The city of Mesa is fortunate to have thousands of volunteers who donate thousands of hours of service. Mesa recognized its volunteers at the April 6 city council meeting as part of National Volunteer Week April 12-18. Three volunteers were presented certificates by Mayor John Giles for their significant contributions of time to the City:
•Tanya Dobler began volunteering in 2009 for the Mesa Fire and Medical Department by joining the Community Emergency Response Team helping at events and disasters. She now participates in four volunteer programs. In addition to CERT, Ms. Dobler volunteers with the Home Safety Inspection Team, Community Response Team and Social Service Teams.
•Dan Puffer, a retired mechanical engineer, has freely given of his time and talents for the past three and a half years at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. He creates and builds interactive displays for the museum’s permanent galleries and new exhibits. One example is the “Terminator Pterosaur” that sits on top of a volcano. Thanks to a motion detector, it opens its wings when a visitor enters the room.
•Walter Fisher has donated more than 1,000 hours in the past year volunteering for the Mesa Police Department’s Superstition Division as a patrol support officer. Mr. Fisher is passionate about his work and assists with traffic enforcement, accident scenes and handicap parking enforcement.
Volunteers serve in a variety of roles for the city of Mesa. Those roles include officiating at youth sports, ushering at the Mesa Arts Center, helping library customers access the computer catalog and volunteering at large events such as the Republic Services Arizona Celebration of Freedom and Make a Difference Day. In 2014, volunteers donated 213,404 hours of service to the City providing a value of more than $4.8 million.
While Mesa has a variety of talented, hard-working volunteers, there are always opportunities for residents to become involved. The city has an online system to search for volunteer opportunities based on area of interest, length of time commitment and more. Access it at www.mesaaz.gov/volunteer.
The theme for National Volunteer Week was Celebrate Service. National Volunteer Week was established in 1974.
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