Seacoast Reads, Manchester
Food Pantry Among Organizations To Benefit From Community Service
Of UNH Students
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
May 13, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – Four New Hampshire nonprofit organizations
received $1,000 in recognition of the community service work performed
by student volunteers from the University of New Hampshire at the
Whittemore School of Business and Economics and Fidelity Investments'
Merrimack Region first Community Service Awards.
The awards were presented Wednesday, May 12, 2004, to students enrolled
in the Whittemore School's Introduction to Business course taught
by Ross Gittell, James R. Carter Professor of Management. The students
were required to do a minimum of eight hours of community service
as part of learning about corporate social responsibility, and the
awards – a $1,000 grant – will go to the nonprofit organization
or agency where they completed their volunteer work. On average
the students donate more than 5,000 hours of service a year.
“Community service is a critical part of the academic mission
of the university because it instills an appreciation and dedication
to civic responsibility and citizenship. These students, through
their volunteer efforts, are an example of the importance of students
engaging the community to extend their knowledge beyond the university,”
UNH President Ann Weaver Hart said.
The Fidelity Literacy Award, which recognizes a student volunteer
activity that promotes literacy and/or helps strengthen reading
skills for a variety of age groups, was awarded to Meryl MacCormack,
a first-year student from Nashua, for her work with Seacoast Reads.
Seacoast Reads places UNH volunteers in elementary schools and after-school
programs to help second- and third-grade students improve reading
and writing skills. MacCormack helped ‘reading buddy’
Courtney, a second-grader in Mrs. Brown’s class at the New
Franklin School in Portsmouth, improve her reading abilities. “I
can see why businesses engage in corporate responsibility –
it’s so rewarding, and the respect you get from other people
from being involved in the community and giving back is a reward
in and of itself,” MacCormack said.
Seacoast Reads will use the $1,000 award to purchase additional
books and magnetic letter white-boards for student volunteers to
use in the schools.
Michael Boucher, a sophomore from Milton, Vt., was awarded the Fidelity
Innovation and Technology Award for his work with the American Red
Cross Great Bay Chapter. The award recognizes a student volunteer
project or activity that helps a nonprofit organization use technology
to expand or improve service. Boucher, who still volunteers with
the chapter, assists the American Red Cross two mornings a week
by creating databases and spreadsheets for volunteer and marketing
purposes. His work supports the organization’s efforts to
market training classes, including CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard
Certification. Boucher also has received training on a database
that manages information regarding students that have completed
Red Cross certification classes. The American Red Cross will use
its $1,000 award to expand the organization’s ability to better
inform the community of its critical life-saving services.
Because of the high number of entries in the Fidelity Community
Investor Award, two students were recognized for service: Gloria
Tamdji, a first-year student from Corona, N.Y., for her work with
the Durham Public Library, and Amanda Genesky, a junior from Manchester
who volunteered with New Horizons Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry in
Manchester. The Fidelity Community Investor Award recognizes the
student volunteer project or activity that provides the greatest
benefit to families and individual residents of the Town of Durham,
although this year, the second award went to a student who volunteered
in the Manchester community.
Tamdji completed her volunteer work in association with the Williamson
residence hall’s adoption of the Durham Public Library as
a community service partner. In the spring semester, she and 14
Williamson Hall students worked to sort and catalogue the library’s
book inventory in coordination with a new database. The hall’s
residents hopes to expand the partnership with the library, creating
new educational opportunities for the Durham community in the form
of reading hours, tutoring groups, and hosting games and activities
at the library. The $1,000 award will assist the library in these
Genesky volunteered her time with New Horizons Soup Kitchen in March,
helping to feed hundreds of low-income individuals and families
in the Greater Manchester area. New Horizons will utilize the $1,000
award to help purchase provisions for the soup kitchen.
Fidelity Investments is one of the world's largest providers of
financial services, with custodied assets of $1.9 trillion, including
managed assets of $1,021.3 billion as of March 31, 2004. Fidelity
offers investment management, retirement planning, brokerage, human
resources and benefits outsourcing services to 18 million individuals
and institutions as well as through 5,500 financial intermediaries.
The firm is the largest mutual fund company in the United States,
the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans, one of
the largest mutual fund supermarkets and a leading online brokerage
firm. For more information about Fidelity Investments, visit www.fidelity.com.