1. 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 were already serving diverse populations from diverse nationalities and cultures. We were often informed by our stakeholders, partners, service recipients that our name no longer reflected the reality. 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 was 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 helps us open avenues for new partnerships and expand our funding opportunities with foundations, corporate sponsors and donors. People know us by the name BCNH. Hence, even with the new name, the acronym, BCNH, remains the same.
2. 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.
3. What services does BCNH offer?
A. We provide culturally and linguistically appropriate social services to older refugees, citizenship classes for those preparing to apply for citizenship, nutrition education, and youth engagement.
4. 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.” 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.
5. 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.
6. How can I make a monetary donation to BCNH?
A.Our website’s online donation button on the home page is safe and secure and allows you to donate by PayPal or by credit card. You can also make a check payable to Building Community in New Hampshire (BCNH) and mail it to:
Building Community in New Hampshire (BCNH)
510 Chestnut Street
Manchester NH 03101
7. Will I receive a receipt for the gift I am donating and is my gift tax-deductible?
A.Yes, we will mail a receipt to the name and mailing address you provide as soon as we process your gift. BCNH is a tax-exempt non-profit organization and your gift to BCNH is tax-deductible.