Building A Spirit Of Place - Enriching & Sustaining Pride in Keene


The Presidential Primary Election on February 9, 2016 brought record voter turnout to the City's five polling locations.  Because of the volume of voters wishing to participate, the City of Keene found the need to supplement our typical roster of 60 Election Officials with volunteers from the community.  We were fortunate to have an immediate and overwhelming response to our request for help.  Over 75 community members came forward to volunteer on Election Day!  The volunteers took time out of their busy lives to be trained to assist with activities such as greeting and directing voters entering the polls, registering voters, assisting with post-election audits, and polling place clean up efforts.  Many of these community volunteers offered to serve the entire day alongside our Election Officials.  Others worked beyond their commitment to ensure there was adequate staffing during the busiest parts of the day.  With their assistance, we were able to continue to provide the residents of Keene a positive voting experience and an election process that is fair, accurate, and trustworthy.

Election Greeters

We were also very fortunate to receive in-kind food donations from several local restaurants, providing dinner to feed the over 125 people working at the polls.  The participating businesses included: Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza (providing dinner to Ward One), Domino's Pizza (providing dinner to Ward Two), Pizza Pie (providing dinner to Ward Three), Price Chopper (providing dinner to Ward Four), and Amicci's Pizza (providing dinner to Ward Five).  

Mayor Kendall W. Lane will read a Proclamation in honor of this outstanding volunteer effort at the City Council meeting of March 3, 2016.  A personal copy of this Proclamation will be provided to all of our volunteers and participating restaurants.

We also wanted to show our deep appreciation for these volunteers and businesses through the Building a Spirit of Place Program.  What better way to exemplify the guiding principles of building a sense of pride and fostering community spirit than by honoring the various community members and businesses that made this record breaking election a success!  Thank you so much for all that you did.  We are hopeful the experience will spur the desire to serve again as we prepare for the Presidential Primary Election in November.

 Election Workers

Building a Spirit of Place is a Keene community development and beautification project supported by the community, businesses and civic organizations.  We seek to enhance the appearance of Keene while building a sense of pride and community spirit, thereby improving the environmental, economic, and social well-being of our city and its neighborhoods for today and tomorrow. We embrace the proposition that citizens can create and shape the communities in which they live. We challenge organizations and individuals to enhance the appearance of their community, while building a sense of involvement and pride.

We envision a strong, vibrant place where the health and well-being of Keene and the people who live, play, study and work here are nourished and supported. We visualize a community where our residents work together and participate in a meaningful communal life. Building a Spirit of Place seeks to foster pride and awareness working together for our city and the quality of life for those who call Keene home.

We challenge you to help us deepen the value and appeal of Keene, while awakening community pride. Volunteer, donate, spread the word – get involved!  

See the links in the left-most column of this web page for some project ideas.  

Have an idea?  A question?  A donation?  Fill out our form.

Contact us at (603) 357-9804.

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