Mesquite Cares

City supports MISD efforts to help Dickinson ISD

The Mesquite Independent School District (MISD) has launched a district-wide fundraiser for the staff and students of Dickinson Independent School District (DISD) near Houston. Dickinson is a small community with a school district that closely mirrors our own. The entire community was ravaged by the rains from Hurricane Harvey. View Make a Difference in Dickinson for more information or to make a donation. Credit card donations can be made through the following site

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Here are links to ways the public can assist victims of Hurricane Harvey.

  • Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster - Those looking to donate resources, click here.
  • State of Texas - Here are a variety of resources to donate and tips to avoid scams, click here.
  • FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) - To help people affected by the storm, click here.
  • Dallas Morning News - Hurricane Harvey: How North Texans can help.

On-Going Programs Serving the Mesquite Community

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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.

Vision Mesquite

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.

Go Red

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.

Therapeutic Recreation

Mesquite Parks and Recreation supports athletic programs in the community for youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities to enhance their self-esteem and health.

Celebratory Days

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.