Making a Difference in October

Manager’s Update – October 11, 2012

As the weather finally begins to cool off, many of our employees and residents are looking for ways to get out and get involved in our community.  It’s fitting that October 20th is Make a Difference Day here in Gilbert.  “For Our City Gilbert” is coordinating 15 different events around Town involving an estimated 1000 volunteers.  Events range from painting schools to helping clean up the Riparian Preserve.  If you’re looking to lend a hand, visit “For Our City’s” Facebook page.

During the evening of October 20th, the Town is encouraging you to get to know your neighbors. October is National Crime Prevention Month and the Gilbert Police Department’s G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) program is inviting neighborhoods to host a G.A.I.N. event in their community. The program is designed to heighten crime awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, as well as build community relationships. For more information, call (480) 635-7520 or email the Crime Prevention Unit at

Gilbert is also recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness this month. Throughout October we will be collecting various items such as toiletries, blankets, kitchen supplies, new kids and women’s clothing, and baby food for My Sister’s Place; one of only two domestic violence shelters in the East Valley. For a full list of needed items and drop off locations visit  Also, the week of October 29th  is “Wear Purple Week”.  Please be sure to wear purple to show your support for ending domestic violence.

And, as always, thanks for all you do to make a difference in our Town.

-Patrick Banger, Town Manager