SRP ‘Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Awards’ Honors Employees for Saving Animals, Expanding the Arts, Teaching Kids to Farm and More
- Chandler resident, Nancy Brooks, Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds Volunteer
- Gilbert resident, Kiley Crosby, Mesquite Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni Boosters Club Volunteer
- Goodyear resident, Brandon Dean, Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council Volunteer
- Phoenix resident, Molly Greene, Ballet Arizona Volunteer
- Gilbert resident, Ileen Snoddy, National History Day Arizona Volunteer
From helping homeless pets to making history come alive for students, five Salt River Project employees earned the 2020 SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Awards for exemplary dedication to their communities.
“This award embodies SRP’s longstanding commitment to our community. Since our founding more than 100 years ago, SRP’s elected board recognizes and values the organization’s unique role in the community and duty to give back,” said SRP President David Rousseau. “Thousands of SRP employee volunteers can be seen doing wonderful things all around the Valley, giving time to local non-profits, coordinating donations and volunteering their skills. Award recipients represent the best of SRP, and we are grateful for their selfless efforts to help those in need and build a stronger community.”
In honor of the five outstanding volunteers, SRP presented checks for $2,500 to their respective non-profit partners. Last year, SRP employees and retirees volunteered more than 53,000 hours to 280 Valley and state nonprofit organizations and donated approximately $97,500 through our Dollars for Doers program.
The 2020 SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Award honorees and the nonprofits they assist are:
Nancy Brooks, Chandler resident
Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds Volunteer
SRP senior specialist of Energy Diversion
When Nancy Brooks first volunteered for Helping Hands for Homeless Pets in 2014, she was overwhelmed by the sheer number of homeless people and pets. Many of the homeless have pets in need of basic veterinary services. Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds works to meet that need. Thankfully, Nancy is an unstoppable force and tireless animal welfare advocate. As a volunteer, she hosted drives to collect blankets, pet and people food and other essential items. Nancy also used her animal welfare connections to secure free spay/neuter procedures and specialty care for pets that have unusual illnesses or injuries and personally transports animals to appointments when needed. She volunteers hundreds of hours every year and says she’s grateful for the opportunity to help so many people and animals.
Kiley Crosby, Gilbert resident
Mesquite Future Farmers of America (FFA) Alumni Boosters Club Volunteer
SRP section supervisor of Transmission Substation Maintenance East
Kiley Crosby feels blessed he grew up in a ranching and farming family where he learned to handle and train animals, properly set up pens and service equipment. For the past five years, he’s been sharing his valuable experience with students through his work at the Mesquite FFA Alumni Boosters Club in Gilbert. Averaging 120 volunteer hours each year, Kiley helps with the organization’s fundraising and recognition events, assists at area animal shows and has served in various positions on the board, including president. Kiley says he’s grateful for the opportunity to help students develop respect for animals, nature, each other and themselves — qualities that will help them succeed as they make their own way in the world.
Brandon Dean, Goodyear resident
Boy Scouts of America, Grand Canyon Council Volunteer
SRP cyber security analyst
When Brandon Dean earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1985, he took an oath to contribute a lifetime of service to the community to repay the generosity that adult volunteers and leaders showed him along the way. That promise has translated to more than 28 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America in three states. He has guided and mentored dozens of youth through the challenges, growth, education and leadership required to progress in scouting. His more than 500 hours of service each year means he has sacrificed countless evenings and weekends to lead Boy Scouts on the adventures that ultimately teach them patriotism, courage, self-reliance and other virtues. Dean says he’s honored to be able to help shape youth into the leaders of tomorrow.
Molly Greene, Phoenix resident
Ballet Arizona Volunteer
SRP senior director of State Government Relations
A lover of the arts, Molly Greene helps bring ballet to the masses through her board service for Ballet Arizona. She volunteers hundreds of hours each year to help raise funds and cultivate community partnerships. Molly has made significant contributions to Ballet Arizona’s efforts to change lives through ballet. She has had a direct impact on programs that bring dance to the community such as Ballet Under the Stars, which brings free performances to 15,000 Valley residents in local parks each year and DanceAZ, which provides the opportunity for students at underserved schools to learn life-changing skills through dance. Because of her efforts, more Arizonans than ever, especially young people, are able to experience and be inspired by a broad range of dance programs, which deliver lasting benefits to families and the community as a whole.
Ileen Snoddy, Gilbert resident
National History Day Arizona Volunteer
SRP Community Outreach representative
For more than two decades Ileen Snoddy with SRP’s Research Archives and Heritage Department, has been a passionate advocate for National History Day Arizona (NHD-AZ). Ileen takes pride in seeing students connect with history, develop critical thinking and presentation skills and cultivate a love of history. She brings history to life as she shows students that history is cool, important and fun. Last year, Ileen spent1,000 hours volunteering her time with the statewide academic program, which engages kids in the discovery of historical, cultural, scientific and social experiences of the past. Over the years, Ileen has served on the organization’s advisory board, assisted with program workshops and judged NHD-AZ’s regional and state competitions. Her contagious enthusiasm for NHD-AZ has inspired others to join the NHD community and support the program by volunteering with the advisory council, at workshops and during competitions.
This year, SRP received 37 nominations for the SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Awards. Nominations come from employees, coworkers and retirees. Nominees must complete an application, provide information about the nonprofit for which they volunteer, tell how long they have volunteered at that nonprofit and enter the average number of volunteer hours. Nominees must describe the role and specific contributions made to the organization; how their volunteerism impacted the nonprofit, the community and the clients served by the organization; how the volunteer became involved with the nonprofit; and how they have personally been affected by the volunteer experience. An external panel reviewed the applications and selected the final SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Award recipients.
To learn more about SRP volunteers, visit www.srpnet.com/volunteers.
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