CHANDLER, Ariz. – During a recent Chandler City Council meeting, the Mayor and Council, along with staff from the Neighborhood Resources Department, recognized sponsors of the annual For Our City Day event. This event is Chandler’s local take of the national Make-A-Difference Day.
During the 2023 For Our City Day, volunteers served the Colonia Coronita neighborhood by working on more than 561 homes and completing 43 projects — including painting the exterior of homes, spreading gravel, cleaning alleyways, front yards and repairing and painting a neighborhood block wall.
Sponsors were: WM of Arizona; Home Depot Foundation; Sherwin-Williams; Resurrection Street Ministry; Chandler Salvation Army; VIAVI; Edwards; Jacobs; Red Rock Canyon; SRP; Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church; Legislative District 13; and C&S Companies.
WM of Arizona supported For Our City Day with an in-kind donation exceeding $19,000, and has been involved for nearly 10 years. Their support has been instrumental in the removal of thousands of tons of trash, helping the city beautify its neighborhoods.
The Home Depot Foundation contributed $12,500 in in-kind donations this year. In addition to their event contribution to For Our City Day, Home Depot also donated a wooden fence to a beloved Golden Neighbor who otherwise would not have been able to address his deteriorated fence. This contribution totaled $1,700, bringing the Home Depot Foundation's 2023 contribution to $14,000. In addition, their staff has continued to volunteer with the city’s Let’s Pull Together, Golden Neighbors and For Our City programs.
After the For Our City Day projects are completed, it’s a tradition to have volunteers, sponsors and neighborhood residents gather in a neighborhood park for a celebration. This year's Celebration in the Park sponsors include Resurrection Street Ministry (RSM) and The Chandler Salvation Army, who were instrumental in the success of this year's Celebration in the Park and hosted more than 1,200 attendees, including volunteers and neighborhood residents. RSM provided food and drinks throughout the entire event while the Salvation Army donated raffle prizes, entertainment and water.
VIAVI donated $5,000 and was the event shirt sponsor for the second year. VIAVI not only contributed financially, but also rallied a group of staff to volunteer. Edwards, Jacobs, and SRP each donated $2,500 and had groups of volunteers to serve that morning. Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church contributed $1,000 and both Legislative District 13; and C&S Companies each donated $500.
Public Information Officer, City of Chandler