VIP Connection
A Note from VIP Supervisor, Corina Sadler ...
A Thankful Year
Did you know we have ten volunteers at or near their 20-year anniversary of volunteer service for the City of Plano? These milestones cause me to reflect on this year of service at Volunteers in Plano. I’m inspired when I see a dedicated volunteer hard at work, proud when someone new joins in, and so thankful for the staff that encourages their service. 

On November 9, I joined Plano Library staff in celebrating Anna Friesen for her 20 years of volunteering for Haggard Library. It’s a tremendous accomplishment. Her dedication has impacted countless visitors and staff -- and will continue to do so for years to come. 

Thank you, staff and volunteers, for your support this year. This newsletter is not big enough to record all the lives that are improved by your service – no letter could be. I hope that your heart is warmed by the selfless service listed here. I know mine is.
Get Involved
Volunteer with us! Volunteering improves the lives of Plano residents, while providing fulfillment and interaction for volunteers. Current volunteer needs are continually updated at VIP online.
Live Green in Plano
Turn your passion into purpose and join the Live Green in Plano team! Opportunities include garden workdays, special event assistance, community outreach and more.  Sign up today.

Genealogy Volunteers
Haggard Library has internships available for college students interested in history or archives. Apply today.

Math Tutors at Harrington Library
Community volunteers are needed to serve Tuesday nights from 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at Harrington Library for their math tutoring program. Tutors work closely with students grades K-8 on math homework.  Sign up online

Join Friends of the Library
Friends of the Library seeks new board members. Support our amazing library system and get involved.

Senior Center Kitchen Volunteers
Did you know the Plano Senior Recreation Center is home to the Gazebo Café? They serve delicious low-cost meals Monday-Friday. Currently, the kitchen can use more volunteers. If you love preparing food and have a friendly face , they can use your help on Tuesdays or Thursdays each week. Apply today.

Special Events
Interested in volunteering for one-time events in Plano? Email volunteersinplano@plano.gov to be added to the Special Event List to hear about Downtown Plano, City of Plano and Visit Plano events.

More opportunities
For more volunteer options, visit our website.
In the Community
Planting in Plano
Alliance Data employees, the Texas Trees Foundation and The City of Plano Parks Department spent a beautiful morning planting 25 trees in Bob Woodruff Park. Thank you to Alliance Data for their generous donation, which purchased the necessary supplies, and to everyone who participated with the tremendous donation of time and effort. Check out their amazing work and learn more about the project in this video.  
Bank of America Contributes
to Davis and Diwali
Davis Library's popular Diwali family program was given an extra boost by Bank of America employees who volunteered their time to benefit the event. We are thankful for their service to the community.
VIP Coat Drive Brings in Big Donations
City of Plano staff and Girl Scout Brownie Troop 7920 donated 133 coats and 90 blankets and winter items to benefit The Storehouse of Collin County.
"On behalf of all the families who will be receiving these coats and blankets over the winter months - thank you City of Plano Staff for your generosity! Individuals like you make the Joseph's Coat mission to provide clothing to our community possible!"

-- The Storehouse of Collin County
Book Menders Receive CBS 11 Spotlight
Every week five volunteers from Haggard Library diligently repair books to go back into circulation. This great group of women save 3,000 books a year from going to the landfill. Thank you Charlene Babb, Anna Friesen, Doris Heimann, Marylynne Hill and Maria Landeros for your dedication to the Book Mending program. Watch the story.
Thank you, Jeanne Jones
If you have been to the Plano Senior Recreation Center, you have probably been greeted by the friendly smile of Jeanne Jones. She has been volunteering for the City of Plano for about 23 years. She greets guests, answers phones, gives tours and helps patrons become engaged in the various activities available to them. Previously, Jeanne served on the Senior Council and helped establish the library at the current facility. 

She is inspired to continue volunteering after 23 years because she loves the people she is surrounded with and enjoys being a part of a team that creates something special for people.

Jeanne often feels volunteering is more for her benefit than anyone else’s. It gives her something to do with people of her own age and interest.

“Jeanne’s willingness, professionalism and competence are outstanding!" said Sara Deats, Recreation Coordinator. "She loves keeping busy, making calls, covering the desk when we’re short-handed, bunching newsletters, making changes by hand to materials needing updating, and more. She is a dream front-desk 'up front' volunteer and we’re extremely blessed to have her!"

