October 2013 is a month of service projects in the stakes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in southern Arizona. Most of the Tucson stakes will participate in community service projects on October 26 for the national Make A Difference Day. However, the West Stake has stake conference that weekend, so they have arranged to hold their project on October 19.
Adults and youth will be cleaning the Santa Cruz riverbed, and families with younger children will clear area parks of debris. The event is in cooperation with the City of Tucson, Pima County, and Tucson Clean and Beautiful, Inc. Planning for the needs of the workers and assigned staff has spanned the last several months, and has included representatives of each of the organizations.
Service is one important way that members of the Church show their devotion to Jesus Christ, who stands as the supreme example of helping others. This is just one of many efforts they have made to serve the community.
Last year, several hundred volunteers worked in the city of Marana, cleaning up yards and repairing houses of people who could not do so themselves. This year’s focus is on the more southern reaches of the stake boundaries.
It is expected that a minimum of 400 people will participate. Adults, youth and children will be performing age-appropriate tasks to help remove trash and green waste from designated areas.
After the event, participants will gather at an area park for a barbeque.