Nashua Soup Kitchen to win award

2018 Gate City Light Award to honor Nashua organization’s volunteerism

NASHUA – The 2018 Gate City Light Award will go to Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter during a May 5 ceremony at the site.

“It’s going to be a volunteer celebration,” Carol Weeks, community outreach manager at NSKS said. “It’s to let them know how much we appreciate them. We couldn’t do what we do without the


In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Mayor’s Volunteer Recognition Committee bestows the award each year. The committee’s mission is “To recognize Nashua volunteers and enhance the quality of volunteer programs while providing supportive, professional network of colleagues.”

The Gate City Light Award recognizes an agency and its volunteers for giving their time to the spirit of community and caring, and for making significant contributions to the people of Nashua.

“We are so grateful to be recognized by the Mayor’s Volunteer Recognition Committee. We’ve been around since 1981 and have utilized thousands and thousands of volunteer hours,” Weeks said, adding that, “It’s great to be recognized by our peers.”

With over 1,000 volunteers in the NSKS database, Weeks said even if a small percentage of volunteers come they’ll be at capacity.

So, they’re limiting the event to people who’ve volunteered at NSKS, and the event will occur from 1-3 p.m. Mayor Jim Donchess will be in attendance, presenting the award to NSKS at 1 p.m. Light refreshments and a tour of the facility will be available, as well.

“We are so grateful for the folks that volunteer for all the different programs we have going on at the soup kitchen,” Weeks said.

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