ONE OF OUR long-standing traditions here at the New Hampshire Union Leader is annually recognizing 40 residents who eagerly give their time and talents to volunteer pursuits that strengthen and enrichment communities all across New Hampshire.

These folks want to give back — many of them following in the footsteps of family members who set the example of community involvement throughout their childhoods. Others say they are thankful for community support they received growing up, and they want to continue that spirit of volunteerism and support for the next generation.