Blight Buster Volunteer Program

Photo-Blight Buster Class 7

Caption: Blight Busters Class 7

Blight Buster volunteers promote community pride and beautiful neighborhoods by keeping Phoenix free of graffiti and blight.  Residents 18 years or older may receive free training to learn how to address graffiti and a variety of blight-related issues; from back-alley cleanups to illegal signs in public right-of-ways.  Blight Busters serve at least eight hours a month in the community.

Residents also are enabled to become better advocates in their communities by learning how to arrange and manage community cleanup projects.  Those who complete the training will receive an identification badge, uniform and resources to help carry out their volunteer assignments. Graduates will be able to:

  • Learn how to remove graffiti
  • Safely use an airless paint sprayer
  • Address Illegal signs placed in public right-of-ways
  • Take full advantage of the Tool Lending Program
  • Use GPS cameras
  • Assess sites for community cleanup projects

Eligibility requirements
To enroll in the program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age or older at the start of the program
  • Be a resident of the city of Phoenix
  • Successfully pass a fingerprint-based background check

For more information or to register, call 602-534-4444, email bbv@phoenix.gov or sign up online through Neighborhood College.

Training Modules

Orientation
Hear more about the benefits of being a Blight Buster volunteer and the positive impact you will be able to make in the community.  Participants also will be fingerprinted as part of the security screening background check process.  The next orientation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the NSD West Facility. 

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Module One

Learn about the city of Phoenix sign ordinance and how to address illegal signs in the community.  You also will learn about the Juvenile Probationers (JPs) monitor program, safety practices, liability coverage and information on how to become CPR certified.  Lastly, participants will learn how to use GPS cameras to effectively document graffiti in their communities.

Module Two
Participants will learn how to use the Tool Lending Program and how to effectively setup and manage a community cleanup.  They also will receive tips on dealing with the media and training on confrontation resolution.

Graduation
Program participants will receive a certificate noting their completion of the Blight Buster Volunteer Program.

How to apply for the program

Blight Buster Volunteer Training is offered once every spring and fall.  For more information, call 602-534-4444 or email bbv@phoenix.gov.  Visit us in-person at our NSD West Facility (view map).