An army of volunteers is set to descend on Glendale’s Granada Estates Neighborhood on Saturday, Oct. 2. They will be painting homes, assisting with yardwork, landscaping and adding addresses to curbs.
It is all part of the Granada Estates Annual Serve Day.
This effort is made possible by the Granada Estates Coalition which consists of citizens, churches, non-profits, businesses, universities, Sahuaro District Councilmember Ray Malnar and several Glendale departments including police, code compliance, and community services.
The Coalition was a brainchild of Allen Bartimioli, a Granada Estates resident and local pastor. The purpose of the Coalition is to improve the lives of people living in the neighborhood.
Granada Estates was identified as an under-resourced neighborhood and organized the first Serve Day more than a decade ago. It has continued to grow since that time as more organizations have joined the effort.
“Serve Day at Granada Estates was a huge success in early 2020 and will be a great success in 2021,” Malnar states in a news release. “I would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who signed up to help their fellow neighbors beautify the community. Special thanks and recognition goes to Faith Bible Church, Venture Church, Glendale Firefighters Charities, Local 493, Glendale PD, and Glendale’s Community Services staff. In addition, thank you to ABC Sand & Rock and Home Depot for donating materials that will make this neighborhood beautification project a success.”
Other groups taking part in Serve Day include, Arizona Christian University, Midwestern University, Glendale High School, Ironwood High School and individual volunteers.
This year’s event kicks off at 7:30 a.m. at Greenway Granada Park, 73rd Avenue and Greenway Road.