Celebrating Nashua’s unsung heroes: Gate City Light Award nominations open for 2024

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Members of the Nashua Mayor’s Volunteer Recognition Committee with St. Jospeh Hospital staff after the 2023 Gate City Light Award presentation by Mayor Jim Donchess. 

NASHUA, NH – In celebration of National Volunteer Week, the Nashua Mayor’s Volunteer Recognition Committee proudly announces the opening of nominations for the Gate City Light Award. This annual accolade shines a spotlight on Nashua organizations and their dedicated volunteers who embody the spirit of community service and have made significant impacts on the lives of Nashua residents.

Nominations for the Gate City Light Award are now being accepted until April 27, 2024. Individuals passionate about a nonprofit organization based in Nashua or serving the Nashua community are encouraged to participate by filling out a brief survey available here.

Respondents will have the opportunity to share anecdotes about their positive experiences with the organization they are nominating, and explain why they choose to support it, whether as volunteers, advocates, or donors. The information gathered will help the award-granting committee make informed decisions.

Previous winners of the Gate City Light Award within the past five years are not eligible for nomination this year. They include:

  • St. Joseph Hospital (2023)
  • United Way of Greater Nashua (2021)
  • End 68 Hours of Hunger (2020)
  • Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter (2019)

Only organizations located in or serving the people of Nashua are eligible for consideration.

The Gate City Light Award will be presented during the Nashua Board of Aldermen meeting on May 21, 2024, marking a special occasion to honor the exceptional contributions of Nashua’s unsung heroes.

“Serving as a beacon of hope and compassion, the Gate City Light Award recognizes the selfless efforts of Nashua’s volunteers and organizations who work tirelessly to uplift our community,” said Sara Ceaser, Committee Chair. “We invite everyone to participate in this celebration of service by nominating their favorite Nashua nonprofit and sharing their inspiring stories.”

For inquiries about the Gate City Light Award, please contact Sara Ceaser, Committee Chair, at sceaser@unitedwaynashua.org or (603) 864-0201.

About Gate City Light Award

The Gate City Light Award, presented annually by the Nashua Mayor’s Volunteer Recognition Committee, honors Nashua organizations and their volunteers for their outstanding contributions to the community. Recipients exemplify dedication, compassion, and service, making a meaningful difference in the lives of Nashua residents.

United Way of Greater Nashua is an independent 510(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1929 to serve the residents of Greater Nashua. Its mission is to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way of Greater Nashua has received GuideStar and Charity Navigator’s top ratings for accountability, transparency, and financial management. For more information or to get involved as a donor or volunteer, please email United Way of Greater Nashua at, info@unitedwaynashua.org or visit their website at www.unitedwaynashua.org