Here it is the holiday season and the year is drawing to a close. As you may have heard, our annual holiday party will be held this month on 12/5 at the VIG Restaurant in Phoenix. Many thanks go out to our sponsors for this event who have made it possible for us to have door prizes, nice raffle prizes, decorations, a photo booth, and a sizeable donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank. In addition, a huge thank you goes out to our own “Events” subcommittee for their efforts to make this a rewarding event. With that said, I hope each of you signs up for this event as it is always a good time and an excellent opportunity for us to celebrate the successes and relationships with your clients, and to connect with your colleagues in a festive, informal setting.
Rob Kidder, P.E. APWA AZ - CHAPTER PRESIDENT
APWA Holiday Party December 5, 2019
Join us at The Vig Uptown on December 5th for the annual APWA Holiday Party! We are looking for both event sponsors and raffle prize donations. Please contact Stew Waller if you are interested in a sponsorship or want to donate to the raffle.
APWA SAB Holiday Mixer December 12, 2019
New Member Spotlight
Name and Title: Ben Easley, P.E., Civil Engineer
Agency: City of Prescott, AZ
With APWA Since: 2019 (just joined)
Describe your job responsibilities: Review of utility plans for new development, Water and Sewer modeling, Design.
What was your favorite project to work on in the last 10 years? Drilling and equipping of several water wells in Norwalk and Artesia, CA.
Where have your travels taken you?: My wife and I have enjoyed traveling to Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico and Hawaii, and we spent our honeymoon in Paris and Amsterdam.
Name one thing not many people know about you: My children think I’m the Easter Bunny and that I color eggs all day.
Joe C. Herrick
Tucson Asphalt Contractors, Inc.
November Joint Luncheon with ASCE
Attendees listening to a discussion on the Tempe Streetcar Project at November's luncheon.
Avondale’s annual Shop With A Cop program is dedicated to creating a wonderful holiday experience for children who have been victims of a crime. The Avondale Police Department is asking for donations from the community to keep this tradition strong.
The Avondale Police Department is accepting donations for the Shop With A Cop program throughout the year. The City is also looking for business partners to assist with providing Christmas themed goody bags and food/beverages for the day of the event.For more information or to donate please call 623.333.7219, or email email@example.com.
The Chandler Fire Department is once again collecting toys during the holiday season to help brighten the holidays for Chandler children who might otherwise go without presents this year. The toy collection point at Chandler Fashion Center is near the valet parking area outside of the food court on the south side of the mall. Toy donations also can be dropped off in the lobby of the Chandler Fire Administration Headquarters, 151 East Boston Street, through December 14th, or at any Chandler fire station. Chandler firefighters and volunteers will help deliver the toys to the Chandler CARE Center, where they will be distributed to families that have been identified through the staff at each Chandler Unified School District elementary school.
December 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th and 20th & 21st from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch – 2757 East Guadalupe Road
The Riparian Preserve comes alive with a holiday glow! Stroll around the candle-lit trail at Water Ranch lake with hundreds of luminaries as well as numerous festive light displays at every turn. This is a rare opportunity for those who appreciate nature to experience the thrill of night time at the preserve. In addition to the lighted trail, we will feature a variety of school choirs, carolers and other live holiday entertainment. There will be light refreshments available for purchase.
Each night of the event Gilbert partners with a local non-profit agency and collects items for that group to distribute to those in need. Please consider bringing a donated item to the event as your way of supporting those in need during the holiday season.
The 7th Annual Hometown Christmas Parade is an opportunity to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas while also supporting a great cause. Event proceeds and donations go to Hope for Hunger Food Bank. The Hometown Christmas Parade supports Operation Santa Claus and will specifically focus on collecting non-perishable food items for Hope for Hunger, a Glendale based food bank. Hope for Hunger appreciates your support, especially around the holidays! Every day, Hope for Hunger Food Bank provides emergency food and more for roughly 130 families in Glendale and parts of Phoenix and Peoria. The food bank is a true beacon of hope to the community — a place where caring volunteers come together as the hands and feet of Jesus — creating healthier, stronger futures and lives transformed.
Another option is volunteering to host a food drive. This can be done between the dates of November 1st and December 14th. To become a Food Drive host, sign up by filing out the form through the following link, https://www.hcparade.org/food-drive.
The Parade taking place on December 14th, 2019 is also taking volunteers to help out with miscellaneous tasks during the event. All volunteers will be on their feet and in the sun for the duration of the shift, please be prepared. Also note that many positions require walking the mile-long parade route. To volunteer you must be 13 years old or older; some positions must be 18 years or older. Volunteer check-in tables will be set up at the Staging and De-staging areas. You will be contacted as the event gets closer to confirm your position and provide additional details on parking, where to go and when to arrive. Follow the following link to fill out the Volunteer Form, https://www.hcparade.org/volunteer. A Volunteer Meeting will take place Wednesday, December 11th at 6:30 p.m. at 5850 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85301.
The Adopt-a-Family Holiday Programs are joint ventures coordinated and facilitated with Scottsdale Community Partners and the City of Scottsdale Human Services Division. This program matches income-eligible families with sponsors who provide food and gifts for the Holidays. The number of eligible families who enroll in this program always exceeds the number of donors. Each year we support over 250 families. We really need the help and support of the community to ensure these individuals and families are serviced through the holidays.
The Holiday Program is more individualized. For families, the program focuses specifically on the children. In most cases, the children of enrolled families would not receive any holiday gifts without the support of our program. Each child in the family is interviewed to find the 3-5 gifts they would like to receive.
Ways to Support the Scottsdale Families in need during the holidays:
Brighten the holiday season for Scottsdale Seniors in need. The program starts accepting donations in October and culminates with the delivering of gift bags during the holidays. Sign up to adopt a senior, and provide support throughout the holiday. The number of recipients has risen every year. We now have over 300 seniors as recipients of the Adopt-a-Senior program.
The Scottsdale Fire Department's Annual Toy Drive to benefit the Paiute Neighborhood Center's Toy Program and other approved agencies begins in November and continues through Christmas Eve. Citizens are encouraged to drop off new, unwrapped toys at one of Scottsdale’s 15 Fire Stations or the Police & Fire Headquarters Building located at 8401 East Indian School Road. Paiute especially needs gifts for teenagers such as gift cards, movie passes and DVD’s. For more information, call 480.312.1817. Individual donations may also be dropped off at the Paiute Program Donation Center located at 6535 East Osborn Road.
Friday, December 6th, 2019 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 7th, 2019 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Surprise Recreation Campus located at 15850 North Bullard Avenue
Canned Food and Toy donations are being accepted from Sanderson Ford Operation Santa upon festival entry. Come enjoy musical performances, a balloon glow (weather permitting), skydivers, tree lighting ceremony, live music, Santa’s workshop, roaming entertainment, and fireworks!
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