Thank you to Jeanne for her many years of service. We are grateful for her dedication to volunteering and the City of Plano.
Capital One Improves Trail
Thank you, Capital One employees, for volunteering your time to help complete the final phase of the Nature Explore Trail. This team of volunteers installed landscaping and the trail’s mascot Herbie, and picked up litter. Come by the Environmental Education Center to see the results of their hard work.
Toyota Celebrates National Public Lands Day in Plano

Thank you, Toyota, for sending hundreds of volunteers to complete projects at the Plano Community Garden, Heritage Farmstead Museum and Oak Point Nature Preserve. Look for more about this amazing partnership in our upcoming annual report. 
'Love Where You Live' Beautifies Plano Neighborhood
On Sept 16, Plano hosted our 15th Love Where You Live Service Day. Working once again in the Village Creek neighborhood -- the very first Love Where You Live neighborhood -- approximately 370 volunteers from various faith based groups, schools, colleges,
non-profits and businesses put in more than 1,400 hours to beautify the neighborhood. Almost 12 tons of landscape debris and five-and-a-half tons of trash were collected, and volunteers worked to help residents with repairs on 20 homes. Well done!
Awards
Senior Center Looks Back with a Celebration of Service
On September 29, Plano Senior Recreation Center volunteers enjoyed a lively recognition luncheon with music, awards and even an appearance from Marilyn Monroe! Volunteers serve in a variety of roles at the Senior Center that enrich the lives of patrons on a daily basis. Raney Karev and fellow presenters spoke of the commitment and value volunteers contribute. Awards were given to volunteers that have gone above and beyond this past year including Ted and Wendy Bathurst. Sarah Binion, Ed and Sandy Davis, Norma Brower, Lynn Clampette, Greg Simpson, Shawn Slingerland. Special thanks goes to Mariana Kerr and fellow Cambria Suites volunteers for their time and talents at this special event. 

Clockwise from top left: Diane Hultquist, Pam Hatcher, Audrey Quinn, and Nancy Witkowski
Plano Stages Gives Thanks
On September 26, Plano Stages staff and volunteers gathered for the first annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Volunteers enjoyed a buffet dinner and homemade desserts by Plano Stages’ own, Andrew Smith. As a token of appreciation for the dedication of our volunteers, attendees received Plano Stages polo shirts and tote bags. Volunteers Karen Aiken, Sally Phillip, Laura Munton and Grace Park received custom name badges as thanks for their
long-term commitment to the program and service. Thank you to all our volunteers for their service.
2017 Environmental Community Award Winners
Congratulations to these VIPs who have been recognized for going above and beyond to help lead environmental sustainability in their community.
Winners of the Community Outreach Individual Award, Jim Strauss and Rebecca Archuleta created the “Recycle Rainbow,” an interactive mural made from plastic bottle caps that was exhibited at the City of Plano’s Great American Cleanup event. The fun, engaging project was used as an educational tool to remind participants to recycle and keep our waterways clean.
Winners of the Community Outreach Individual Award, Daniel and Alexander Atiyeh designed, constructed, and donated a produce-washing table to the Plano Community Garden. The table was built to replace the ailing, existing table and includes a collection system that conserves water. The water used for rinsing the vegetables is collected and then reused to water the plants in the garden.
Plano Volunteer Day Feeds Thousands
Mayor LaRosiliere's fourth annual Plano Volunteer Day prepared 31,647 nutritious meals for hungry North Texans, and 188 volunteers served throughout the day. Thank you to all who volunteered their time or donated food, and to the staff of the North Texas Food Bank. 
Christmas Cops Help Families in Need
The Plano Police Association is collecting food, toys and coats for local families in need during the holiday. Items needed for Christmas Cops include: 

• Diapers, powdered formula, blankets & infant toys
• New coats/jackets (all sizes)
• Batteries (all sizes)
• Teenage boy/girl items
• Educational toys & games
• Educational books & videos
• Bicycles & tricycles
• CD or MP3 players
• Portable game systems & games
• Non-perishable food
• Gift Cards: books, movie theaters, videos, clothing, iTunes, music CDs, movie rentals & video games

Christmas Cops collection boxes, located around the community, will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 8.