GILBERT, Ariz. -- Gilbert is my hometown, and although I no longer live in the East Valley, I'm so proud to have grown up in this wonderful town. I still have many friends and family there, and I recently joined the board of directors for the non-profit organization Gilbert Cares.
This all-volunteer group serves the greater Gilbert community by bringing together volunteers, businesses and community groups to renovate the homes of senior citizens and low-income familes in the East Valley.
Residents who are physically and financially unable to provide this support for themselves qualify for help from Gilbert Cares.
In 1992, the non-profit's first project was the refurbishment of an elderly woman's home in Gilbert's Heritage District, the oldest community in town. Gilbert Cares brought together volunteers from the Gilbert Police Department and the Explorer Troop of the Gilbert Fire Department and collected materials donated by local businesses.
Since then, the group has helped coordinate the refurbishing of 86 homes.
At the upcoming Oct. 22 project, Gilbert Cares will celebrate it's 100th renovated home. Oct. 22, by the way is National "Make a Difference" Day.
The non-profit is taking applications from homeowners in the East Valley.
If you know a homewner that might qualify, go to GilbertCares.com for more information. You also call the Gilbert Cares Hotline with questions and suggestions. That phone number is 480-857-8581.