Micah In Community Action Heroes honored for volunteer service to community

The Granite State Organizing Project, with support from the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire, is honoring the 2015 Micah In Community Action Hero awardees.   GSOP President Brian Mitchell said, “I am so proud to be honoring these unsung heroes who exemplify the spirit of Micah 6:8:    “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Vice President, Sister Carol Descoteaux, CSC added, “These valiant men and women devote countless hours and boundless energy to community service.  Whether they are serving meals to the homeless, welcoming new comers, providing warm winter coats for low income children or simply ministering to shut ins, these are the people who make our state great and I am honored to have the opportunity to celebrate with these remarkable individuals and their families!”

The MICAH Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Saturday, June 6th at the Parish Hall at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Goffstown from 6 – 9 pm.

2015 awardees include:  

Colonel Gail Prince. Colonel Prince Lives in Bedford where she founded an organic farm for refugees from Nepal and Africa – Common Earth Farms.  Gail works year round to help refugee farmers manage the land and resources to practice their traditional farming profession and earn income. 

Sister Mary-Elizabeth Leonard, CSC. It was in 1954, at the young age of 19, that Mary-Elizabeth heard God’s call, entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross and dedicated her entire life to meeting the needs of God’s poor and suffering children. Sister Mary Elizabeth’s “magic SUV” is a welcome sight across the city as she feeds the poor and warms the homeless.

Captain John McAllister. Captain John Is a 3rd generation Firefighter who has been serving Nashua NH for the past 15 years. Last year, John and the Nashua Firefighters worked with local businesses in the Nashua area to raise money to buy new winter jackets for poor children.  After raising thousands of dollars, the Nashua Firefighters Association purchased over 200 new jackets for needy children before the winter. 

Jim and Yolande Walsh. Jim and Yolande are active members of the St. Anne – St. Augustin Parish.  They were very active in welcoming new African refugees to Manchester and the parish.

Natalie and Larry Welch. Larry and Natalie Welch have been part of the fabric of Blessed Sacrament Parish for a long time. Larry for 52 years and Natalie for 34 years.  Whenever there is need this dynamic and caring couple responds generously and kindly. 

Phyllis Appler. Phyllis Appler has served as Missions Chairman at Main St. United Methodist Church in Nashua since at least 1986, working with the food pantry, Church World Service, Heifer, and other projects. 

GSOP unites religious, labor, and community groups to address issues and shape decisions that will positively affect quality of life in our communities. More information is available at granitestateorganizing.org