Classroom treasures

SRP volunteers sew pencil cases for underprivileged students

When 1,000 students across the Valley return to school this fall, a unique take on a back-to-school basic will be there to help them get started.

Hand-sewn pencil cases — with designs ranging from butterflies and pirates to ballerinas and dinosaurs — were made by about 40 SRP employees and retirees, along with their family and friends, who are part of a quilting club called the Kilowatt Kwilters.

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Guiding dreams

Employee helps teen gain bright future 

SRP employee Angelina Bravo remembers meeting 16-year-old Adriana Hernandez a couple of years ago, a high school student struggling at school, self-admittedly “surrounded by a lot of bad influences.”

Hernandez felt lost. As the only girl with two brothers, she had grown up feeling lonely. She didn’t see much of her mom, who worked long hours as the family’s main provider. And Hernandez, born and raised in Phoenix, wasn’t fluent in English and had to try extra hard in school.

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Giving (and getting) back

Life lessons learned for mom and son as volunteers

SRP employee Joy Rivera volunteers and donates money to two Arizona nonprofits – Autism Speaks and Families Giving Back. In celebration of Arizona Gives Day on April 4, we chatted with Rivera about why she volunteers, and why she makes sure to take her 9-year-old son along. This is the third in a three-part series of stories about how SRP employees give back to the community. You can also read about the volunteer efforts of employees Freddie Dobbins Jr., who supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, and Nancy Brooks, a passionate animal welfare advocate who supports four nonprofits.

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Committed to kids

Employee gives hope to at-risk children

In celebration of Arizona Gives Day, this year on April 4, we spoke with three SRP employees who support the community through volunteerism. Freddie Dobbins Jr. is profiled below. Also look out for stories about employees Joy Rivera and Nancy Brooks on why they volunteer.

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