UNH Students Honored For
Thousands Of Volunteer Hours
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Sept. 27, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. – Fundraising is the lifeblood of nonprofit organizations
such as the American Red Cross, so when University of New Hampshire
undergraduate William Royer volunteered for the Great Bay Chapter,
his interest in researching and writing grants, publishing the organization’s
newsletter for supporters, and updating its website was welcomed
Staff at the Great Bay Chapter was so busy dealing with local, national
and international disasters that working on fundraising and marketing
projects had been put on the back burner. “Keeping connected
to our community is vital, and Bill was able to assist us by donating
his time and really taking the project on from start to finish.
Since we rely completely on donated dollars from the community to
not only survive, but to serve others, this newsletter was terribly
important to keep our constituents informed," said Sarah Cherne,
executive director of the chapter.
On Monday, Sept. 26, 2005 Royer, a sophomore from South Berwick,
Maine, was honored for his volunteer service with the Fidelity Innovation
and Technology Award, one of four awards presented at the 2005 Community
Service Awards sponsored by Fidelity Investments and the Whittemore
School of Business and Economics at UNH.
Four awards were presented to students enrolled in the Whittemore
School's Introduction to Business course taught by Ross Gittell,
James R. Carter Professor of Management. The students are required
to do eight hours of community service as part of learning about
corporate social responsibility, and the awards – a $1,000
grant – went to the nonprofit organization or agency where
they completed their volunteer work. On average the students in
the class donate more than 5,000 hours of service a year.
Christine Williams, a sophomore from Newton, earned a $1,000 grant
for the Rockingham Community Action Outreach Center for winning
the Fidelity Financial Education Award. Williams helped people in
need of food, clothing and shelter get the appropriate services.
Many times, though, her most important volunteer role was simply
being a compassionate ear for people who needed assistance to get
through tough times.
“It may not seem like a lot but some of the people just like
to have someone to talk to. There are people out there that, no
matter what they do, they just can't make ends meet or they are
just in a bad situation and can't get out of it. Just by going somewhere
like the Rockingham Community Action Outreach Center and talking
to people who listen to what they have to say makes an impact on
them. That’s important,” Williams said. “This
project supported my academic work, especially in the business class,
because it made me understand the role of social responsibility.
It showed me how much one person can help others and if a whole
company bands together to help then even more can be accomplished.”
Fidelity awarded a grant in each of the following categories:
Fidelity Literacy Award
Winner: John-Paul Venuto, Durham. Volunteered with Seymour Osman
Community Center and Youth Safe Haven.
Finalist (tie): Lainey Remignanti, Durham, and Jamison Biron, Lee.
Volunteered with Dover Youth. Nathaniel Jones, Hartford, Conn. Volunteered
with Read Across America.
The Fidelity Literacy Award recognizes a student volunteer project
or activity that promotes literacy and/or helps strengthen reading
skills for a variety of age groups and populations.
Fidelity Financial Education Award
Winner: Christine Williams, Newton. Volunteered with Rockingham
Community Action Outreach Center.
The Fidelity Financial Education Award recognizes a student volunteer
project or activity that helps to promote personal financial education
and further individual understanding of personal finance concepts,
including but not limited to budgeting and savings, avoiding credit
and investment risks, philanthropic investment strategies, understanding
different economic models, etc.
The Fidelity Innovation and Technology Award
Winner: William Royer, South Berwick, Maine. Volunteered with
the American Red Cross, Great Bay Chapter.
Finalist: Amy Kaplan, Cumberland, Maine. Volunteered with Wildlife
The Fidelity Innovation and Technology Award recognizes a student
volunteer project or activity that helps a nonprofit organization
use technology to initiate changes in its operations and service
delivery channels to expand or improve service.
Fidelity Community Investor Award
Winner: Christopher Matrumalo, Derry, and Jake Marvelley, Hamilton,
Mass. Volunteered with the United Way of the Greater Seacoast.
Finalist: Sam Harkinson, Rochester, and Rachel Albright, Rochester.
Volunteered with The Gafney Home.
The Fidelity Community Investor Award recognizes the student volunteer
project or activity that provides the greatest benefit to families
and individual residents in a seacoast town or city.
Fidelity Investments is one of the world's largest providers of
financial services, with custodied assets of $2.3 trillion, including
managed assets of $1.1 trillion as of Aug. 31, 2005. Fidelity offers
investment management, retirement planning, brokerage, and human
resources and benefits outsourcing services to approximately 20
million individuals and institutions as well as through 5,500 financial
intermediary firms. 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 http://www.fidelity.com.
Editor’s Note: Photographs of the winners are available.
Please contact Lori Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.