Narrating history

Tovrea Castle

SRP employee leads Tovrea Castle tours

If you’ve driven on the Loop 202 near East Van Buren, you’ve likely seen this four-story, wedding cake-like structure beautifully lit up at night in the desert landscape.

And if you ever visit, you might just get a guided tour by an SRP employee.

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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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A league of their own

Employee helps children with disabilities enjoy baseball on their terms

“Bend those knees, Ethan.”

“Great swing, Katrina!”

“Go, go, go! Next batter up is Chloeeeeee.”

SRP employee Seth Burnett moved around the ballfield at Anthem Community Park in north Phoenix on a recent Saturday morning, guiding the players, showing them how to swing the bat and egging them on to do their best, all with a big smile.

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Green thumbs give back

SRP volunteers dig in to combat hunger

Some days, watermelon, cucumber and sweet potatoes are on the menu. On others, squash, corn and broccoli form part of a meal. Thanks to St. Vincent de Paul’s Urban Farm, the Valley’s homeless community and others in need get nutritious, fresh food in St. Vincent’s dining rooms, grown in urban gardens on the grounds of two of the nonprofit’s campuses.

More than 20 SRP volunteers spent much of a recent Saturday spreading mulch and pulling weeds to help prepare the plots that grow some of the produce. It was the first time our volunteers went there as a group, but they plan to revisit in the coming months to help plant and harvest crops.

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