If it weren’t for organizations like the Sun City CAN (Community Assistance Network), Sunshine Service, the Sun City Posse, and the Sun City PRIDES (Proud Residents Independently Donating Essential Services)….all made up of volunteers, Sun City would not be the place to live that it is.
Each organization is in need of more volunteers.
With the estimated population of Sun City just over 40,000, we have fewer than 2 percent of our population volunteering in these organizations. As president of the PRIDES, I would encourage you to consider volunteering by joining one of these organizations.
The PRIDES have been in existence since 1980.
We were organized to help Maricopa County keep the public thoroughfares (like Bell Road, 99th Avenue, Del Webb, 107th, Peoria Avenue, Thunderbird) clean and beautiful.
The PRIDES have over 45 miles of streets and medians that we take care of with responsibilities such as picking up trash, picking the oranges off over 1,000 trees, planting and trimming shrubs, trees, and cacti, painting tree trunks, and repairing sprinklers.
These are just a few of the activities that the PRIDES do in our community.
Some of the things PRIDES volunteers have been able to accomplish in the last few years are new areas of cacti plantings in the median of Bell Road, removal of many ornamental orange trees which were replaced with desert landscaping, and most recently the planting of trees on 107th, starting a “tree canopy.” Most Saturday mornings from September through May you will see our PRIDES volunteers working in their orange vests someplace on the public roads. During the week you will see PRIDES volunteers working in their “own” areas they have chosen to be responsible for. It takes all of these volunteers to help Sun City continue to be a clean and beautiful place in which to live and work. As more and more people use our major thoroughfares (especially Bell, Olive, and Thunderbird), we see more litter that needs to be picked up.
If you are interested in public service, please seek out the organization that fits your area of interest and expertise. For example, if your interest is law enforcement, join the Posse. If it’s more physical labor, join the PRIDES. In addition, SCHOA and RCSC also have need of volunteers.
Remember, it takes many, many volunteers to make this community what it is today and has been for over 56 years. Join today.
Editor’s Note: Mr. Smith is president of Sun City PRIDES.