
Q. How do refugees arrive in the USA?
A. Refugees come to the USA through its federal refugee resettlement program. They are thoroughly screened and processed before they come to America under the sponsorship of the US State Department.
Q. How can I volunteer in BCNH?
A. You can contact our office to learn about available volunteer opportunities. One of our staff will assist you in the application process and will schedule an appointment for an interview. After the interview, we will work with you to match your interests and the needs in the organization, to offer you volunteer job responsibilities.
Q. Do I have to go through a criminal background check if I am interested in volunteering with BCNH?
A. BCNH is a, nonprofit community-based organization registered in the state of New Hampshire and it abides by state and federal laws. Therefore, it is mandatory for every volunteer to go through a criminal background check if s/he is interested in volunteering with BCNH.
Q. What types of volunteer opportunities are available at BCNH?
A. There are different ways you can volunteer with BCNH. They include English language mentoring for those who have limited English skills and, providing rides to those who do not have means of transportation to their work place, grocery shopping, religious places, etc. You can also mentor children on how to excel in their studies in their schools and colleges. You can also help BCNH by donating goods and services or organize fund raising events to carry out various projects in the community.
Q. Do I have to have a valid driver’s license to be a volunteer at BCNH?
A. If your volunteer assignment involves driving then you are required to have a valid driver’s license with proof of auto insurance. Additionally, you are also required to consent to a motor vehicle driving record check.
Q. How can I make a monetary donation to BCNH?
A. Our online donation button on the home page is safe and secure. You can also make your checks or money orders payable to Building Community in New Hampshire (BCNH) and mail them to:
Building Community in New Hampshire (BCNH)
510 Chestnut Street
Manchester NH 03101
If you would like to make your donation through credit card payment via phone, please call us at (603)935-9620. We will ask for your name, address, credit card number, expiration date, name as it appears on the card and the donation amount.
Q. Will I receive a receipt for the gift I am donating and is my gift tax-deductible?
A. Yes, we will mail you your receipt to the mailing address provided as soon as we process your gift. All your gifts are tax-deductible as permitted by laws of the land.