Dress for success

Clothing drive helps women achieve economic independence

More than 1,200 donations collected during the recent Women’s Interest Network (a Salt River Project employee interest group) Professional Clothing Drive are helping women dress for success as they enter the workforce.

Over three weeks in August, employees donated gently used or new business clothing, shoes, handbags and necklaces to benefit Dress for Success, which provides professional attire and development tools to help women achieve economic independence.

Bins at various SRP facilities in the Valley were loaded with enough items, valued at $4,350, to fill two SUVs and one sedan to the brim. WIN will continue to collect donations for Dress for Success at the group’s upcoming events in FY18–19.

Thank you to all those involved toward this great cause!

SRP employees support the community in a variety of ways. Check out our volunteers page for more info.

Photo: From left, WIN members Leanne Thomson, Megan Hooks and Marisela Johnson drop off more than 1,200 items at Dress for Success on Aug. 23 with Mark Teetor, Director of Operations for the nonprofit.

Sitting ducks

Employees rescue birds from dangerous heat

Last week’s scorching heat could have proven fatal for some young birds if it wasn’t for the eagle eyes of employees.

At three SRP facilities, record-setting temperatures drove baby birds to jump from their nests, which had become too hot. The birds were too young to fly though and ended up on the ground, unable to escape the sun.

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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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