That’s ARISE Detroit’s fifth annual Neighborhoods Day in a nutshell. If you ever wanted to roll up your sleeves and get involved on the ground in the city, this is definitely your shot on August 6.
Spearheaded by Luther Keith, a former journalist and founder of ARISE Detroit!, Neighborhoods Day has drawn the support of those within and outside the city. Thousands of volunteers will build new homes, clean up neighborhoods, hold education events and health fairs, sign up students for college scholarships, plant community gardens and much more.
“ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day was a beacon of kindness and fellowship much needed for a neighborhood trying to come back to its greatness,” said Patricia Woods, of the Arden Park East Block Club Association.
There is support for Neighborhood’s Day across the region. The creators of the Detroit Ice House are doing a new project in conjunction with the event, called the “Detroit Fire House.” What’s interesting is that children will make their own instruments … and then take them home.
Helping hands also come from places like Clinton Township, which is the home of Handyman Ministries. They’ll be coordinating with local groups to completely rehabilitate and entire block. That’s going to take more than one day (40, in fact), but that kind of regional cooperation is the kind of thing that really shows we can work together.
“We’re going to come in to one Detroit block and renovate the homes. We’re going to provide home repair to any area of the home that makes it unsafe or unhealthy for the homeowner,” said Addy.
Other Neighborhoods Day events include:
- The Gratiot Splash, which will have a symbolic “funeral” to bury violence
- Special tours of the world famous Heidelberg Project, created by urban landscape artist Tyree Guyton.
- Art and music projects, including a music exhibition involving young people building instruments from metal and glass and then performing on them
- A number of parades and a community service project and display by the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Michigan
- Parades and back to school fairs with neighborhoods groups distributing thousands of back packs and other school supplies to students
- A number of major festivals throughout the city, including events at Focus: Hope, the Arts League of Michigan, Goodwill Industries of Detroit and at Historic Fort Wayne
Organizations that signed up for Neighborhoods Day will get five free cases of Absopure water (a Michigan product) to distribute to volunteers, thanks to the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers (AFPD). It is also offering cases of water for $1.99 to the general public at their locations on Neighborhoods Day. AFPD represents 84 independent grocers within the city of Detroit.
“Independent full-service grocers are the ones who believe and have stayed with the communities through thick and thin,” said Auday Arabo, President of the Associated Food & Petroleum Dealers.
So if you want to get hands-on with Detroit and be a part of what Detroit is all about … the spirit of community…check out AriseDetroit.org (we’ve linked you straight to the volunteer form) and sign up for any one of the many opportunities to volunteer out August 6.