2011 Spark Awards Recognize Volunteers for Their Contributions
to the Community
On Saturday, June 25, 2011 Glendale recognized neighborhood leaders, community volunteers and businesses that have contributed to their community and improved the quality of the city’s neighborhoods with the 2011 Community Spark Awards.
The awards are given annually to those individuals and groups who ‘spark’ their communities into action. The Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Neighborhoods presented the Community Spark Awards in the following six categories:
Young Leaders on the Move: Melia Coury
Melia Coury has been actively contributing to her community all of her life. Since she started attending Ironwood High School, she has been active in the Girl Scouts of America and has earned both the silver and gold award. She is an officer in the National Honor Society and chair-person for the Rock & Roll Paint-a-Thon. She also helped organize, produce and danced in an all-district high school dance performance called “Live It.” The event raised $1,550 which was donated to the “Red Means Stop” non-profit group that was formed after an accident took the life of an Ironwood High School student. She is also very active at St. Helen’s Catholic Church and is a peer minister at the church. Melia is a true “Spark” in both her school and community!
Business Support & Involvement:
Every month during the school year, Texas Roadhouse visits the campus of Copperwood Elementary School to deliver a bicycle, helmet and bicycle lock, as a surprise, to a student who has been nominated for demonstrating outstanding character on campus. Texas Roadhouse not only recognizes the selected student but the entire class are also winners and are served a BBQ lunch in their classroom. Texas Roadhouse has formed a solid relationship with the school and community. Students at Copperwood are consistently demonstrating outstanding character as they thrive to become nominated for this award. Through this campus-wide initiative, students learn through the leadership example set by Texas Roadhouse to exhibit the six Character Pillars: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. They are true “Sparks” at Copperwood Elementary School!
Faith Bible Church
Faith Bible Church has become a very active community partner in Glendale. About 9 months ago, Pastor Dan Lind contacted the City of Glendale and began a partnership which has led the way to outreach in the Granada Estates neighborhood. The church not only partnered with the City of Glendale, they formed a collaboration with the local high school, elementary schools and the YMCA. More than 250 volunteers from Faith Bible Church participated in the annual “Serve Day” event in February 2011. They painted homes, cleaned up lots, painted house numbers on the curbs, cleaned up front yards, and hosted a BBQ picnic and games for the kids in the Granada Estates neighborhood park. They also hosted a turkey & holiday drive that served more than 100 families. They are sponsoring 40 students for summer programs in Glendale and are funding the Cactus High School Bridges program. They are a true “Spark” in Glendale!
Christ’s Church of the Valley
Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV) has been very active in the Glendale community for many years. The church adopted the Blue Sky Mobile Home Park in 2010. They are very involved in the neighborhood and have helped a great number of residents with yard maintenance, minor home repairs, and house painting projects. In January 2011, close to 700 CCV members participated in several volunteer projects as part of their “Season of Sharing” and MLK Day event. Volunteers helped shelf books at the library, revitalized local parks, picked more than 40 tons of grapefruit at Sahuaro Ranch Park that was donated to the food bank and much more. Most recently, CCV has partnered with the City of Glendale to provide volunteer assistance for Glendale residents, through the CCV Neighborhood Groups located throughout the city. CCV volunteers are a “Spark” in the Glendale community!
Traditional Neighborhood Leadership:
Marianne Kempton has worked hard to organize neighbors for the betterment of the La Fontana Heights traditional neighborhood for the past several years. In March 2009, she held the very first neighborhood meeting where residents were able to become acquainted and discuss common concerns. A “Community Connection” event was held in May 2009 and numerous residents attended and expressed interest in becoming involved in their neighborhood. Marianne applied for a neighborhood grant to improve the aesthetics of the area by installing granite along 75th Avenue. In March 2010, Marianne again organized a group of neighbors to help paint the wall located along 75th Avenue. She worked with Rebuilding Together, a non-profit agency, who donated the paint and supplies for the wall. Marianne has been the impetus for improvement in the La Fontana neighborhood and is truly the “Spark of the neighborhood!
Kay Causer is the “Spark” in the Casa Campana HOA neighborhood! Kay has been very active in the neighborhood for many years. She organized a day of gathering 600 books for the Casa Campana clubhouse library. Some of the books were also donated to the Glendale Public Library. Kay organized a group of volunteers who picked fruit from the citrus trees in the neighborhood that was donated to the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance to help feed the hungry in Arizona. In the past, she has worked with the City of Glendale Neighborhood Partnership Office to request grants to beautify the neighborhood. She has organized numerous Block Watch events and the annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods events. Kay is always willing to go above and beyond to get the job done in the Casa Campana neighborhood.
For more information, about the Community Spark Awards or how to become active in your neighborhood, please contact the Neighborhood Partnership Office at (623) 930-2663.