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Lantern Festival


On September 28, 2024, we will host our signature fundraiser, the Lantern Festival.  The theme is "illuminating community kindness."


This year, we will raise money to help reduce homelessness through our partnership with Womenaid of Greater Portsmouth.  Womenaid receives many requests from people facing housing insecurity who are one unanticipated bill or debt away from the brink of homelessness.  These requests include direct housing-related expenses such as back rent, outstanding utilities, and housing repairs. 

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Housing Instability

“Those who lack stable housing are more likely to experience homelessness, unemployment, substance use, food insecurity, and violence.”

Source:  The Network for Public Health Law, April 2021

Our goal is to raise $25,000 through the generosity of corporate sponsors, local businesses, and community members. Together we can help families stay in their homes.  By assisting people experiencing housing insecurity, we can help prevent homelessness.  Imagine the impact your donation can make.

  • Date:  Saturday, September 28th with a rain date of Sunday, September 29th.

  • Time:  Festival begins at 5:00 PM; a short ceremony starts at 6:30 PM followed by the launch of lanterns- our volunteers will float the lanterns on the pond.

  • Location: South Mill Pond, Corner of Parrott Ave & Rogers St, Portsmouth, NH

  • Music: Celebrate community kindness with music by DJ Skooch

  • Ceremony: Prior to the launch of lanterns, there will be a brief ceremony that includes Deaglan McEachern, Mayor of Portsmouth

  • Float Lanterns- Volunteers will light and float the lanterns on the South Mill Pond.  Afterwards, volunteers will retrieve the lanterns to keep our waterways clean.

We will share additional information in the upcoming months.  

Check out this 30-second video from the 2023 Lantern Festival.  It provides a sneak peek of what to expect.

“Beautiful night at the lantern festival! Thank you Alliance for Greater Good and all the volunteers that made this night of kindness such a success!” - - Deaglan McEachern, Mayor of Portsmouth


Help us by serving as a Lantern Festival volunteer.


Help us raise money to help prevent homelessness.


Help us by sponsoring the Lantern Festival.

Volunteer:  We will need 80+ volunteers on the day of the Lantern Festival.  Volunteers' sign-up starts in August.

Donate:  We welcome donations of any amount.  All proceeds will assist people experiencing housing insecurity and help prevent homelessness.

Sponsor:  All proceeds will go to neighbors needing financial assistance to stay in their homes.

Thanks to last year's Sponsors

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