the VIP Insider
City of Plano Volunteer Resources Group Quarterly Newsletter

                                Winter 2012
Recognition Issue
New VIP Handbook
An Unsung Hero Award
Going Green
New Segway Program
New Volunteer Liaison


Quick Links


Volunteers in Plano


City of Plano


2011 VIP Annual Report


2012 VIP Volunteer Handbook



Citizens Fire Academy Recruitment

The Plano Fire Department is accepting applications for the spring 2012 Citizens Fire Academy.







VIP Coordinator, Corina Sadler, welcomed her first child in June.

At 9.1 lbs and 21" long Abram was born healthy and happy.


Congratulations to Corina and her husband Don.






Please review the newly updated 2012 VIP Volunteer Handbook. There have been several changes and additions addressed in this handbook. 


Below is a list of the top 5 areas that volunteers should review:

  1. Volunteer Rights
  2. Volunteer Benefits 
  3. Workplace Security
  4. Conflict of Interest
  5. Use of Technology

As a VIP, you represent the City of Plano, and we appreciate all you do. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Robin Popik at 972-941-7114.



Upcoming Volunteer Recognition Events:


February 7 -
Citizens Assisting Plano Police Meeting and Recognition


March 20 -
Plano Fire Rescue Associates Meeting and Recognition


March 31 -
**Animal Shelter Luncheon  


April 13 -
Senior Center Luncheon


April 19 -
**Support Services/Park Steward/Police Admin Luncheon


April 23 -
City Council Volunteer Recognition & Supervisor of the Year Award


April 24 -
**Plano Public Library Luncheon


May 31 - **Sustainability & Environmental Services Recognition

**Invitation only

Greetings from the Volunteer Resources Group



To our colleagues, partners, and friends,


Volunteerism in City - led initiatives has grown from
approximately 100 volunteers donating 3,372  hours and
a monetary value of $27,290 in 1983 to 6,000 volunteers donating 91,709 hours and a monetary value of $1.7 million in 2011. The equivalent of 44 eight-hour days worked by City volunteers.  


As we celebrate the year that just ended, we look ahead with hope for a year of health, happiness, and success, we applaud you!!! We recognize that you have choices and we hope one of those choices will be to continue to volunteer and make a difference here at the City of Plano. 



Robin Popik

Volunteer Resources Supervisor




Unsung Hero Receives Award  


"America's quiet warriors are the legion of ham radio operators, who are always ready for backup duty in emergencies..."
- Paul Harvey, Radio Personality


Ham radio operators are the unsung heroes during times of chaos and uncertainty. They are unpaid and often uncelebrated, but are the voice of calm and reason when the world can be at its scariest. Founded in 1952, the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is a public service provided by a reserve (volunteer) communications group within government agencies in times of extraordinary need.


Fred Varian is one of those unsung heroes who...READ MORE.

You're Never Too Young or Old To Go Green 


Volunteers in our Sustainability & Environmental Services Department range in age from 7 to 70.  Even though they don't have age in common, they do have a passion for making an impact on the environment...READ MORE.



Can You Imagine Yourself On A Segway?


Segway Patrol has been called "the greatest community policing tool ever" by being the ultimate icebreaker for positive interactions and intelligence-led policing. So it was not surprising when the Plano Police Department suggested volunteers use their Segways to help patrol the parks, downtown, and events...READ MORE.



Gina Bruton 

Welcoming Gina Bruton, New Volunteer Liaison


Volunteering has always been an important aspect in my life and continues to be something I share with my husband and family. I have 18 years of volunteer leadership through both my professional and personal life. So I am excited to be a part of the City of Plano and I am thrilled to be the newest member of the Volunteer in Plano staff! ...READ MORE.


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Volunteer Resources Group

Robin Popik, Volunteer Resources Supervisor

Corina Sadler, Volunteer Resources Coordinator

Gina Bruton, Volunteer Resources Liaison