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Micah In Community Action Heroes honored for volunteer service

May 27. 2015 9:04PM

The Granite State Organizing Project announced today the 2015 Micah In Community Action Hero awardees.

“I am so proud to be honoring these unsung heroes who exemplify the spirit of Micah 6:8:,” said GSOP President Brian Mitchell. “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, said, “These valiant men and women devote countless hours and boundless energy to community service. Whether they are serving meals to the homeless, welcoming newcomers, 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 by Charlie Sherman at a ceremony on Saturday, June 6, at the Parish Hall at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Goffstown from 6 to 9 p.m.

Those who will be awarded are:

• Colonel Gail Prince

Prince lives in Bedford, where she founded an organic farm for refugees from Nepal and Africa — Common Earth Farms.

She 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

John McAllister is a third generation firefighter who has been serving Nashua for the past 15 years.

Last year, McAllister 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 more than 200 new jackets for needy children before the winter.

• Jim and Yolande Walsh

The couple 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

The couple have been part of the fabric of Blessed Sacrament Parish for a long time, he for 52 years and she for 34 years.

Whenever there is need, this caring couple responds generously and kindly.

• Phyllis Appler

Appler has served as missions chairman at Main Street 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


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