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2020 Spirit of NH Awards

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Volunteer NH has been hosting the Spirit of NH Awards as an annual celebration of volunteerism since 2003. This event recognizes those who go above and beyond the call to serve throughout the Granite State, shining a spotlight on the often unsung heroes among us in front of an audience of their families, friends, colleagues, and the greater community.

If you are familiar with the Spirit of NH Awards, you won’t be surprised to hear that the 2020 event will look a little different. Public health concerns mean that we will not be gathering together in person, but we have taken this unfortunate situation as an opportunity to re-imagine meaningful methods of celebrating!

We are planning a social media campaign leading up to a virtual, live-streamed event on December 9. Please read on for details.

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2020, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM (Note: end time has been extended from 7:30 to 8:00 PM)

Where: This will be a virtual event, live-streamed from the Bank of NH Stage in Concord, NH. Details about how to access the stream are forthcoming.

Who: This event will be FREE for everyone to tune into. Attendees will include award recipients and their families/friends/colleagues, along with anyone else who wants to join in on this celebration of service!

What: The Spirit of NH Awards is an annual recognition event where nominated individuals and groups are honored for their exemplary volunteerism, and businesses and nonprofit/public service organizations are celebrated for their promotion of volunteer service initiatives. This year, we will also be presenting the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Manager of the Year Award.

Bonus: For the first time ever, this year’s Spirit of NH Awards will incorporate a People’s Choice Award! Individuals will be able to vote for anyone they think deserves extra recognition. Voting will open up on Monday, November 30, and close at 7 PM on Wednesday, December 9 (halfway through the live-streamed event); one vote per person per day will be allowed. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced toward the end of the live-streamed event. Badges can be downloaded to use on social media, in your email signature, on your website, or anywhere else you can think of:

Vote for me (circular)          Vote for me (email)

Vote for us (circular)           Vote for us (email)

Vote now (circular)             Vote now (email)          Vote now (Facebook cover)          Vote now (Twitter cover)


Who is receiving an award?

Volunteer Service Awards: Youth/Young Adult

Outstanding Award: Isabel Povey

Alexandra Vergara
Corinne Kelly
Deviroux D’Errico
Sachin Shiva
Smriti Sharma Sapkota
Tam Phan
Tess Beardsley

Volunteer Service Awards: Adult

Outstanding Award: Mary Beth Stocken

Ajay Rana Bhat
Barbara Mills
Brent Merriam
Catherine Cram
Chhatra Gurung
Chris Pienta
Dallas Magryta
Heather Knapp
Ishwori Bhatta
Jaimie Adams
James T. McKim, Jr.
Richard Dodge
Roland Marquis

Volunteer Service Awards: Senior

Outstanding Award: John Barry

Celeste Lesmerises
Dr. Robert Andelman
Greg Placy
Karen Werner
Lucille A. Jordan
Marc A. Boyd
Patricia M. Lucas
Richard A. Mason
Stephen Berry

Volunteer Service Awards: National Service (AmeriCorps & AmeriCorps Seniors)

Outstanding Award: Carol Austin

Allison O’Neill
Ariel J. Kapteyn
Bonnie Ross
Bridget Williams
Eunice Sanville
Geri Sargent
Izcar Desueza Delgado
Lyman A. Cousens
Peggy L. Verney
Robert Tarr

Volunteer Service Awards: Group

Outstanding Award: New Hampshire Food Bank Salvage Sorting Volunteers

Cacidy and Matt Mowry
Concord Regional VNA Hospice House Kitchen Volunteers
Concord Regional VNA Pet Therapy Volunteers
Deering LakeSmart Team
Lake Host Program Local Coordinators
Newmarket Community Church Food Pantry Garden Volunteers
SJCS Meals on Wheels Volunteers
TASC Volunteer Drivers
Tom Rush Forest Chestnut Orchard Volunteers
Upper Valley Mask Makers
Wolfeboro Area Mask Makers

Volunteer Champion Awards: Business or Nonprofit/Public Service Organization

Outstanding Award: YMCA of Greater Nashua

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua
Keene Serenity Center
Merrimack Valley SCORE
New Hampshire Nepali Community
North Country Pride
Orr & Reno
Wings of the Dawn


What Can I Do?

Sorry, we are no longer accepting nominations for the 2020 Spirit of NH Awards!

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Attend the (virtual) 2020 Spirit of NH Awards!

  • Details above.



How much does it cost to attend the Spirit of NH Awards?

Nothing! The Spirit of NH Awards ceremony is FREE and open to the public.

How can I learn more about the Spirit of NH Awards?

Click here for more details about the awards, the nomination process, and the event itself. Email Mikayla@VolunteerNH.org with questions.


Special thanks to our Legacy Sponsor, Bellwether Community Credit Union, for helping to make this statewide celebration of service possible!


December 9
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Volunteer NH