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GPE Philanthropy Provides Critical Supplies to Valley Nonprofits

Twenty-thirteen marked GPE Companies’ 40th anniversary, and to celebrate, the company mounted a yearlong campaign of giving, called 40 for 40. The effort resulted in a cornucopia of critical supplies delivered to multiple Valley charities.

“The community has supported us wholeheartedly throughout GPE Companies’ 40 years, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to give back,” said company President David M. Genovese. “With so many deserving charities in the Valley, selecting ones to support was difficult.”

Each month, employees set a goal of collecting 40 items particular to the chosen organization. They exceeded the goal every time.

For St. Mary’s Food Bank, an array of food items will satisfy the hunger of needy families. AnySoldier.com received boxes of everyday essentials to send to troops in Afghanistan. The rescue pets waiting for adoption at HALO and Friends for Life now have refreshed supplies.

Children participating in Salvation Army’s Kinder Ready program will have new backpacks to carry their books. Mentally and physically disabled residents of Ozanam Manor, a temporary home, received 40 cases of bottled water. Central Arizona Shelter Services received blankets to keep residents warm. Children with an incarcerated parent touched by Angel Tree, a Christian-based program that spreads religion to inmates and their families, received new toys.

“GPE values being a part of and contributing to the community in which we live and work,” said Genovese. “We hope in small way the donated items will make a difference.”

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Experience Matters’ Inaugural Encore Fellowship Class Graduates

Experience Matters, an organization that connects baby boomers with nonprofit and social service organizations to improve the quality of life in Maricopa County, announces the graduation of the inaugural encore fellowship class.  The first class of encore fellows has completed their yearlong fellowship with their host nonprofit organizations. Encore fellowships represent a new life-stage in which experienced boomers find meaningful ways to engage in the community and bring skilled and professional resources to these organizations that are often under-resourced.  Nationwide, 31 million boomers indicate an interest in encore opportunities.  In Maricopa County there is significant demand on behalf of both boomers and nonprofit organizations for fellowship and hosting opportunities, respectively.

“My work this past year as an Experience Matters’ encore fellow hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits could not have been more rewarding.  I learned more about the needs of nonprofit organizations and how they operate than I thought possible in just one year. It was quite rewarding to see how my 25 years of experience in the corporate world added value to a nonprofit organization.  I have a new-found respect for the Arizona nonprofit community and am committed to staying involved as I graduate from the Encore Fellowship Program,” stated Warren Mills, former valley technology executive.

“It is with great pride that we celebrate the graduation of our inaugural encore fellowship class at Experience Matters.  These fellows and organizations proved the value of matching boomers with nonprofit organizations.  What we have learned from the inaugural class indicates we can significantly increase the number of boomers engaged in paid and unpaid social service opportunities to support our nonprofit community as they work so hard to improve the quality of life in Maricopa County.  The demand is strong to connect the talent with the community, ” stated Nora Hannah, CEO of Experience Matters.

The inaugural class included the following fellows and their host organizations:

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Encore Fellow Mr. Warren Mills
Altered Tails, Encore Fellow Mr. Gregg Cebulski
Arizona Foundation for Women, Encore Fellow Ms. Debbie Hall
Arizona Science Center, Encore Fellow Mr. Kris Guffey
Balsz Elementary School District, Encore Fellow Ms. Anne White
Halle Family Foundation, Encore Fellow Ms. Denise Schubert
HALO, Encore Fellow Mr. Bill Thomson
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control, Encore Fellow Ms. Isabel LeRoy
Mission of Mercy, Encore Fellow Ms. Dianne Aguilar
PetSmart Charities, Encore Fellow Ms. Linda Hannen
St. Mary’s Food Bank, Encore Fellow Ms. Christine McRight
Tempe Community Action, Encore Fellow Mr. Jeff Abraham
Valley of the Sun United Way, Encore Fellow Mr. Bob Ryan