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Chandler Volunteer Recognition Awards

City of Chandler, the Chandler Non-Profit Coalition (CNPC) and For Our City are excited to present the 2015 Chandler Volunteer Recognition Awards in honor of the tremendous impact and contributions volunteers bring to our community.  

The City of Chandler, Chandler Non-Profit Coalition (CNPC) and For Our City would like to honor the generous contributions of volunteers in the Chandler community.

"We would not be the great community we are without the tremendous contributions made every day by selfless volunteers," Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. "They work to benefit others, not themselves, and shy away from recognition, but deserve our thanks and appreciation.“


2015 People's Choice Award --  Public Voting -- Volunteer Recognition Awards

While the individuals chosen for the 2015 Volunteer Recognition Awards have been selected by a committee, there is one award open for public decision. Listed below are the nominees for the 2015 People's Choice Award.  (Selected for volunteer service from Jan-Dec 2015).

Click on the link listed after the bios to vote!
 
A) Asna Masood, American Muslim Women Association (AMWA)

Asna joined The American Muslim Women's Association two years ago, and made an impact immediately with her much needed contributions in all the back end support. She created a new date base, new and improved forms to collect information, wrote small articles on AMWA Facebook page to help promote AMWA's mission. Asna also started a newsletter called The AMWA Gazette featuring small stories. Early this year, when an opportunity presented itself Asna jumped in to be the Chair of the refugee committee. In alignment with AMWA's mission to empower women, Asna has already helped women set up small home based businesses and promoted them on our Facebook page (story was published titled 'meet Parveen.'
 
B) Barb Downey, Clothes Cabin

Barb Downey’s tireless work has helped Clothes Cabin develop and implement a new computer system for client records. Barb saw the limitations the existing computer program had in terms of data entry and reporting and felt compelled to help. She reached out to her brother in Minnesota who is an expert in software development, and together the two of them were instrumental in developing, editing, testing, and implementing the new program. A new client database was launched two weeks ago with minimal issues and much satisfaction. Barb's role in this is truly inspiring and her hard work will go a long way in helping us serve clients the best we can.
 
C) Barbara "Barb" Willey, CrossRoads Church of the Nazarene

Barb has been coordinating blood drives in Chandler for 3 years now. Blood and organ donation 
are personally significant to Barb, and she conveys her passion to others. From the red frames to her glasses (with a "G" for "Give" on them", to her apparel earned through coordinating so many drives, she is a compelling inspiration! Barb is both a blood and a kidney donor, herself. Barb gave one of her kidneys to save the life of her sister. She is small in stature, but her bubbliness adds at least 3 inches! She radiates cheerfulness, and has the best laugh!

D) Greg Lewis, Si Se Puede Foundation (SSPF)

Greg has been a volunteer for SSPF Robotics program for 9 years.  For the past 9 years, Greg has taught our youth how to research and solve a real-world problem based on the challenge theme; present their research and solutions through written, verbal, and non-verbal communications; and build both autonomous and remotely controlled robots using engineering concepts using the yearly Challenges. He has planted seeds of purpose and ambition in our young engineers' minds and has given them a sense of purpose and ambition. He has them believe that they too can become engineers and have an impact in our communities as well as globally. 

E) Leonel Martinez, Boys & Girls Clubs of The East Valley Compadre Branch-Chandler

Leo is the President of the teen leadership group at the Compadre Branch.  As President, he is tasked with finding opportunities for teens to volunteer. Leo takes initiative in getting teens to fundraise and to provide dinner and lunches once a month to homeless adults through the I-HELP program. He also has worked the Flag Program at Sun Lakes Lions Club where teens helped by placing American Flags at businesses and homes. Leo works on our teen center and CCYSA (Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse), as they partner up to educate the public on teen substance abuse.  He is always willing to help out wherever he can and works hard to help his family as well. 


Vote for the 2015 People's Choice Award
  

Voting closes Friday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m.


 
A recognition breakfast for top volunteers will be in February 2016. Honorees are notified by email.

All volunteers with more than 1,000 hours will get a lapel pin and certificate from the Mayor. Volunteers with more than 100 hours will get a certificate from the Mayor.
 
If you have any questions about the awards or nomination process, please email niki.tapia@chandleraz.gov.


Looking for places to volunteer
 
View a list of current volunteer opportunities through For Our City - Chandler. 

Volunteer programs like For Our City–Chandler have the purpose of helping coordinate service needs of the City of Chandler and non-profit organizations with the service resources of faith-based communities, employers, business groups, and others in the Chandler area. To learn mor