Leadership Greater Nashua: Social Services Day
On November 1, 2018, the Leadership Greater Nashua Class of 2019 spent the day hearing from some of Nashua’s leaders in the social services arena. The day started as all LGN class days do at the Nashua Police Department where Rod Conard lead thoughtful discussion on the evolution of leadership. We spent the majority of our morning learning about the collaborative approach to leadership versus the age-old model of hierarchy. It was interesting hearing about the different leadership models in our classmates’ organizations and their interpretation of how leadership is changing and has changed overtime.
Following the morning leadership training, we were greeted by Mike Apfelberg, President of United Way Greater Nashua and graduate of LGN Class of 2010. Mike discussed the role of United Way in Nashua and their contributions by assisting and uplifting non-profit organizations in the Greater Nashua area. One thing that really stuck out about Mike’s presentation was the concept of “Fiscal Agency.” Essentially, this allows individuals and groups in the community to operate under United Way’s non-profit status without having to jump through all of the hoops of creating their own non-profit in order to make their creative ideas a reality.
After Mike’s discussion we regrouped at the Boys and Girls Club in Nashua where we enjoyed a delicious lunch supplied by Bertucci’s. During lunch we heard from John Parolin, Director of Marketing at Silverstone Living, and Meghan Brady, Executive Director of St. Joseph’s Community Services. John and Meghan educated the class on the senior services in the Greater Nashua area. St. Joseph’s Community Services provides a broad spectrum of services for the elderly, however one of the most well-known services they provide is Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels provides over 3,000 meals per year to senior citizens. Not only does Meals on Wheels provide food, but it also provides human contact for those receiving meals. We learned during this presentation that isolationism is one of the largest problems amongst the elderly. In fact, the delivery of Meals on Wheels accounts for the only human contact for one out of five seniors receiving those services all week.
Jumping from learning about senior services, we took a tour of The Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club supports over 500 kids a day. It offers educational support, athletics, meals, art, and almost anything else you could imagine! If you have not visited The Boys and Girls Club of Nashua, it is worth taking a tour.
Finally, we wrapped up the day by hearing from Mike LaChance, CEO of YMCA of Greater Nashua and graduate of LGN Class of 1995, Joy Barrett, Executive Director of Granite State Children’s Alliance/Child Advocacy Center, and Norm Bouthilette, CEO of Boys and Girls Club Greater Nashua and graduate of LGN Class of 1999. Mike, Joy, and Norm discussed youth services in Greater Nashua and beyond. All around it was an informative and inspiring day to see some of the wonderful organizations we are so fortunate to have available in this community.