Tempe Cares

Tempe Cares is the community’s signature annual volunteer event with hundreds of Tempe residents, employees, students, businesses and organizations joining forces to improve the community and show how much they care. Please watch for volunteer opportunities for the March event.


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It’s time to roll up your sleeves and make a difference in our community – it’s time for Tempe Cares 2024!

A bit of an introduction for newcomers: Tempe Cares has been a hallmark event in our community since 1991. Every year, hundreds of citizens—students, employees, business owners, and organizations—come together for a grand-scale demonstration of community spirit. This annual event serves as a humbling reminder of what we can achieve when we band together.

This year, we’re setting our sights on a particularly revered historic site, the Double Butte Cemetery. If you’ve never had a chance to visit this iconic spot, now is a golden opportunity. We’ll be nurturing this space back to its prime with a comprehensive beautification project, and we’d love for you to join us!

Check-in begins at 7:30 AM (breakfast included!), and we’ll be on our way for a day of community service starting at 8:00 AM.

Grab your gardening gloves, dust off your community spirit, and ready your eager hearts. Tempe Cares 2024 is just around the corner, and we can’t wait for another memorable year of working together, caring together, and fostering our collective love for this city we call home.

About Tempe Cares

Tempe Cares, founded in 1991, was the inspiration of former Tempe City Councilwoman Carol E. Smith who wanted to see the community come together to help the greater good.

  • The mission of Tempe Cares is to organize citizen volunteers to reduce blight and improve the appearance of Tempe’s neighborhoods and community spaces.
  • Tempe Cares has grown annually to include several hundred individuals, groups and businesses. Each year these volunteers come together to invest their combined resources of skilled and unskilled physical labor, tools and building materials to help improve quality of life in Tempe.
  • Tempe Cares owes its success to the many individuals who come out on the day of the event and dedicate their time, toil, and heart to help their community. Our volunteers include hundreds of Tempe Leadership alumni as well as representatives from non-profit organizations, businesses, schools, service clubs, religious organizations and neighborhoods – people just like you!
  • Of increasing importance is the participation of construction contractors who provide much-needed skilled craftsmanship, such as carpentry, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, tree trimming and landscaping. We are always looking for local contractors to get involved with Tempe Cares.

Thanks to the many businesses, organizations and individuals who provide both cash and in-kind contributions to make Tempe Cares a community success.