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Jan. 27, 2017

Cast your vote online for ‘People’s Choice’ volunteer award

Five outstanding community volunteers nominated as part of Chandler’s annual Volunteer Recognition Awards program are up for a “People’s Choice Award.” The public is invited to vote online at Voting closes at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6.

Now in its seventh year, the City joins with the Chandler Non-Profit Coalition (CNPC) and For Our City Chandler to recognize outstanding volunteers for their time, talents and energy they contributed to the betterment of the Chandler community.

Nominations were accepted through last December in seven categories, with winners to be announced at an awards breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 9. One category, the People’s Choice Award, is the only award where votes from the public will help determine the winner. Other awards are chosen by a panel of judges that includes Chandler Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke.

The Volunteer Recognition awards breakfast will be held from 8-9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Below are the five nominees for the “People’s Choice” Award and highlights from their nomination form:

Heidi Ross, Hamilton High School 
"Heidi is one of the most amazing volunteers staff has ever met. She doesn't wait to be contacted for help. She reaches out all the time, to update others on new city programs, drops off donations/gift cards for the school's families in needs, educates others on new resources and stops everything to help a family in need. There is nothing she can't do."

Laura Moffitt, Chandler Christian Community Center
“Laura volunteered with her group on a Saturday morning about a year ago. She started off in the food bank sorting food. Now Laura submits volunteer hours, files and organizes for I-HELP and assists their development director with various administrative duties. Laura ensures that her volunteer duties around the facility are completed before she leaves and is always eager to start something new.” 

Larry Sebben, Center for the Arts
“Larry Sebben has volunteered at the Center for the Arts for more than seven years and has provided excellent customer service. Larry is always helpful and ready to assist patrons, other volunteers and staff with whatever is needed. He is congenial and very knowledgeable about the Center history and the City of Chandler.  He has a winning personality and is a wonderful face of the Center greeting guests with his happy smile.  He also is always willing to help out with last-minute requests.”

Prateek Pinisetti, ChessHelps; BASIS Chandler - Primary North and South Campus
“Prateek is an exceptional student at BASIS Chandler. Prateek has taken on the challenge of helping to raise money for the Annual Teacher's Fund. He first took on this challenge by tutoring students in the art of playing chess and with the money he earned, he bought trophies and organized a chess tournament. Prateek has raised close to $20,000 for the school’s teacher fund.  He also has recruited other students to join him in volunteering at the primary schools.”
Kay Pratt, Clothes Cabin
“Kay has been volunteering for Clothes Cabin for at least 15 years. She has been with the organization since its inception and continues to bless the organization in her volunteer capacity. Despite being a snowbird, Kay comes back every fall, ready to work. She gives Clothes Cabin many of her hours every month and is extremely reliable.” 

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About Chandler Non-Profit Coalition
The CNPC is a coalition that improves the performance of Chandler non-profit organizations by promoting social responsibility and community action through awareness building, collaboration and advocacy. Visit

About For Our City Chandler
For Our City Chandler is led by Chandler City Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke and coordinates service needs for the City and various non-profit organizations with the resources made available by churches, employers, business groups, and others in the Chandler area. Visit