Power Lunch Volunteer Honored with National Award
In 1993, the George H.W. Bush administration started the Daily Point of Light Award, recognizing the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world. Nina Nelan Tax Director at PwC, recently won this prestigious award for her outstanding work as a Power Lunch Coordinator, volunteer and reading buddy. Power Lunch, a collaboration between Mile High United Way, Denver Public Schools and Denver Public Schools Foundation, brings together businesses and schools to help students develop a love of reading. The program partners employees from local businesses with second or third-grade students to mentor and read with the children in order to further develop their reading skills and build strong relationships.
"The opportunity to participate in programs like Power Lunch is why I returned to PwC to continue my career. I was inspired by the actions of our local partners, and encouraged by how much support the firm provides us to give time and money to organizations and causes that are meaningful to us, especially the education and development of Denver kids."
Nina has helped to engage PwC as a School Partner at Columbian Elementary since 2012. PwC contributes financial, in-kind, and volunteer resources to this high need Denver public school. With Nina’s help, over 100 PwC employees have been engaged in improving early literacy at Columbian through the Power Lunch and TutorMate programs. The School Partners Program is so grateful for Nina’s dedication to this cause and extremely proud of her accomplishment.
Power Lunch currently operates in eight DPS Elementary schools, which matches over 185 third-graders with nearly 300 volunteers from local Denver organizations. The program not only benefits the students, but also improves employee morale, enhances teamwork and fosters corporate presence in the community.