A Glendale community is about to receive a facelift.
Granada Estates, located off 67th Avenue between Greenway Road and Paradise Lane, will be the site for the 7th annual Serve Day this Saturday, Oct. 8 starting at 7:30 a.m. More than 200 volunteers will hit the streets from 7:30 a.m. until noon to assist with various tasks to help beautify the community.
Granada Estates Serve Day is made possible by the Granada Estates Coalition, which consists of citizens, churches, nonprofits, businesses, universities, several city of Glendale departments and Sahuaro District Councilmember Ray Malnar. Through this collaborative effort, 30% of Granada Estates will be directly impacted from yard maintenance, rock spreading, painting addresses in front of homes as well as painting fire hydrants.
“Thanks to our large group of volunteers, we are able to give Granada Estates a well-deserved facelift,” Malnar shared in a news release. “The goal of this project is to help impact the quality of life within Granada Estates. Our volunteers not only assist on the outside of the homes but they also leave residents with information and materials to help maintain their yards and homes for the future.”
This is the third straight year that Malnar and the city have recognized that the Granada Estates community is an underserved neighborhood, and has continued to organize this annual Serve Day, which began more than a decade ago. Throughout the years, more and more organizations and volunteers have joined this collaborative effort to help clean up Granada Estates.
The city’s Community Services Department provides the tools and wheelbarrows to assist in completing all projects.
The Granada Estates Coalition was the brainchild of Allen Bartimioli, a resident of Granada Estates and pastor at Faith Bible Church, 17230 N. 59th Ave. Bartimioli adopted the Granada Estates neighborhood when he took over as missions and outreach pastor. The coalition aims to improve the lives of people living in the neighborhood.
Other groups taking part in Serve Day include Arizona Christian University, Home Depot, Apollo High School, Faith Bible, Venture and Central Christian Churches, the Glendale fire and police departments, and individual volunteers.
This year’s event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. at the Greenway Granada Park, located between 73rd Avenue and Greenway Road. All volunteers will then disperse to their respective projects.
Click here for more information or to register as a volunteer.