Spring 2013    
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Congrats Corina!


Corina Sadler, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, received her Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA).  Corina's CVA is a valuable educational undertaking and a year-long learning process that supports her work here at the City of Plano.

Administrative Volunteers Needed Monday-Friday
Volunteers offer their skills and clerical expertise to assist City departments with administrative work like filing, scanning documents, data entry and special projects. Volunteers are scheduled 2 days per week.
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College Internships
VIP works with a variety of universities and students to find meaningful and worthwhile volunteer opportunities for summer placements. College students are encouraged to contact us with their resume and major of study to learn what departments may be available.
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Recognizing Community Support
Special Thanks to the Following Companies for Their Recent Donations:
Corner Bakery
Central Market
Allen Americans
BJ's Restaurant
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bob's Steak & Chop House
Cinemark Legacy
Cheesecake Factory
Home Depot
Frisco RoughRiders
Half Shells
Home Depot
On the Border
Paesano's Ristorante
Pecan Hollow Golf Course
Pet Supplies Plus
Plano Pets
Plano Symphony
Southfork Ranch
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Dear VIP's, City of Plano Staff and Partners

Volunteerism is the spirit of giving

in the truest form.


In my job and volunteer work I have the opportunity to meet lots of people.  As we discuss their interests, I can hear their motivation which can get pretty complicated sometimes. Very rarely (if at all) will someone make a choice with a singular motivation. Usually there are multiple motivators. So I was intrigued when I came across Daniel H. Pink's book  "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us",  where he reveals the three elements of true motivation: 

  • Autonomy-the desire to direct one's own life,
  • Mastery-the urge to get better at something that matters, and
  • Purpose-the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. 

He explains, "Greatness and nearsightedness are incompatible. Meaningful achievement depends on lifting one's sights and pushing toward the horizon." As you read through the articles below, see if you can identify a few motivators for each of our outstanding volunteers.

Robin Popik
Passion Turns Father and Son into Tutors

 Dr Sai Subramanian and his son Sidarth, an 8th grader, embody the spirit of volunteerism. They selflessly give and support their community, with energetic, big hearts. "Children deserve a chance t o succeed," said Sai. Both come once a week to help children with math. "The atmosphere is bright and encouraging, and the interest in learning is infectious," Sai explains.


Sai's motivation to volunteer with the program was to help children succeed and to be an example to his son of someone who serves and helps others. He wanted to find a volunteer opportunity that he and his son could do together long term. It turned out to be so much more. "There are immediate rewards when you volunteer, like seeing the children's excitement when they can get what is being taught and the joy in the parent's eyes when their child is making progress in math." After a long day, Sai is recharged when he arrives at the Harrington  Library and interacts with the children. He loves helping them succeed. "It is great to watch Sidarth enjoy teaching math to others," said Sai.


Learn more about helping children succeed...

Dedicated to Healthy Animals, Happy Homes

Since April 2009 Melanie Bilicki has been an active volunteer leader at Plano Animal Services. She has participated in various training opportunities to learn and enhance her dog handling skills. As a result, Melanie has made a huge impact on the shelter's dogs. She has been a dependable resource for staff, always arriving at the crack of dawn ready to lead happy walkers and adventurous animals. Since then, Melanie has donated 1,125 hours.

Melanie began as a dog exerciser, but quickly added more to her plate with monitoring the Dog Group Play sessions. Through this program, she improved the day-to-day lives of numerous shelter dogs by providing opportunities for interaction and play-time, which we all know is crucial to raising healthy animals.  This also allowed Melanie to learn a lot about the dogs. She has passed that knowledge on to shelter staff members and volunteers who are now better equipped to prepare potential adopters. 


Learn more about healthy animals in happy homes...

Plano Serenaders Giving Back through Song

 Debra Saxon, writer for Celebration Magazine  



Broadway Music, Show Tunes and Christmas Carols are just some of the types of songs you will hear when the Plano Serenaders perform! The Plano Serenaders are a musical group based out of the Plano Senior Recreation  Center whose volunteer work is appreciated by many assisted living communities and skilled nursing centers in the Plano area.
The Plano Serenaders started in 2001 when the original Serenaders, a men's group, disbanded. Betty Westbrook and Mina Daffinee worked hard to bring them back, but this time for both men and women to enjoy.


Find out when you can listen... 

Investing in a Safe Place to Live

Waleed Amos has always felt passionate about investing in his community. Even as a young child growing up, Waleed decided he wanted to give back to his community by becoming a firefighter in Plano"I felt I wanted to stay here, that I had a responsibility to help those that are less fortunate and to contribute to the common good," said Waleed.


He gives back in the form of an internship he secured with his hometown's Emergency Management Department, a dream come true for Waleed. His main project was to update a hazard mitigation action plan, while taking into consideration the City's growth, changing demographics and updated census information. He reviewed flood maps and used them to identify crucial infrastructures such as hospitals, schools and various city facilities that could be impacted with high level waters.


One particular mission was to look at the routes of fire trucks and ambulances and how they would be affected if unable to get to those in need of assistance. They then had to find alternate routes or other potential solutions.


Read more about creating a safe place to live...

City of Plano
Volunteer Resources Group
Robin Popik, Volunteer Resources Supervisor
Corina Sadler, CVA Volunteer Resources Coordinator
Jamie Young, Volunteer Communications Liaison

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