Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH) held its 2019 President’s Awards Banquet at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford on Tuesday, April 9 from noon to 2 p.m. CCNH is a statewide organization that integrates community service and civic responsibility to higher education institutions.
Higher education institutions from all across the state, from White Mountains Community College to SNHU, were represented by dedicated student leaders, faculty and community partners during Tuesday’s banquet.
CCNH presented three high profile awards during its ceremony: The President and Leadership Award, the Good Steward Award and the Community Partner Award.
The President and Leadership Award was awarded to one student or student organization from every college and university in the state who made outstanding contributions to community service, service learning and/or civic engagement efforts in their community.
SNHU recognized Ryan Bailey (’19) for this award.
Bailey is a Service Projects Coordinator at the Chandler Center. He became an employee of the center in his freshman year and immediately began working on community service projects. His first project was facilitating the Cooking for Change Program, a weekly program which provided teens meals at the Drop-in Center at Child and Family Services in Manchester.
He arranges weekly and monthly events and establishes and maintains relationships with community partners. He also coordinated two consecutive alternative break trips to Washington D.C. and Utah.
“I had always had a passion for community service,” Bailey said. “I come from a small town with no underprivileged areas, so I never had an outlet. Now I do through the Chandler Center, and I fell in love with [community service.]
Bailey’s supervisors Elizabeth Richards, Kelley Hobbs and Beth Anderson nominated him for the President and Leadership Award. They, along with his mother, accompanied him at the banquet.
“It’s humbling,” Bailey said of receiving the award. “When my supervisors had to think of someone to give the award to, they thought of me and that means a lot. I do the best I can and it comes from a place of love as much as possible.”
SNHU honored Bill Madden with the Good Steward Award at the Presidents Awards Banquet. The Good Steward Award is represented to a member of the faculty, administration or staff who has contributed his or her professional expertise in service to the wider community and has significantly advanced public service on their campus.
Madden is a supporter of the Chandler Center as an SNHU employee. He volunteers at the Give a Little Feed a Lot Food Drive every year and the Girls Night Out pre-prom event. He recently assisted the Chandler Center to deliver furniture to on-campus organizations. Thanks to his work, a dozen community organizations have been able to use beds, desks, wardrobes and kitchen tables in their offices.
The Community Partner Award was given to a nonprofit organization who has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with a college or university. SNHU recognized NeighborWorks with this award.
NeighborWorks is a national nonprofit organization that works with businesses to build houses and provide people with the skills and resources to amplify the reach of the businesses it works with so they can empower individuals and transform more communities than they would be able to do on their own.
Award recipients including Bailey, Madden and NeighborWorks demonstrated immense community involvement and support this year to earn their respective recognition. They pride themselves in community growth and inclusiveness through dedication to service and involvement.