Spirit of New Hampshire Awards honors volunteers around the state
By JEAN MACKIN
November 7, 2017
CONCORD, N.H. — The 15th annual spirit of New Hampshire awards were held Tuesday night, honoring people who give their time freely to improve lives in the Granite State. Over 100 awards were given at the Capitol Center for the Arts. The nonprofit group Volunteer NH, which organizes the annual event, promotes community service and recognizes role models across the state.
“So once a week, we go over to Families in Transition and sort through all the donations at their thrift store,” said Matthew Demencuk, a member of Trinity High School’s Youth Ambassadors.
“I like helping other and it feels great knowing I’m helping the community,” said Jazzmin Victorin, also a student at Trinity.
Employees with the PLUS Company were honored for their contributions. “The PLUS Company provides services to teens and adults with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders,” said Leni Hodgins.
“We’ve done sock drives and jacket drives, especially in the winter,” Samantha Poland said.
Thrive Outdoors, a wilderness survival school, aims to teach children about volunteering. “I want them to see there’s a lot of joy in serving others,” said Jake King, lead instructor at Thrive Outdoors. “We have a blast.”
Some well-known volunteers took the stage, like Justin Spencer of the band Recycled Percussion. “Just spreading some kindness and some love in the Granite State, and it’s an honor to be around the people in this state, giving so much back to make it a special state,” he said. “The best state in America.”
The volunteers said they don’t do what they do to be recognized, but hope their work will inspire others to give their time to their community.