Sweet on Each Other and on Service

Note: This article is one in a series of occasional features about loyal contributors to United Way of Greater Nashua.

This Valentine’s Day, we salute Leadership Givers Ken and Ruth Grabeau of Nashua, NH, who have been donating to United Way for 40 of the 48 years they have been together.

Ken is Founder, President, and CEO of Monarch Instrument in Amherst, NH, which consistently runs a successful United Way workplace campaign. Ken is a past Board Chairman of United Way of Greater Nashua and Girls Inc. In 2005, he received United Way’s Max I. Silber Community Service Award.

Service is second nature to Ken and Ruth, as also evidenced by their extensive involvement in Rotary. Ken is a past Director of Rotary International. He and Ruth have traveled the world to spread Rotary’s message of “Service Above Self” and they personify that philosophy. Their Rotary service includes:

  • Helped immunize children against polio during National Immunization Days in Cameroon and Ghana
  • Made multiple trips into Central America, initially providing relief from Hurricane Mitch in 1998, and ultimately organizing a multi-district committee that continues today to provide equipment, supplies and human services to areas of greatest need
  • Helped develop Pure Water for the World, a non-profit organization that provides communities in developing countries with sustainable water solutions, sanitation, and hygiene education (Ken is Past President of Pure Water.)

Here at home, Ken says he and Ruth back United Way’s efficient, integrated means of supporting numerous community programs that address identified community needs. “United Way monitors member agency performance and ensures accountability of the usage of donor funds,” he notes.

United Way and the Greater Nashua community are fortunate to have Ken and Ruth’s longstanding support.


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