2022 Volunteer Appreciation

In the past year, over 83,000 service hours were completed by community volunteers.

This National Volunteer Appreciation month, Gilbert would like to recognize all volunteers who continue to give back to Gilbert Police, Fire & Rescue, and Parks and Recreation Departments, as well as by serving on numerous boards, commissions, committees, foundations, and nonprofit organizations.

Volunteers are one of Gilbert’s greatest assets. See below a summary from volunteers in nonprofit programs and the police department.

Nonprofit Volunteer Highlight

Each year, the Town Council allocates all of Gilbert’s Neighbor 2 Neighbor funds, and a portion of  Gilbert’s general funds, to nonprofit agencies that provide services to Gilbert residents. 

From July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021, over 12,000 volunteers throughout the 34 nonprofit programs served over 33,000 Gilbert residents, which is 12% of Gilbert’s estimated population. A few examples of services provided include sorting donations, assisting children in an afterschool program, and career coaching.

Around 10,000 volunteer hours served for nonprofits were funded through the Community Development Block Grant- Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) funds, used to support public services helping with the pandemic. A few examples of services provided include emergency and minor home repair, home-delivered meals, and assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Police Volunteer Highlight

The Gilbert Police Department provides the opportunity for citizens to volunteer within four specific units: Gilbert Citizens on Patrol, Crisis Support Unit, Crime Prevention, and Chaplain. The mission of the Gilbert Police Volunteers is to support department personnel in providing police service and to promote community partnership.

From March 2020 to May 2021, volunteers in the Gilbert Police Department completed 2,787 hours, valued at $79,534.

Meet our Volunteers

Cheryl Conlin Jurgens, one of the 10 police volunteers who served over 90 hours in 2021, said the most rewarding part of her volunteer experience is “being able to use my education, life experience, and abilities to help GPD and the public while meeting new people and helping them on probably one of the worst days of their life.”

Read more about Gilbert volunteers and their experience in the programs!


Cheryl Conlin Jurgens

Planning Commission

Jän Simon

Parks & Recreation

Marlee and Rylee Smith

Fire & Rescue

Chaplain Thomas Arbaugh

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