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National Volunteer Month: Meet Elaine

Posted on 4/11/2017

 NVAM_Elaine Chambers

Written by: Claire Brumback, Public Affairs Intern

April is National Volunteer Month, and it's important for us at Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) to recognize the time our people contribute year round to organizations in their communities. Throughout the month, we will be highlighting six different individuals who are passionate about volunteering and making a difference. First up: Elaine Chambers, a volunteer at a dog rescue in Greenwood, Indiana. Read her volunteer profile below:

Job Title: IPL Regulatory Affairs Manager

Years at IPL: 19

Organization you volunteer for: Northern Lights Sled Dog Rescue for Alaskan Malamutes and Huskies

What do you do? "I mainly work at the boarding facility every Saturday, but if they need me to do a home visit or adoption or go pick up a dog, then I'll do that, too. Basically, I do whatever they need me to do."

How did you get involved with this organization? "I had a Siberian Husky that died a few years ago, so I decided to get involved."

How long have you been a volunteer at Northern Lights? 4 years

How often do you volunteer? Every Saturday

What's your favorite volunteer experience? "We had a dog that had been there over three years, and she was stressed out and not great with other dogs. She had a reputation as an escape artist, and she was adopted a few times, but we couldn't find an owner who could contain her. She finally got adopted last August, and now she's even friendly with other dogs."

What makes a good volunteer? "You have to have passion for what you're doing, and you have to be understanding and non-judgmental."

Why do you continue to volunteer? "I want to make a difference. Sometimes it's a matter of life and death for these dogs. I've taken in dogs on their last hour and made them safe."

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