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Maistrosky presented Good Citizen Award for Nashua volunteerism

MANCHESTER – Citizens Bank and Volunteer NH named Jeff Maistrosky a Good Citizen for his commitment to the Nashua community.

The Good Citizen Award honors people who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and, through their efforts, strengthen the communities where they live and work. ...

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MANCHESTER – Citizens Bank and Volunteer NH named Jeff Maistrosky a Good Citizen for his commitment to the Nashua community.

The Good Citizen Award honors people who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and, through their efforts, strengthen the communities where they live and work.

As part of the award, a $250 donation is being made in Maistrosky’s honor to the Independent Karate School Scholarship Foundation.

“Jeffrey is a true asset to the Nashua community,” said Sanjay Sood, Citizens Bank Nashua branch manager. “He embodies the spirit of volunteerism with his positive attitude and willingness to help whenever needed. We are proud to work with Volunteer NH to showcase people like Jeff and the tremendous work they do in our New Hampshire communities.”

This marks Maistrosky’s 10th year of service to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each year, Maistrosky coordinates a group of 40-50 people from among Independent Karate School staff, students and parents to volunteer at the annual Light the Night Walk at Greeley Park in Nashua.

In keeping with the IKS philosophy that it is “essential for martial artists to play a positive role in their community, wherever that may be, and to share their strength to make a difference in the lives of others,” Maistrosky and the IKS volunteers manage all aspects of the event, including registration, T-shirt pickup and passing out lighted balloons.

In fiscal 2013, the Nashua Light the Night Walk raised just under $170,000, which contributed heavily toward the ability of the LLS to provide $194,466.06 as financial aid and co-pay assistance to New Hampshire cancer patients that year.

Maistrosky volunteers at other events, including the Boston Walk and, with several other local charities and community outlets, often with the assistance of his fellow IKS students and parents. These include the High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire, Rotary Club of Nashua West’s Rock’n Ribfest, the Nashua Parks and Recreation Department and the Humane Society for Greater Nashua.

“We are pleased to recognize Jeff for his steady, dedicated service,” said Gretchen Berger-Wabuti, executive director at Volunteer NH. “It’s clear that his commitment to volunteerism is making a positive impact on the lives of many community members.”

Good Citizen Award nominations can be made at www.volunteernh.org. For more information, contact Charles Caldwell, administrative outreach officer of Volunteer NH, at 271-7200 or recognition@volunteernh.org.