The purpose of the “Mesquite Cares” program is to grow and direct resources as well as build partnerships towards enhancing the Mesquite community. “Mesquite Cares” is an effort to facilitate support of many existing community programs the City of Mesquite implements or partners with other organizations to accomplish. For additional information, please contact Communications and Marketing Director Wayne Larson at 972-329-8319 or at [email protected]. The City of Mesquite offers an online donation page to support various causes in the community.
Here is a current overview of the Mesquite Cares programs:
Real. Texas. Heroes.
This annual event planned by the City of Mesquite and local leaders is an opportunity for the community to recognize all of the City's public safety professionals.
Addressing Mesquite Day
The City of Mesquite plans this annual one-day volunteer program to help disabled, elderly and single-parent homeowners who are in need of assistance with minor home repair, landscaping or other related home projects.
This non-profit group of community activists and faith-based leaders bridges people of various backgrounds, cultures and demographics in the Mesquite community through programs, including a bi-monthly Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.
Mesquite Police Department Youth Camp
The Mesquite Police Department hosts this summer camp program to provide an opportunity for police officers to make special connections with at-risk youth through various activities.
National Day of Prayer
The City of Mesquite supports locally organized events on the National Day of Prayer, including the Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast and a mid-day prayer gathering at City Hall.
The City of Mesquite oversees Helping Others in Mesquite Everyday to embrace the spirit of Addressing Mesquite Day on a continuous basis and assembles volunteers to perform needed tasks for elderly and disabled residents through a collaborative partnership with Keep Mesquite Beautiful.
Spread The Love
The City of Mesquite, in partnership with local food pantries, hosts an annual summer food drive of peanut butter and jelly for children who rely on free or reduced lunches provided by their schools during the school year.
Santa Cop Toy Drive
The Mesquite Police Department provides assistance during the Christmas season to disadvantaged children and families in Mesquite as well as the surrounding communities served by the Mesquite Independent School District.
The City of Mesquite supports the community-wide effort to draw attention to the importance of this national campaign on women’s health and heart disease by participating in different local events.
Clear The Shelters
The Mesquite Animal Shelter partners with nearly 700 shelters across the country for this nationwide pet adoption drive each July.
Mesquite Parks and Recreation supports athletic programs in the community for youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities to enhance their self-esteem and health.
The City of Mesquite plans a variety of events to engage citizens towards building an inclusive community. These events include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Veterans Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day and others.
Read. Play. Talk.
The City of Mesquite supports this effort by the Mesquite Independent School District to change the culture of reading in the community for children Pre-K through third-grade to improve their reading levels.
Real. Texas. Giving.
City of Mesquite employees give back to a local charity of their choice through payroll deductions, one-time donations and numerous fundraising events.
Salute to Service
The Mesquite City Council hosts a program to recognize local military veterans and their contributions to the community.
Special Olympics Texas Polar Plunge
The City of Mesquite hosts this annual event which raises funds to help provide year-round sports training, competitions, health, and inclusion programs for local individuals with intellectual disabilities. The event supports our local Special Olympics Texas athletes and is held at City Lake Aquatic Center.
IHOP National Pancake Day
Each year, the City of Mesquite participates in the International House of Pancakes' (IHOP) National Pancake Day when guests are offered a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. With every short stack of pancakes served, diners are encouraged to make a donation to designated charities, including Shriners Hospitals for Children.