City of Chandler, the Chandler Non-Profit Coalition (CNPC) and For Our City are excited to present the annual 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. "Chandler’s ongoing success has been built upon a foundation of the selfless contributions made every day by these volunteers," Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said. "Their compassionate efforts are solely to benefit others. They truly deserve our thanks and appreciation.”
Faith-based groups, non-profits, schools, businesses and any other group with volunteers are encouraged to nominate individuals for one of eight Chandler Volunteer Recognition Awards. Also, all volunteers with over 1,000 hours will get a lapel pin and certificate from the Mayor. Volunteers with over 100 hours will get a certificate from the Mayor.
Each year for the Volunteer Recognition Awards, one individual is truly crowned a community award winner. Online votes and votes cast by those in attendance at the invite only awards breakfast pick the award winner. Cast your votes for this year's winner below. Votes are accepted through Wednesday, February 7 at 5 p.m.
People's Choice Award Nominees are:
A. Carolyn Arnpriester, Enviornmental Education Center
Carolyn Arnpriester has been volunteering at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) since 2013, and in this short time she has become one of the most reliable and consistent leaders that staff can always count on. This year alone, Carolyn has volunteered for over 50 hours. Carolyn always arrives to each assignment with a welcoming smile and a helpful and courteous attitude and you can see she enjoys all the interactions she has with everyone, from children to adults. Her background as a teacher helped refine Carolyn's skillset, making her the perfect candidate to help run the Environmental Explorations field trip opportunities for schools and groups that allow students to explore the adventures of learning science, social studies, and other subjects through inquiry-based activities, investigations, and technology on site. We appreciate Carolyn's selfless service, and hope she continues to fill the EEC with her enthusiasm and knowledge for many years to come.
B. Helen Gonzales, About Care
Ms. Gonzales is an energetic volunteer who has consistent 5 ladies that she helps every week with getting to their medical appointments, helping them with getting food and other activities. She has taken these ladies on emergency matters to the hospital and even waited all night to make sure that they are ok and take them back home. The hours that she puts in a week are more than some individuals work!
She helps us with our Spanish speaking clients as well as brainstorming with the staff to provide better services overall. She is the first to volunteer for a difficult situation or a last minute request. She makes sure that her 'ladies' let the About Care Staff know when and where they are going with her. Ms. Gonzales is such a value to the Chandler community and the 'ladies' she helps. We are grateful that she is such a valued part of the About Care and Chandler community!
C. Monica Martorano, Chandler Public Library
Monica began volunteering in 2016, right as the Friends of the Library were launching their new online bookstore. As with most new endeavors things were hectic; processes needed to be identified and best practices put into place. Bringing in her calm intellect and thoughtful approach to problem solving, most likely honed from her years as an air traffic controller, Monica was instrumental in the creation of a streamlined assessment of each and every book donated - hundreds per week. This 'quick scan' became the key that allowed the online store to grow and progress, bringing in an additional $10,000 in the first year, all going to support library program and services. First and foremost, Monica is kind. And funny. And one of those people that everyone would be lucky to have in their lives. Yes, she is problem solver, an innovator, and it comes from her heart, knowing that the better job we do, the more people we can serve.
D. Fernando Zavala, Si Se Puede
For the past 3 years Fernando has volunteered for our agency. Each year he mentors/coaches elementary and junior high school robotics teams for SSPF. Our program is a year round, which includes summer. We estimate Fernando has provided SSPF with more than 3, 500 hours of community service. He teaches kids how successfully fabricate land, air and underwater robots. In 2017, Fernando coached a high school robotics team that qualified in their regional and earned a birth to the state championships. During the summer of 2017, he facilitated a summer STEM program for CUSD's Destination College and helped teach Chandler and Phoenix Educators how to build a lego robot as well as an underwater robot so that they can return to their schools and sustain their STEM programs at their respective schools. Fernando is a junior at Chandler HS and is one of those rare young men who often places the community first. He has been a great asset to SSPF and most importantly to the community and to Chandler Unified School District Students. Because of volunteerism underserved children can now consider careers in the STEM Field.
Submit your votes for the Chandler People's Choice Award Winner HERE!!
Voting for People's Choice Award ends Wednesday, February 7 at 5 p.m.
A recognition breakfast for top volunteers will be in February 2018. Honorees will be notified early January 2018 and email invites will be sent out the first week in January 2018.
Last year's volunteers were chosen for service from Jan-Dec 2016. Read the winner bios.
If you have any questions about the awards, please email