Chris Stage, Nominator
“If you are going to be an effective volunteer, you need to gather others around you and help train and inspire them to be leaders.”
Nancy Shaw Sheridan helped create and lead some of the most well known non-profit agencies in the East Valley – and won a few political battles along the way. She has been volunteering for 50 years and shows no signs of slowing down. As founding president and long time board member for the Child Crisis Center – East Valley, Nancy has missed only one meeting in 27 years and she helped the agency grow to be a model for other crisis centers. She has served as an advocate and mentor for the non-profit Save the Family since its inception.Without Nancy’s influence, many older citizens in the East Valley would be homebound. For the past ten years, she has played a major role in Neighbors Who Care (NWC), an organization that provides transportation for residents in Sun Lakes and south Chandler where there is no public transportation. Through her networking, grant writing and fundraising, Sheridan helped NWC purchase an office building. In 1986 she was named Mesa’s Citizen of the Year. Two years ago she received the Presidential Points of Light – Lifetime Service Award from the Child Crisis Center and last year Neighbors Who Care presented her the presidential Points of Light – Gold Award for over 500 hours of service in one year.