The first Day of Unity event launched in 2016, with City of Yuma Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls and area leaders calling all members of the public to unite for a stand against community division. The inaugural Day of Unity was a celebration of civic pride and union at the Yuma Art Center, with guest speakers from all parts of town and leaders in public safety coming together to speak of solidarity and community spirit. Today, the mayor-led effort continues to host Day of Unity events each year to unite people from all backgrounds to give back to the city we love to call home.
Day of Unity returned in 2017, and took the meaning of giving back to a new level by grouping volunteers for a Community Clean-up event. Volunteers were split into teams that went to pre-vetted homes in need of serious cleaning and help, whether it be because the resident was ill, handicapped, or unable to get assistance. Dozens of homes were beautified through the efforts of local volunteers. Plus, volunteers had the opportunity to meet with local leaders and create new friendships, capping off the day with hot dogs provided by the Caballeros de Yuma.
We are pleased to announce the community event is returning Mar. 16, 2019, with a community clean up effort aimed to brighten and beautify Yuma like never before. Mayor Nicholls invites all to take part in a day-long effort starting at 8:00 a.m., where he and area leaders will go out to beautify entire neighborhoods that are battling graffiti and problematic tagging. For more information, contact City of Yuma Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator Lucy Valencia at Lucy.Valencia@YumaAz.gov. The public may also write to Mayor Nicholls at Douglas.Nicholls@YumaAz.gov.