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.

Tempe Cares 2020 is complete! We thank the more than 130 volunteers who showed up and worked hard to complete the project. Thanks to the hardworking committee who helped organize the event.

Photos are available in the Tempe Cares Gallery

*NEW*  You can also check out the Tempe Cares 2020 recap on Youtube!

Thank you to our sponsors who helped ensure the success of the project:

Tempe Police Foundation for their generous donation

Oldcastle for Superlite for the pavers

European Pavers for professional labor

Coordinating and other efforts provided by our friends at the Church of Latter Day Saints

Kate Vawter and Ryan Guzy for use of their cargo van

City of Tempe for donation of trash bin, 42 trees for planting, and other materials

Phoenix Community ToolBank for making tool rentals to non-profits affordable

Salt River Project for trash receptacles

Michael A. Pollock Real Estate Investments for donation

Caliente Construction for heavy lifting in support of tool logistics

The Event at a Glance

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.