Giving back is a way of life

Meet Freddie Dobbins Jr., winner of SRP’s Karl F. Abel Volunteer Recognition Award

This is the first installation in a series of posts about the winners of SRP’s 2019 Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Awards.

SRP department: Generation Engineering

Where he volunteers: Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Gregory’s Fresh Market, SRP’s African American Cultural Committee Employee Interest Group (EIG) and more

Named for a former SRP president, the Abel Award recognizes employees who are as committed — and as selfless — as Abel was to giving back to the community.

Image of SRP employee and community volunteer Freddie Dobbins Jr. who was recently honored with the Presidents' Volunteer Spirit Karl F. Abel Award.
SRP employee and community volunteer Freddie Dobbins Jr. was recently honored with the Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Karl F. Abel Award.

Before the term “servant leadership” was created, Abel exemplified it in his volunteer work with many civic and community organizations, such as the Salvation Army, John C. Lincoln Hospital and the Maricopa County YWCA. Abel felt a responsibility to give back, and he sought to make a difference in the world by working for the well-being of people and the community.

Just like Abel, giving back to the community is simply a way of life for Dobbins. In this spirit, he has dedicated the past 27 years to supporting the mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley (BGCEV).

Dobbins is passionate about enabling young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring citizens for whom success is within reach. When he’s not busy giving back to BGCEV, he’s volunteering at Gregory’s Fresh Market to help provide produce to the elderly and veterans, as well as participating in the African American Cultural Committee, an SRP Employee Interest Group.

Because of his wide range of volunteer efforts, Dobbins is the recipient of this year’s Karl F. Abel Volunteer Recognition Award. Watch him in action.

About SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Award

The SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Awards recognize employees and retirees who are leaders in volunteerism and who serve as outstanding examples of the power of caring. These awards represent SRP’s rich heritage as well as the enduring support of our elected leadership for the volunteer efforts of our employees.

One of the truly remarkable aspects of the SRP employee family is the unwavering commitment to volunteerism that spans the entire organization. Employees from all areas of SRP help build stronger communities through their personal commitment to volunteering. This volunteer spirit provides vital services in the community and helps define SRP in the eyes of those we serve.

About SRP’s African American Cultural Committee (AACC) EIG

AACC’s objective is to increase awareness about SRP’s African American Community within SRP by educating all employees about African American culture, African American history and African American contributions to society. The AACC also provides outreach in support of local non-profit organizations.

SRP employee interest groups (EIG) are self-organized, voluntary groups of at least 10 employees that self-identify with the same single diversity dimension or like-interest.

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Julie is a communications consultant on SRP's Community, Communications and Marketing team. An Arizona native, she lives on an irrigated lot in Phoenix with her husband, two daughters and dachshunds. When she’s not working, you can find her whipping up something good to eat in the kitchen, harvesting vegetables in the garden or practicing taekwondo in the do jang.

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