Vital Communities Honors Volunteer of the Year

Sunday, December 03, 2017

White River Junction — Stacey Chiocchio was honored Friday night as the Vital Communities volunteer of the year.

Chiocchio, of Grantham, the community citizenship manager at Hanover-based Hypertherm, became involved with Vital Communities six years ago and participated in the organization’s Leadership Upper Valley program, which helps leaders learn how to better serve the Upper Valley community, in 2012.

“Stacey became one of the program’s most enthusiastic Recruitment Committee members, then went on to chair this committee and eventually to lead the (program’s) board of governors,” Lauren Griswold, volunteer coordinator for Vital Communities, said in a news release.

“Her commitment to (the program) is responsible for a fair share of the program’s growth, and her guidance has been invaluable,”

Chiocchio also participates in the Transportation Management Association and she helped organize Flavors of the Valley, Vital Communities’ annual local foods tasting expo, this past spring.

“Stacey is consistently one of the most active volunteers in any group she contributes to. This woman practices what she preaches and does a lot of volunteering for Upper Valley nonprofits,” one of Chiocchio’s colleagues said in a press release.

Chiocchio received her award on Friday at the annual Vital Communities Open House, part of December’s First Friday events in White River Junction.

Past recipients of the Volunteer of the Year Award have included Molly Drummond, for her years of photography of Vital Communities events and programs; Steve Campbell and John Erickson, for their work on the community email discussion lists; Nancy Mogielnicki, for supporting the organization’s energy and transportation programs; Carola Lea, for her years of service to the organization; and Nancy and George Smith, for their commitment to Valley Quest.