City of Chandler, the Chandler Non-Profit Coalition (CNPC) and For Our City are excited to present the 2014 Chandler Volunteer Recognition Awards in honor of the tremendous impact and contributions volunteers bring to our community.
A helper of stranded motorists. A knitter of baby items for newborns. An inspirational leader of Muslim women. A compassionate teenager assisting hospice patients. These are just a few of the individuals honored at the Third Annual Chandler Volunteer Recognition Breakfast.
The City joined with the Chandler Non-Profit Coalition (CNPC) and For Our City Chandler to recognize the contributions of time and talent made each day by dedicated volunteers. Several individuals and a construction company were singled out for special recognition at the Chandler’s Center for the Arts.
Faith-based groups, non-profits, schools, businesses and other groups utilizing volunteers were encouraged to nominate individuals for one of seven awards. In addition, a Mayor’s Choice and People’s Choice award were presented and six individuals were inducted into a 1,000 Hour Volunteer Club for contributing over 1,000 hours of volunteer service in 2014.
Fifty-one nominations were received and honorees had to perform their service primarily in Chandler. Winners were selected for their volunteerism from January-December 2014.
The 2014 Volunteer Recognition Award winners are:
Debbie Caba-Grammer and Niomee Baker, Innovation Award (This volunteer brings especially creative and unique solutions to the job): Caba-Grammer and Baker were recognized for their work on the Ocotillo Friends Facebook page, an information source that bonds the Ocotillo community together by providing an interactive information source for over 4,000 members. The network of engaged residents has helped in big and small ways, from finding lost pets to reducing burglaries.
Evelyn Kathleen Carter, Longevity Award (This volunteer has worked for an organization for many years, providing a commitment and dedication to service that is awe inspiring): As a volunteer for more than 12 years at the Chandler Senior Center, Carter’s passion is Babies in Need, a national organization that provides hand-knitted items to newborn babies. She gets many people involved in her cause and knits herself from morning to night.
Alex Gernert, Makes It Happen Award (This volunteer works for many organizations, with the goal of contributing anywhere and everywhere, in any way they can): Gernert shared his time and talents with six different organizations last year, including the Chandler Police Department where he volunteers as a motorist assistant responding to stranded motorists, accident scenes and assisting patrol officers. As a volunteer consumer mediator for KPNX-TV’s Call 12 for Action , Gernert helped resolve 25 cases and recover nearly $10,000 for Valley residents.
Hanan Ismail, Multitasking Maestro Award (This volunteer is someone who takes on a diverse array of multiple assignments, jobs or objectives at the same time and can juggle them effectively, while accomplishing all of them successfully): A leader in the American Muslim Women’s Association, Hanan has served as the association’s President, Vice President, Secretary and chaired the Outreach Committee. Her work includes helping feed the homeless and visiting refugee families to see to their needs. She also volunteers at a local school and women’s shelter.
Wayne Maupin, Strong Arms Award (This volunteer is not afraid to take on any job no matter how “down-n-dirty” it may be. This nominee may also be called the jack-of-all-trades in an organization): Maupin was nominated by three organizations; the Chandler Public Library, Chandler Senior Center and Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department. He helps distribute books throughout the library, installs smoke alarms in the homes of elderly residents and makes and distributes food boxes to needy seniors.
Manuel Garcia, Sunbeam Award (This volunteer is the most cheerful person in the place! They have the best personality, attitude, and they are always smiling and helpful): Garcia works as a volunteer driver for I-HELP, the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program. He drives individuals to doctor’s appointments, meetings, job interviews and helps with personal errands. Garcia makes clients feel safe and treats them like they’re part of his family.
Isaac Mordukhovich, Youth Award (This category is for youth, 17 and younger. The nominee is dedicated, positive, and hardworking or otherwise stands out from the crowd): Mordukovich is a student at Basis Chandler and participates in the Teen Volunteer Program at Hospice of the Valley, providing companionship to patients, talking with patient's families, and assisting Hospice staff. He also volunteers as a tutor at his school and with the Red Cross Club.
Ines Honne, People’s Choice Award (The recipient of this award was chosen from online votes cast by nearly 7,000 people, combined with votes cast by those in attendance at the awards breakfast): Honne has been a greeter/screener for Chandler’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for nearly 10 years. She greets everyone with a smile and organizes customers to ensure they are served in an orderly fashion and helps with Spanish translation.
McCarthy Building Company, Mayor’s Choice Award (This award is not subject to nomination, but instead is selected by the Chandler Mayor): Chandler’s Fire, Health & Medical Department donated a surplus hazmat trailer to For Our City Chandler to be repurposed into a mobile shower unit with washer and dryer for use by I-HELP. When McCarthy Building Companies learned of the need, they stepped up to tackle the conversion project, outfitting the trailer with three shower stalls, a laundry facility, and portable generator at a cost of approximately $40,000.
About Chandler Non-Profit Coalition
The CNPC is a coalition that improves the performance of Chandler non-profit organizations by promoting social responsibility and community action through awareness building, collaboration and advocacy. Visit www.chandlernonprofits.org.
About For Our City Chandler
For Our City-Chandler is led by Chandler City Councilmember Kevin Hartke and coordinates service needs for the City and various non-profit organizations with the resources made available by churches, employers, business groups, and others in the Chandler area. Visit forourcity.org/Chandler.