September 2016   

East Valley Mayors' Prayer Breakfast Update Bulletin

Welcome to For Our City!

We plan to keep you informed about achievements and efforts underway by the East Valley 'For Our City' Teams. 'For Our City' is a catalyst organization to convene east valley leaders representing non-profits, government, business, education and faith-based organizations to collaborate and create local solutions. 

Please be sure to forward this message to anyone you feel may have a vested interest in the work of For Our City.  

Apache Junction Welcomes You!

On behalf of the city of Apache Junction, we are thrilled to be the host of the 2017 East Valley Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. We hope you will join us on Wednesday, March 15, at Chandler-Gilbert Community College for the spirited gathering. We have taken part in this group for several years, knowing the importance of coming together to address the critical needs of our community - a community of diverse faiths and background. As always, we will be looking for sponsors for the event and we look forward to working with the committee on another wonderful event. We will see you next March!

Mayor John Insalco, City of Apache Junction

 Strength through Collaboration

I am honored to be a co-host and continue Gilbert's participation in the upcoming 2017 East Valley Mayors' Prayer Breakfast. This is a motivational morning where faith groups and our communities collaborate in order to better serve the needs of our residents. It is a celebration of our shared values and an opportunity to further participate, lead and inspire! The Town of Gilbert and the entire East Valley become stronger as we join together in common purpose. Please join me with host city Apache Junction and fellow Mayors for this wonderful event on March 15, 2017 at Chandler Gilbert Community College. 

Mayor Jenn Daniels, Town of Gilbert

 Compassionate Communities 

 One of our community's greatest assets is its volunteer base. A vast network of compassionate, caring individuals who are willing to help their neighbors at a moment's notice.

 For Our City Day is an event that really highlights how the community comes together to help those in need. This year marks the 6th anniversary of the event, as local volunteers, students, City staff and neighbors will come together on October 22nd to do yard work, paint, landscape and weed yards and alleys in a neighborhood within our City's core. It's always a great event to be a part of. If you would like to learn more or help out,

 The work of For Our City has truly made an impact in Chandler. And others think so too! In fact, For Our City Chandler will receive a very distinguished award later this year. While I cannot disclose that actual award yet, it is annually presented to an organization that has demonstrated insightful and sustained change in their community through inclusive civic engagement practices. That, in a nutshell, defines the work of For Our City!

I would like to thank Councilmember Kevin Hartke as well as the staff of Chandler's Neighborhood Resources office for all of the hard work they put in, day in and day out. It has made a very positive impact in our community. 

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, City of Chandler

Committing to Better Communities

Here in Mesa, we are eagerly anticipating the next East Valley Mayors' Prayer Breakfast hosted by our good friends in Apache Junction. The breakfast always serves as a wonderful opportunity to come together as a region for an inspiring morning of reflection and stories of service. To me, one of the most important messages delivered during these breakfasts is a call to action encouraging each of us to ensure that the statements of service and commitments to a better community are sustained throughout the year. I am proud to say that Mesa's faith community has headed this call.

 When visiting with Mesa faith leaders and their congregations, I am consistently humbled as I hear of the many good works undertaken day in and day out. Examples include great organizations like: Central Christian Church who help the needy through their donations to Helen's Hope Chest, feed the hungry by volunteering countless hours with Feed My Starving Children, and enrich the lives of our youngest learners by supporting Mesa United Way's 12 Books program; and Trinity Baptist Church whose congregation has been providing mentoring, parent support, and other services at Longfellow Elementary for years.

 These For Our City Mesa members, along with many others, serve as shining examples of how the faith community, government, and nonprofits can come together to work towards making our community a better place each and every day. I look forward to sharing these stories and hearing many more at our next breakfast in March.

 Mayor John Giles, City of Mesa

Supporting East Valley Cities and Towns 
Mayor John Insalaco, City of Apache Junction
2017 Host

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, City of Chandler
Mayor Vincent Francia, Town of Cave Creek 
Mayor Linda Kavanagh, Town of Fountain Hills 
Mayor John Lewis, Town of Gilbert 
Mayor John Giles, City of Mesa 

Mayor Michael Collins, Town of Paradise Valley 
Mayor Gail Barney, Town of Queen 

Mayor W.J. "Jim" Lane, City of Scottsdale
Mayor Mark Mitchell, City of Tempe ype your paragraph here.

"Surrounded by Legends of Faith and Leadership"