Volunteer opportunities abound in the East Valley. Numerous organizations are grateful for any offer of assistance. Volunteering is a chance to show commitment and pride in our community, connect with others and develop gifts and talents.
 
Community mural collaboration Nov. 9 at Guerrero Park Neighbors and community leaders are invited to Guerrero Rotary Park in Mesa to join talented local artists in creating a series of murals. The Urban Land Institute has chosen 12 prominent Arizona muralists to design and paint murals side-by-side with volunteers. No artistic experience is required and all ages are welcome. Painting participants will enhance the Guerrero Park neighborhood with art and creativity. This family-friendly celebration includes free food, music and artistic expression.
 
The ULI 2D Community Mural Project is a community effort of creating works in this artistic-rich Mesa neighborhood, connecting the community by sharing its stories and the histories of its people. Guerrero Park residents are encouraged to join the artists in this neighborhood revitalization.
 
Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Guerrero Rotary Park, 205 W. 8th Ave., Mesa. Sign up at ULI 2D Community Mural Project or https://www.facebook.com/ULI2DMuralProject/
 
How can you give back? Check out Just Serve, a website that links to other local service opportunities so you can make a difference. Visit https://www.justserve.org/.
 
We found other great service and volunteer options in the East Valley, grouped below by cities:
 
East Valley service opportunities
 
Mesa
The city has a volunteer-recruitment website packed with ideas to help build a better Mesa. Join the Mesa Fire and Medical Department Volunteer Connector Program, which provides assistance before and after a 911 call, help at the Mesa Family Advocacy Center or lend a hand at the neighborhood outreach center.
 
See the possibilities here: https://app.betterimpact.com/PublicEnterprise/1927de80-881a-4c5c-ab9c-79ce376d17f7
 
Sunshine Acres
Sunshine Acres provides a loving, wholesome, Christian home for children who are separated from their parents. The facility’s staff helps them establish long-term relationships with stable parental figures, preparing them for success in adult life. Help is needed with landscaping, painting, tutoring and in the Donation Store. Visit: http://sunshineacres.org/volunteer-2/
 
Feed My Starving Children
Kids and adults may hand-pack nutritious meals that are designed specifically to reverse malnutrition. Volunteer at Mesa Fiesta Power Center, 1345 S. Alma School Road in Mesa. Visit: http://volunteer.fmsc.org/Register/Default.aspx#.V_fSPyTLAmR
 
Child Crisis Arizona
A variety of volunteer opportunities await individuals and groups, including direct care with children in the shelters and supporting their prevention programs. Volunteers are essential to the day-to-day operation of Child Crisis Arizona. Nearly 1,300 volunteers provide nearly 14,000 hours of service annually, with an estimated value of $326,682. Visit: http://childcrisisaz.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer/
 
Gilbert Fire Department
Are you an expert at installing car seats? Child-proofing your home or apartment? Want to learn proper safety techniques? The Gilbert Fire Department needs you to help keep local children safe. It is looking for people to be car-seat technicians, home-safety evaluators and training facilitators. Or, join the Community Emergency Response team or Fire Corp Volunteer Program. Visit: https://www.gilbertaz.gov/departments/fire-and-rescue/community/volunteer
 
Queen Creek
Coach a youth sports team, serve meals, call BINGO games or promote sustainability and conservation around town. Visit: http://www.queencreek.org/departments/parks-recreation/volunteer-4387 Other volunteer opportunities in the Queen Creek community include:
 
Pan de Vida
Its mission is to meet basic human needs of the communities of Queen Creek and San Tan Valley while promoting self-sufficiency. Its needs include assistance with grant writing, roadside cleanup and writing and mailing holiday cards. Visit: http://www.pandevidaaz.org/
 
Friends of Horseshoe Park
This group supports Queen Creek’s Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre (HPEC) and promotes the rural heritage of Queen Creek. Visit: http://www.friendsofhorseshoepark.org/
 
Chandler
The city has a myriad of possibilities to give back, including volunteering at the Chandler Center for the Arts, assisting in a library, helping with neighborhood programs or becoming a member of the Crisis Response Team. Visit: http://www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=185
 
Interested in more tips for East Valley living or new homes in the thriving Mesa Gateway corridor of Arizona? Sign up at http://cadenceaz.com/contact/