The Maxine Morse Fellowship
Intern at our Global Headquarters in New Hampshire and help inspire the next generation of Friends Forever International volunteers and participants.
The Maxine Morse Fellowship was created in 2019 in honor of philanthropist and community leader, Maxine Morse. Each year, Friends Forever International uses the Fellowship to recognize an alum who demonstrates a commitment to FFI’s mission and the drive to carry our vision forward.
While at the FFI Headquarters, fellows meet with many different community members. During that time and the months to follow, fellows are also tasked with developing and implementing a project designed to strengthen FFI’s programs while further engaging FFI alumni and community members in our mission.
Born and raised in Manchester, NH, Maxine Morse has been a force in the Granite State for more than 60 years and has dedicated her considerable energies to ensuring a higher quality of life for those less fortunate. A graduate of Cornell University, Maxine served as the Director of the Greater Manchester Child Care Center, New Hampshire’s first nonprofit child care center, from 1969-1974. Her work went on to include the Chairmanship of the 1975 Commission on Laws Affecting Mental Health. Funded in part by the New Hampshire Charitable Fund (currently known as the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation) the project identified and developed 22 proposals for legislative action updating NH’s mental health laws—15 of which were passed.
Maxine has served on numerous boards and has held leadership roles in many agencies including: Greater Manchester Mental Health Center, Odyssey House, New Horizons, the NH Social Welfare Council, the Lakes Region Mental Health Center, the Children’s Alliance of NH, the NH Music Festival, the Portsmouth Music Hall, and the Canterbury Shaker Village. Having worked with then-Senator Eileen Foley on some of the 1975 progressive mental health legislation, Maxine is honored to be recognized by FFI by receiving the award in Eileen’s name.