Animal advocate

SRP employee volunteers time for animal welfare

Nancy Brooks, Senior Energy Diversion Specialist, is a 16-year employee at SRP, and a passionate animal advocate. She volunteers for four animal nonprofits – Most Valuable Pets (MVP), Benji’s Buddies, AZ Happy Tails and Helping Hands for Homeless Hounds – and loves being able to give back to the community. In celebration of Arizona Gives Day April 4, we chatted with three employees, including Brooks, about why they volunteer. 

Q: What drew you to volunteerism and why did you choose these particular nonprofits?

Brooks: Five years ago, I met a wonderful group of women while helping at a spay/neuter event in Guadalupe. Seeing the willingness of Dr. Kit, the veterinarian leading the effort at the time for Most Valuable Pets, to solve the pet overpopulation drew me in and it soon developed into a second full-time job for me. I also work with the other animal nonprofits to be able to support them in broader ways. I find that most people want to do the right thing for their pets. They just need a little help.

Q. What does volunteerism mean to you?

Brooks: I have had a very blessed life and I feel like paying it forward is the right thing to do. My love is animals, so volunteering for animal rescue and the spay/neuter clinic just seems like the best place for me to focus my energy on. I love being able to help people with their pets to provide them with the resources they need to keep their pets happy, healthy and in their care. When that is not possible I help them place animals in other situations. The look on someone’s face when you have provided them resources to keep their animals is what keeps you going.

Q. What does it mean to you that SRP has a strong culture of volunteerism? What kind of an impact does that have on you?

Brooks: Being able to have some flex work hours affords me the time to volunteer. Without that spare time I would not be able to work the clinics and meet the people to help. My work with the mobile has become well-known here at work and people refer people in need of the services on a regular basis, which is rewarding.  The $1,000 grant SRP provides to my various nonprofits is also wonderful.  This year each of the nonprofits I work with received $250 as part of our Dollars for Doers program, to help in their efforts in the community. SRP acknowledges their volunteers and commends their commitment to the community.

Each year, Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour fundraising promotion that supports many Arizona nonprofits, raises millions of dollars that go back into serving the community. SRP is proud to sponsor this cause, which ties closely with our culture of giving back to the communities we serve. Since its inception in 2013, this single day of giving has raised $7.4 million for Arizona nonprofits. Learn more, and see how you can support it at azgives.org.

Q. How do observances like ‘Arizona Gives Day’ help the local community?

Brooks: All the nonprofits I work with depend primarily on fundraising and donations to keep their valuable work in the community going. Without the generosity of the public they would not be able to carry out their mission. Arizona Gives Day brings attention to all of the nonprofits and reminds the public in a positive way that without these nonprofits the needs of the underserved parts of the community would not be met.

Featured photo courtesy of Nancy Brooks, with her holding a pup waiting her turn to get into the animal mobile to get fixed. 

Sonu Munshi

Sonu Munshi

Sonu is a communications strategist at SRP. She mainly handles social media and blogs at work, and two mostly adorable kids at home. She’s a writer at heart, and, naturally, always open to recommendations for the next great coffee shop in town.

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