Six Sugar Land residents named volunteers of the year

This year’s Volunteers of the Year are elite. The six residents recognized as Sugar Land’s Volunteers of the year have contributed 550 volunteer hours, equaling almost $16,473 of in-kind donations!

Get to know more about the volunteers and their immense contributions to the community below!

Do you want to get involved? Apply to be a www.sugarlandtx.gov/volunteer.  

Animal Services Volunteers of the Year

Kay Anderson & Laura Saunders
Volunteers since 2017

Kay Anderson
Laura Saunders

From their Volunteer of the Year nomination: “For years without fail, the dynamic duo of Kay and Laura have kept our pups mentally stimulated. Every Monday they take the time out to prepare the most delicious and innovative treats for our dogs. Each week they make treats for up to 75 dogs at a time so that they have a different flavor and texture every day to try. They work at home to create new recipes, and even prepare treats and yummies ahead of time if they are going to absent or on vacation. Our curious canines are never without their daily food enrichment. This dedication to the mental well-being of our animals is what makes them a clear choice for volunteers of the year and hold a special place in our hearts.”

Parks and Recreation Volunteer of the Year

Amaris Shi
Volunteer since 2020

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From their Volunteer of the Year nomination: “Amaris is a senior at Clements High School and the salutatorian of her class. We have been very impressed by her passion, leadership, creativity and entrepreneurship through all the volunteer work she has done for Parks and Recreation. Amaris started volunteering with the department in 2020 by helping plant small trees at the reforestation area in Brazos River Park. She not only helped to transport the trees, plant the trees, but also organized a group of high school students (approximately 10-15 members) to maintain those trees. She spent time learning about tree planting and maintenance, and created a great online work schedule and recording system for the group to work together seamlessly. Amaris has volunteered more than 270 hours with the City in 2021. Because of her leadership, passion and persistence, high school students learn and volunteer together to make the community a better place for all.”

T.E. Harman Senior Center Volunteer of the Year

Amy Suhl
Volunteer since 2016

From their Volunteer of the Year nomination: “Amy has been a dedicated volunteer at the T.E. Harman Center for many years. She connects with our members by teaching them on ways to utilize technology in their daily lives. She is devoted to the people that seek her assistance and always goes above and beyond to ensure that they get the most out of their interaction with her. Amy knows no bounds with her generosity and time. She has stayed past her allotted time on many occasions to make sure the tasks she’s working on get completed that day. Her determination and commitment to serving the community should be recognized.”

Sugar Land Fire-EMS Volunteer of the Year

Mita Patel
Volunteer since 2012

From their Volunteer of the Year nomination: “Mita has assisted at every event we have held over this past year, including spending many hours working on Inaugural Firefighters Ball. She even learned a new skill – how to grill! – to help feed this year’s Citizen Fire Academy class. She has adopted one of our stations and not only regularly feeds them but has taught them to cook different types of food. Mita is ALWAYS asking for ways she can help. She is truly an asset to the City and our employees!”

Engineering Volunteer of the Year

Sai Lee-El Srouji
Volunteer since 2017

From their Volunteer of the Year nomination: “Sai has helped the Engineering Department by digitizing records to allow staff to create better file management systems. She also volunteers at the Senior Center as a yoga instructor.”