City of Mesa News Article
Mesa kicks off Love Your Block with $25,000 grant from Cities of Service
By: Melissa Randazzo
03/19/14 9:30 AM

Date:  March 18, 2014
Mayor’s Office
Contact: Melissa Randazzo
Tel. 480-644-3219



Mesa, AZ – Join Mayor Scott Smith, members of the Mesa City Council and HandsOn Greater Phoenix as we kick off Love Your Block by priming and painting the exterior of a Mesa resident’s home. Carlota has lived in her home for more than 28 years and faces physical and financial limitations while helping raise her grandchild. The kickoff is Saturday, March 22 at 8 a.m. If you are interested in being a volunteer sign up at

Love Your Block is a tested, high-impact service strategy that engages community members in revitalizing their neighborhoods one block at a time. Volunteers are needed in Mesa to assist with a variety of activities including:

  • Volunteer-based reporting of graffiti in neighborhoods for removal.
  • Clean up and debris removal for alleys, canals, easements, etc.
  • Landscaping clean up for residents in need.
  • Exterior home painting for residents who are physically and/or financially unable to complete the work on their own.
  • Painting of common neighborhood areas, which can include walls, bridges, community park structures, etc.

If you would like to receive additional information about upcoming volunteer opportunities through Love Your Block and for more information on how to submit a project for consideration, go to

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund is a multi-million dollar fund. Grantee cities were selected based on the quality of initiative proposals, scale and potential for impact, and caliber of implementation plans, among other criteria.

Mesa’s $25,000 grant will support the revitalization of more than 12 communities by removing 10,000 pounds of waste, removing graffiti and painting the home exteriors of residents in need.


About Cities of Service

Founded in September 2009 in New York City by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 16 other mayors from across the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of over 180 mayors committed to addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering. By leveraging citizen service strategies, Cities of Service helps mayors address local needs and make government more effective. To find out more about Cities of Service, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter @CitiesOfService.

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