written by Tyler Jones
On the evening of November 7th, 2017, hundreds of volunteers and their families from all across New Hampshire came to the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord for the Spirit of New Hampshire Awards. This annual ceremony honors outstanding contributions to volunteerism throughout the state of New Hampshire. City Year New Hampshire was honored to have connections to two award winners: Gossler Park Elementary School Impact Manager and City Year New Hampshire alumna, Alysa Hemcher, and retiring City Year New Hampshire Board member, Major General Ken Clark.
Alysa Hemcher, City Year New Hampshire Impact Manager
Alysa has served with City Year New Hampshire since the fall of 2015. As an AmeriCorps member, she served at Bakersville Elementary School for two years; as a first-year corps member, and then as a Service Leader. Both roles involved providing direct service to her partner teacher and the whole classroom as well as one-on-one and small group support to specific students. Her second year as a Service leader called for additional team management responsibilities. At the close of her last year as a corps member, Alysa was honored with the Spirit of City Year award for her demonstrated commitment to providing exceptional service to her school, her partner teacher, her team, and her students throughout the year.
This year, Alysa is serving as the Impact Manager for the Gossler Park Elementary School team, a role of managing a team of 7 first-year corps members and Service Leaders in providing much-needed services to the Gossler Park community. She is readily available to support her team and her school, and continues to strengthen our site and our community through her commitment to service and building upon the excellent relationship our organization has with the Gossler Park faculty and staff. Alysa has a knack for understanding the needs of those around her, often giving up her own time and to taking on more tasks to ensure those around her are better prepared.
We are proud to have a committed individual like Alysa serving the students of Manchester. Her positive attitude towards her service and others is incredibly contagious and inspirational. Alysa's resourcefulness, honesty, empathy, and dedication are qualities that help her succeed in every aspect of her service, and we are honored to have her as an award recipient!
Major General Ken Clark, retiring member of City Year New Hampshire Board
Ken has served 13 consecutive years as a member of City Year New Hampshire’s Board. His support for our organization is founded in his belief in the power of service. Whether it is domestic service or military service, he believes that serving others is a fundamental aspect of being an active citizen. It is this belief that allowed him to powerfully advocate for City Year New Hampshire's work in our state over many years as a champion of national service.
With City Year New Hampshire, Ken spent countless hours supporting our organization through connecting us with local leaders. In turn, these leaders became strong supporters of City Year by cultivating and securing sponsorship of our annual fundraising event, facilitating strategic planning sessions that have impacted our sustainability and growth, and being active and consistent champions and ambassadors of our service.
We know that, despite his retirement from our Board, Ken will continue to support us and serve as a trusted counselor to our organization for years to come. Ken is a special part of not only City Year New Hampshire’s history, but also the history of volunteerism and service in New Hampshire. His recognition is well deserved!