Almost 260 neighborhood organizations, Detroit corporations and non-profits will host a wide series of neighborhood and park cleanups, peace walks, school fix-ups, garage sales and chorale groups to celebrate the 10th anniversary of ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day.
On Aug. 6 thousands of volunteers, backed by hundreds of organizations, will come together in every Detroit zip code to do needed community projects.
“People are coming together, meeting their neighbors and things are getting done, homes built, blight removed, gardens planted, children getting school supplies and much more,” says Luther Keith, ARISE Detroit! founder and executive director, at the Neighborhoods Day kickoff meeting in Campus Martius.
More than 10,000 volunteers will be engaged in the neighborhoods working on projects that serve the community. There will be more than 100 cleanup and beautification projects as well as dozens of gospel concerts, 1,000 boys and girls playing baseball and softball in the Detroit Tigers Hometown Championship at Stoepel Park and major art exhibitions.
“Everyone, no matter who you are or where you’re from will come together in love,” says Anika Goss-Foster, executive director of Detroit Future City, which is actively involved in ongoing projects to rebuild Detroit.
Neighborhoods Day is like a moving carnival that sweeps everyone up in an effort to promote the city and its home-grown talents. It celebrates all the great work being done every day by block clubs, churches, schools community groups and local businesses as they work together to build a better Detroit.
“The idea is that community groups throughout the city are already doing great things and on August 6, Neighborhood Day, people celebrate what they do with the help of volunteers around the region,” says Marcus Harris, operations officer for ARISE Detroit!.
One of the newest events will be anti-crime marches and rallies on Neighborhood Day, including one led by the Detroit Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
The Rippling Hope organization will send volunteers to more than 40 block clubs and community associations to make home repairs. Cooley High School alumni will join Nicole Pitts to beautify the now shuttered high school so it remains a fine looking building in its neighborhood. Lafayette Park will have a series of garage sales. The D-Town Farm will demonstrate farming in the city. Belle Isle will host its first art fair.
Churches also will play a major role in Neighborhoods Day.
“We’re making history. We’re hosting a picnic and serving free hot dogs. Our efforts will help create a place where children can grow with love, fellowship and safety,” says Pastor Annie Adams, sporting a purple banner for the Holy Ground Missionary Baptist Church.
The Detroit Public Schools will have 11 schools partnering and all 28 McDonald’s restaurants in Detroit will sell Chicken McNuggets for $1.99.
“This will literally be a day that changes Detroit,” Keith says.
Participating groups pay a $50 registration fee for a banner, T-shirts and community tool kit.
The DTE Energy Foundation is the presenting sponsor.
For more information on activities, visit www.arisedetroit.org.