LONDONDERRY — A Londonderry woman was named a top citizen for her efforts helping others.
Anita Huse, longtime volunteer at The Upper Room, received the Good Citizen Award by Citizens Bank and Volunteer NH.
She was recognized for her dedication to the community nonprofit in Derry for the past 13 years.
As part of the award, The Upper Room received a $250 donation in Huse’s honor.
The award honors people who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and help strengthen communities through their actions.
The Upper Room is a family resource center in Derry committed to creating educational programs and services to help strengthen individuals, families and the community.
Huse has donated her time in many areas at The Upper Room, mostly in the facility’s food pantry.
She said the award was a wonderful honor.
“I was thrilled,” she said.
Huse credited The Upper Room staff with helping so many people in the community.
“The staff is so experienced,” she said. “They really are helping families to live better lives.”
The Upper Room staff is also glad to have her help.
“Working with someone as wonderfully friendly, sincere and caring as Anita is an immense pleasure,” said Ruth Kay, Upper Room staff member. “Her dedication to improving the lives of families in the Derry community sets an example for all the volunteers at The Upper Room.”
In addition to her time spent making sure the food pantry’s shelves are stocked, Huse also volunteers at community events like Derryfest, helps staff The Upper Room’s weekly bingo fundraiser, and has made various personal financial contributions to the agency. She has also provided free CPR courses for staff and families for 10 years.
“We are so thankful to have Anita on our team, “ said Diane Casale, Upper Room staff member. “It’s clear to everyone that she is a selfless individual who truly cares about her community. There is no one more deserving of this award, and we congratulate her on the well-deserved distinction.”