, Derry, New Hampshire


October 31, 2013

Volunteerism is strong with local teens

Student volunteers forge community relationships


“It’s important for the younger girls to see the older girls in leadership roles,” she said. “They can be a role model.”

Denyce Ellis, a member of Derry’s Heritage Commission, came to the fair hoping to sign up some volunteers to help with specific museum work. Needs include volunteering at the museum when visitors stop by, or helping archive photos and information.

By the end of the fair, her signup list was long.

“They can learn all about the museum,” she said.

Having volunteers in place can be a godsend to local organizations.

“We would love to have kids volunteer,” Ellis said. “Some don’t even know we have a museum.”

T.J. Cullinane stood nearby and hoped to sign up students to help with the historic Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry. The Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery always need additional support and helping hands to continue the work at the cemetery, including cleaning gravestones.

He planned to lead a group of volunteers on Saturday and teach them the tricks of proper stone cleaning and upkeep.

Konstant said students get a sense of pride and accomplishment when they volunteer.

“They feel good about what they do and they benefit as well because it can help to build a resume and a network for their future,” he said. “By volunteering on a regular basis, a sense of belonging to a larger group and self worth is gained; responsibility and commitment are learned and fostered through these opportunities.”

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