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SRP helps 4 Valley Nonprofits get Solar Systems

Thanks to the generosity of SRP EarthWise Energy customers, four Valley nonprofits will receive solar electric systems.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley/Thunderbirds Branch in Guadalupe, Child Crisis Center in Mesa, Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in Phoenix and The Phoenix Zoo will each receive a solar system up to 20 kilowatts in size, depending on site conditions.

These nonprofits were chosen by SRP customers who voted to determine the winners. The systems will generate electricity and help the nonprofits save money on their monthly electric bills.

SRP EarthWise Energy is a voluntary program in which more than 5,000 SRP customers participate for as little as $3 per month, with 100 percent of the funds used to provide solar electric systems to Valley nonprofit organizations.  In addition to helping nonprofits save money, the program contributes to the growth of solar energy in the Valley and educates customers on the importance of renewable energy.

“We are grateful to our EarthWise customers who have provided the funds to assist these important and vital non-profit organizations,” said Lori Singleton, SRP director of Emerging Customer Programs for Solar, Sustainability and Telecom. “Thanks to their generosity, these organizations will be able to reduce their electric bill and redirect their limited dollars to the needs of their communities.”

Since 2007, the voluntary contributions paid by EarthWise Energy customers have funded projects for community-based programs including Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Hospice of the Valley, the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, Desert Botanical Garden and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.

For more information, call (602) 236-2922 or email earthwise@srpnet.com. To sign up for the EarthWise Energy program, go to www.srpnet.com/earthwise.

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SRP Selects Six Valley Nonprofits as Finalists to Receive Solar

SRP is inviting its customers to decide which nonprofits, from a list of six finalists, will receive a solar energy system. The 10-kilowatt systems will enable the nonprofits to help offset the cost of electricity and save money on their monthly electric bills. The savings they see will help them direct more funds to the communities they serve.

The six nonprofit finalists are:

  • The Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley/Thunderbirds Branch
  • Child Crisis Center
  • Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Mercy Housing Southwest
  • The Phoenix Zoo
  • VALLEYLIFE

Between now and December 31, SRP customers can vote online at www.srpnet.com/votesolar or at various events in which SRP participates around the Valley. The top vote-getters will be announced in January.

SRP EarthWise Energy is a voluntary program in which more than 5,000 SRP customers participate for as little as $3 per month, with 100 percent of the funds used to provide solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to Valley nonprofit organizations.  In addition to helping nonprofits save money, the program contributes to the growth of solar energy in the Valley and educates customers on the importance of renewable energy.

“We are grateful to our EarthWise customers who provide the funds to assist these important and vital non-profit organizations,” said Lori Singleton, SRP director of Emerging Customer Programs for Solar, Sustainability and Telecom. “Thanks to their generosity, these organizations are able to reduce their electric bill and redirect their limited dollars to the needs of their communities.”

Since 2007, the voluntary fees paid by EarthWise Energy customers have funded projects for community-based programs including Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, Hospice of the Valley, the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, Desert Botanical Garden and Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona.

For more information, call (602) 236-2922 or email earthwise@srpnet.com. To sign up for the EarthWise Energy program, go to www.srpnet.com/earthwise.

Stephen Schwanz

Busy “Angel,” Stephen Schwanz, Impacts Scottsdale Youth

Busy “Angel,” Stephen Schwanz, Finds Time to Impact Scottsdale Youth

It’s a little-known fact, but in 1995, Scottsdale got itself an angel.

Stephen SchwanzIt was that year that DC Ranch’s own Stephen Y. Schwanz finished his term as president of the Executive Council for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, which is now EC70, and turned his sights to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

Eager to impact the more than 16,000 children serviced by the organization, he jumped in with an immediate hole-in-one for the Clubs – literally – developing a celebrity fundraising golf tournament that is today known as the Mark Grace Celebrity Golf Invitational. Over the years, the event has helped to raise more than a million dollars for the Boys & Girls Clubs while exposing the organization’s programs to sports stars from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, San Francisco Giants and many more.

But Schwanz was just getting started.

His next order of business – Vine & Dine, a fundraiser held each year at the Scottsdale Galleria with food and wine samplings. Within a few months, Schwanz re-imagined the event into what is now Uncorked & Unplugged, one of the premiere taste events in the state, offering guests a variety of gourmet foods, three stages of live entertainment, and the opportunity to sample premium wines and spirits as well as domestic and imported beers.

And Schwanz is not done yet.

Today, Schwanz has taken a leadership role as chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s annual giving campaign, “Angels for Kids, Mentors for Life.”

“This campaign provides necessary resources for unique learning experiences while instilling a sense of belonging and impact,” said Schwanz. “The campaign’s theme reflects the strong and valuable mentoring that members receive from our trained staff and dedicated volunteers.”

Due to the generosity of key donors helping to cover the costs of this campaign 100 percent of any donor’s investment in Angels goes directly to the more than 100 Club programs.

Just some of the key programs include:

  • Healthy Habits, which empowers youth to eat right covers the power of choice, calories, vitamins and minerals, the food pyramid and appropriate portion size.
  • MethSMART, which is aimed at the prevention of methamphetamine abuse.
  • Passport to Manhood, which teaches responsibility while reinforcing positive behavior in male Club members ages 11 to 14.
  • SMART Girls, which is a small-group health, fitness, prevention/education and self-esteem enhancement program designed to meet the developmental needs of girls ages 8-12 and 13-17.
  • Money Matters, which teaches financial responsibility and independence among middle and high school Club members by building their basic money management skills.
  • Movie Making, which teaches the movie making production process from screen writing, story board creation, set and costume design to the actual acting, directing, filming, and then editing of the productions.
  • NetSmartz, which is an internet safety program conducted for new members before they use the computers in our technology centers.
  • Torch and Keystone Clubs, which are small group leadership and service clubs for youth ages 11-13 and 14-18, respectively.
  • Leaders In Training, which allows members ages 11-15 to volunteer and learn basic job responsibilities and work habits during our summer months as unpaid staff assistant.
  • Be Great Graduate, which is focused on academic success, on-time grade progression and ultimately high school graduation.

The focus of each program, all made possible with the help of Schwanz and Angels for Kids, is to help kids in Greater Scottsdale develop:

  • Positive self-identities
  • Scholastic, career, social, emotional and cultural competencies
  • Desire to remain involved in their community
  • Health and well-being
  • Moral compass

For more information about how to become a Scottsdale Angel like Schwanz, please visit bgcs.org/get-involved/angels-for-kids.