Make a Difference Day 2014

Make a Difference


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. 
Over 1500 volunteers are expected to participate in more than 50 Love Your Block projects across the City of Mesa Saturday, October 25, 2014 as part of National Make a Difference Day.   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.

Here are some ways to get involved with Make a Difference Day:

  • If you have a group of 20 or more, and are interested in taking the lead on a service project, contact Emily Blankenship for project opportunities.

  • If you are not part of a group, but would like to participate, visit Hands On Greater Phoenix online to sign up for Neighbors Helping Neighbors House Painting projects in Mesa.

  • If you are organizing an independent service activity in Mesa on October 25, as part of the National Make a Difference Day of Service, apply for the Make a Difference Day Mini Grant. Each grant involves up to two landfill pass or a Home Depot/Wal-Mart gift card for up to $100 to purchase materials and supplies for a specific project. Landfill passes are available for either the Salt River Landfill or the San Tan Transfer Station. The deadline to submit a grant application is Monday, October 16 at 4 p.m.

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


General Questions about
Make a Difference Day

Emily Blankenship
Diversity & Neighborhood Outreach Office
(480) 644-5701

Questions about
Make a Difference Day Mini Grants

Andrea Alicoate
Program Assistant
Diversity & Neighborhood Outreach Office
(480) 644-5034

Thank you to our Sponsors!
USA Weekend   Cities of Service

Hands on Greater Phoenix Mesa Recycles  Love Your Block 
Energy Resources Neighborhood Outreach Water Resources

Helping Hands build a better Mesa!


Emily Blankenship
Diversity & Neighborhood Outreach Office
(480) 644-5701