Make a Difference Day

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Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make a Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October.

Residents, neighborhood groups, local businesses, church groups and City of Mesa staff volunteer for a variety of beautification and cleanup projects.  Examples of service projects include painting walls and curb numbers; cleaning up parks, alleys and canals; distributing neighborhood resource bags and helping residents who need assistance with painting and landscaping. 

Volunteer Groups

If you are part of a group interested in participating in Make a Difference Day, please provide your information below.  Participating groups will be asked to support projects by providing one primary point of contact to work with the City of Mesa and may be asked to provide materials and supplies needed to complete projects (ex: shovels, rakes, ladders, paint brushes, paint rollers, etc).  For large groups, significant coordination and communication will be needed from the primary point of contact.  Interested groups will be contacted on a first come, first served basis starting in approximately early September.  We may not be able to provide projects for all interested groups.

Group sign-ups are currently closed for 2018.

Individual Volunteers

If you are an individual interested in participating in a Make a Difference Day project, please provide your information below.  Exterior house painting projects for residents in need may be available for individuals who are not part of a community group and there are enough interested volunteers.  Please enter your email and information will be sent to you when/if project information becomes available. We may not be able to provide projects for all interested individuals.

Individual sign-ups are currently closed for October 2018.

For tips and assistance on organizing your own volunteer project, volunteers can utilize the Make a Difference Day Volunteer Tool Kit. [PDF]


 Bethany Freeland, Citywide Volunteer Program Coordinator

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