The City of Mesa was recently awarded $10,000 and featured in USA Weekend for its 2010 Make a Difference Day. The city is one of three - along with Trenton, Ohio, and Wheaton, Illinois - that were recognized for their volunteer projects and events.
More than 325 volunteers participated in last year's Make a Difference Day, which focused on the Casa Mesa neighborhood as part of the Building Strong Neighborhoods Initiative, as well as other neighborhoods throughout the city.
"This is a tremendous honor for Mesa and a very fitting national recognition of our staff and, especially, our hundreds of volunteers who care so much about our city and work hard to make a difference," Mayor Scott Smith said in a statement.
Volunteers who participated in the event:
- Removed 39 tons of trash from alleyways.
- Picked up trash along roadways .
- Used 50 gallons of paint to remove graffiti.
- Cleaned playground equipment at a neighborhood park.
- Delivered fire safety awareness information to 800 homes.
- Painted 469 address numbers on curbs in an effort to decrease emergency response times.
- Registered 100 people to receive important financial information.
Mesa plans to grow its volunteer efforts even more by joining the Cities of Service coalition, a bipartisan group of mayors who work together over several years to expand community service and volunteer activities throughout the nation.