Habitat for Humanity honored with Gate City Light Award

NASHUA – Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity has re­ceived the Gate City Light Award from Mayor James Donchess, the Mayor’s Volunteer Recogni­tion Committee and the Board of Aldermen at City Hall in April.

The award recognizes Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity and its volunteers for their dedication to meeting Nashuans’ needs for proper, safe and welcoming shelter.

Volunteers serve as members of a construction team, working under the guidance of construction professionals to refurbish homes for residents in need. In fiscal 2015, Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity refurbished two condominiums on Chestnut Street, and two Burundi refugee families moved in just after Thanksgiving.

Currently, a house on Nottingham Drive is being rehabilitated and will soon become home to a veteran’s family. Volunteers also work in Habitat’s ReStore at 352 Amherst St., its office, and on boards and committees.

More than 1,000 volunteers donated more than 11,000 hours last year to Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity.

The volunteers’ work experience is varied, with lawyers, CPAs, bankers, chefs, project managers, computer specialists, real estate agents and others donating time and talent. But special skills aren’t required of build volunteers, only a willingness to be trained, help and have fun.

"For each construction project, Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity recruits an extraordinary number of volunteers," said Stacy Hynes, chairwoman of the Mayor’s Volunteer Recognition Committee, "including the families who will live in these homes. The work of these volunteers truly transforms the lives of the partner families and sets an admirable example for all of us."

For more information about how to become a volunteer with the organization, visit www. nashuahabitat.