Volunteer opportunities Saturday for Make A Difference Day

Volunteers work to clean up the weeds and grounds of the VFW Post 10385 in Thatcher in 2017 - Gila Valley Central Photo

SAFFORD — This Saturday, for the seventh year in a row, Graham County residents will come together to take part in Make A Difference Day.

“Communities kind of rally together to do great things in their communities. SEACAB has worked with Make A Difference Day for a number of years,” said Southeastern Arizona Clean And Beautiful board member Tim Linden.

The focus in the Gila Valley is in gathering trash and there will be four areas in which one can volunteer:

● Pima Rodeo Arena and McEnary Trail (meet at the rodeo arena)

● The area around Discovery Park, including the multi-use path (meet at Glenn Meadows Park)

● Thunderbird Estates Mobile Home Park (meet at the corner of Roadrunner and Cantle)

● The Safford Downtown area (meet on the Safford City Hall lawn)

At the Safford Downtown location, the focus won’t be on picking up trash, but rather it will be cleaning or painting over graffiti, especially on the backs of buildings facing alleys.

Volunteers should meet no later than 7 a.m. and bring water, hats and sunscreen; all other tools — including gloves and trash bags — will be provided.

Following the clean-ups at the various locations, volunteers will be provided a hamburger/hot dog lunch at noon on the lawn of Safford City Hall by the Safford Lions Club.

In addition to the clean-ups, the City of Safford is making available to all Gila Valley residents one free dump of residential trash only at the landfill. The free dump is available now through Saturday and the landfill is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Loads must be covered and secured or there will be a $10 charge. No hazardous materials will be accepted.

Sponsors of Make A Difference Day include the United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties, Freeport-McMoRan, Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley, the towns of Pima and Thatcher, City of Safford, Graham County and Eastern Arizona College.