City of Mesa News Article
Volunteers recognized for their service to City of Mesa
By: Kevin Christopher
04/22/13 8:45 AM

April 22, 2013
Public Information & Communications
Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699   
Mesa, AZ – They serve in a variety of roles in many City of Mesa departments, ranging from cleaning parks and playground equipment to serving as ushers and tour guides at the Mesa Arts Center to helping emergency responders.  The City of Mesa honors its volunteers as part of National Volunteer Week April 21-27.  The volunteers were recently recognized at the April 1 City Council meeting with a proclamation from Mayor Scott Smith.
“We are grateful for the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time and energy to the City.  Our volunteers provide an invaluable service to Mesa while letting them explore their strengths and use their skills and experience to help others” Mayor Smith said.  In 2012, volunteers donated 233,644 hours of service to the City.
Numerous City departments and divisions are enhanced by the services of volunteers, including Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities; Library: Police Department; Fire Department; Arts and Cultural Department and Neighborhood Outreach.  Parks, Recreation and Commercial Facilities had the most volunteer hours in 2012 with 47,114 hours of service.
While Mesa has a variety of talented hard-working volunteers, there is always a need for more.  The City has an online system, making it easier to search for volunteer opportunities based on area of interest, length of time commitment, number of volunteers and more.  You can access it at  
The theme for National Volunteer Week is “Celebrate Service.” Celebrate Service captures the meaning of this signature week by honoring the people who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities.

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