June is Pride Month and we’re celebrating by sharing a story about SRP employee Lora Dal Bo.
For Lora Dal Bo, Pride takes many forms. The SRP Senior Administrative Assistant explained that for her, staying active in her community is a key element.
“I get involved because I care and want to impact the community for the better,” said Dal Bo. “I am proud that I have been a part of making a difference by giving my time.”
A lifetime commitment to community involvement
Dal Bo’s long history of volunteerism has spanned decades, interests and even jobs.
Like many others, she began her career with SRP in 2003 as a Customer Contact Center representative. Shortly after, she volunteered for the Fiesta Bowl, a role in which she has served ever since.
“I like to stay busy,” she explained of the nearly 20-year commitment.
After leaving SRP to pursue a different role, Dal Bo volunteered with two local LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer, intersex and asexual) nonprofits. She began volunteering for Phoenix Pride in 2008, becoming a board director in 2009, and also spent time volunteering with one•n•ten . SRP supports both organizations through its community partnerships.
A personal connection to the cause for Lora Dal Bo
The causes were near and dear to Dal Bo’s heart, she explained, as she had recently come out.
“Volunteering in a community that you belong to provides a safe place to be yourself,” said Dal Bo. “It also provided new opportunities for me to learn and grow and to support others.”
Upon returning to SRP in 2016, she found another way to get involved — two actually. Namely helping both women and members of the LGBTQIA+ community network and grow through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). She has since served as a board member for two of SRP’s 10 ERGs — SRP Proud and Women’s Interest Network (WIN).
For WIN, she’s organized massive events like SRP’s annual celebration of International Women’s Day. She also recently took part in SRP Proud’s “Conversations from the Heart” event series where employees shared stories of their lived experience with the aim of creating understanding and connection with those different from themselves.
Finding new paths as COVID wanes
Activities like these helped her stay focused even while the pandemic slowed down her volunteer efforts outside of work. As she looks ahead to a world where COVID-19 plays a smaller role, she said there are a lot of new volunteer activities she wants to explore.
“This past year has been difficult for everyone,” said Dal Bo. “I am really looking forward to getting back out into the community and doing things that are impactful and meaningful. If I can make a difference in someone’s life, that is all I need.”
Invest in yourself and your community
The spirit of service is strong at SRP, where employees are encouraged to continually learn, grow and contribute to their communities. You can join Dal Bo and many other exceptional employees by applying at SRP today.