Current Employer: City of Plano
Robin Popik, Volunteer Resources Supervisor for the City of Plano, Texas, was honored with the Excellence in Volunteer Management Award given by NAVPLG, the National Association of Volunteer Programs In Local Government. The award was presented to Popik as part of the National Conference on Volunteering & Service on June 18 in Chicago, IL.
During Robin’s 22 year of leadership, Volunteers in Plano (VIP) has become an example of the finest in local government volunteer efforts; earning a reputation for outstanding service, quality programs, cost saving and timely.
In cooperation with other city department leaders, Popik helped create Helping Partners and Love Where You Live, a formal program linking the need to the available resources enhance neighborhoods and lives of residents, one home at a time. Today, partnership with Habitat for Humanity, faith-based and corporate groups, and schools help repair and preserve homes and neighborhoods creating safe, beautiful and valued neighborhoods.
Throughout the years, Popik has been instrumental in filling community needs such as helping to set up a well needed Homework Center paired elementary school and high school students for tutoring in a neighborhood where many children were home alone after school. Today, VIP identifies groups to run math tutoring programs in neighbor libraries. For ESL citizens, practice of conversational English is offered in a safe and comfortable environment, expanded from one library to five in just two years.
Popik is seen as one of the leaders in the nation on municipal government volunteer programs and regularly shares her experience and expertise with other communities. She is also a founding member our organization NAVPLG and AL!VE, the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement.