Linda Jensen, Nominator
“I learned early that giving back is part of being an American – a citizen – a member of the community.”
You may remember him from radio but today his fame comes from his volunteer activities. In the past five years, Andres has spent much of his free time making sure local social service agencies have diapers for their clients. For more than 20 years, Andres has lent his time, public relations expertise and speaking skills to numerous Valley charities. In 2002, Andres and a group of Valley citizens and government officials met to discuss the links between poverty and diapers. Taking a lead role, Andres helped found the non-profit Valley of the Sun Community Diaper Bank. He managed the details of starting up the Diaper Bank, wrote news releases, recruited Board members, got a computer donated, and forged partnerships with nonprofit agencies to increase diaper distributions. After just five years, the Diaper Bank boasts hundreds of volunteers and has distributed more than 646,000 diapers to more than 90 local nonprofit agencies. Last year, he wrote the script and performed in the Release the Fear fundraiser, addressing violence in the community. He currently volunteers to publicize the Prostate On-site Project “POP,” which provides low-cost prostate cancer screenings.