Getting involved in the community was a major part of Cesar Chavez's life. The City of Mesa has several volunteer opportunities to celebrate the legacy of the labor leader, civil rights icon and Arizona native.
Pet Microchipping - City of Mesa Animal Control is offering a free microchipping event for dogs and cats Friday, March 24 at 200 S. Center St. Volunteers are needed to help with pet owner check-in, data entry, answering questions, line management, animal cleanup and other duties as assigned. Two shifts are available from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must be 18 and older to participate.
Mesa Urban Garden - The City needs 20 volunteers to spruce up the Mesa Urban Garden, 212 E. First Ave., on Friday, March 31 (Cesar Chavez Day) from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The volunteers will help with weeding, mulching, pruning, planting flowers, filling beds with soil, painting and various repairs. Volunteers must be 16 and older to participate.
Resurrection Street Ministries - Resurrection Street Ministries (RSM) needs 60 volunteers to help sort donations for its community thrift store Friday, March 31 from 8;30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1135 E. Main St. Volunteers will organize clean and assemble furniture and other items. Volunteers must be 18 and older to participate.
"Cesar Chavez' legacy is both an inspiration and a guiding light in Mesa," said Mayor John Giles. "Getting involved in the community is an excellent way to honor Chavez' dedication to fighting for the greater good. We appreciate the hundreds of volunteers who generously give of their time and energy in Mesa."
The City of Mesa's volunteers annually donate thousands of hours of service to various service projects. The City has an online system to search for volunteer opportunities based on an area of interest, length of time commitment and more. You can access it at mesaaz.gov/volunteer.