YMCA HONORS 2021 VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR
At the YMCA of Greater Nashua’s 135th annual meeting held on November 18, the YMCA presented awards to volunteers for outstanding service.
This year, the policy Volunteer of the Year award went to Steve Lynn, chair of the YMCA’s Board of Directors. In his remarks, CEO Mike LaChance shared that some of the highlights of Mr. Lynn’s volunteer service which included working on the strategic planning task force, investment committee, and the most recent YMCA capital campaign. Mr. Lynn lives in Nashua and is a Vice President at Fidelity Investments.
According to Terri McGrew, YMCA Volunteer Coordinator, “Seventeen individuals and one service organization joined us to partner with the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter and the United Way of Greater Nashua to address childhood and adult hunger in our community. YMCA volunteers delivered fresh fruits and vegetables to pop-up pantries that served over 13,250 individuals in Nashua.”
Those honored as Community Impact Volunteers whose efforts assisted with food insecurity are: Trice Antinoro, Brooke Arthur, Mike Berube, Kyle Castrigno, Bill Dubois, Nancy Dubois, Anne Farina, Drew Hefflefinger, Denis Jacobs, Richard Jancsy, Mary Kenefick, Denise Mawn, Kathy McCoy, Dee Mosley, Nancy Quick, Joseph Risteen, Mark Wainwright, and the Nashua Lions Club.
Twenty-two teen volunteers were also honored as “Community Impact Volunteers of the Year.” They shared their time and talents on weekday afternoons at the YMCA Educational Academy, a remote learning and childcare program. Volunteering as Teen Mentors they were reading buddies and led physical activities, STEM projects and fun team building exercises. In total these generous teens donated 850 hours to serve our community.
YMCA Educational Academy teen mentors honored for their work were: Eric Carlo, Arvin Challuri, Aisling Creaney, Harrison Curran, Krisha Dani, Tony Ferriero, Skyler Gage, Jenna Hamelin, Annabelle Hitzeman, Abrahim Ismaeil, Sarah Ismaeil, Vidya Nandakumar, Braeden O’Connor, Jahnavi Palarapu, Kaylie Palmer, Raina Patel, Beth Pierce, Richa Rajesh, Christopher Serino, Ryan Terruso, Catherine Tyrrell, and Sonya Witkoskie.
Overall, in the past year, the YMCA of Greater Nashua had the support of over 200 volunteers, donating 4,310 hours of volunteer hours.
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