This week I had the opportunity to speak with Nate Pelletier of Franklin. Nate is from Watseka, Illinois and after he graduated from college he took a three month internship in Hill. After his internship finished up, Nate realized he had fallen in love with the people, the beautiful scenery, the seasons, and opportunities that the state has to offer.
Nate is now the Youth Pastor at Hill Village Bible Church, a volunteer at the Tapply-Thompson Community Center in Bristol, a basketball coach and soccer referee in the Newfound Area School District, and volunteers with The Wilds of New England in Deering and Camp Berea in Hebron.
When Nate is not working or volunteering you will find him driving the backroads of the White Mountains, taking in the beautiful scenery, exploring and hiking mountain trails, boating on Newfound Lake, hunting in Central New Hampshire, shooting hoops at the Ashland basketball courts, eating wings with friends at the Pizza Chef in Franklin, enjoying a quesadilla from Casamigos in Tilton, or enjoying some great food at May Garden in Franklin.
When I asked Nate how he got involved with the community he said:
When I moved here, I looked for ways to get involved in the schools and the community. I wanted to give back immediately. First, I met with the leaders of the Tapply-Thompson Community Center and asked how I could get involved.”
Today he works with youth there in the evenings and he loves playing basketball with them. Next, Nate sought out coaching opportunities. Thankfully, the year he moved to the region, there was a need for a coach at the middle school for basketball, and that helped him get to know the people and the community even more. His church is also the heart of its community so they are continuously doing outreach and putting love into action.
When I asked Nate what advice he would give someone looking to get involved and wanting to give back, he said, “to give back you need to truly be loving. True love is synonymous with selflessness. It’s not about me feeling good, it’s not about trying to be a good person. All that I am trying to do is share the love of God with those around me.”
Nate believes that everyone can give back with the tools and gifts they are given. He has used his love for sports to get involved and has helped hundreds of teens over the years. Use your gifts and talents to make a positive change!
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” ―Winston S. Churchill
There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own backyards.