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SOURCE ARISE Detroit!
Despite city's challenges, Hundreds of Community Organizations, Thousands of People will pitch in to help Motown
8th Annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day
Saturday, August 2, 2014
DETROIT, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a breathtaking example of community pride, more than 100 neighborhoods and thousands of volunteers will participate in the 8th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day on Saturday, August 2, 2014.
Nearly 200 events and activities are expected to take place throughout Detroit, stretching from the riverfront to the city's boundary at Eight Mile Road. There will be festivals, educational events, cleanup projects, garden planting, and volunteer initiatives with local businesses joining hands with city residents and suburbanites. More than 40 churches and faith-based institutions will participate, along with scores of block clubs, community organizations and small businesses.
"With so much focus on improving the city's neighborhoods, Neighborhoods Day is the perfect expression of the pride and perseverance of residents who have never given up on their city," said Luther Keith, ARISE Detroit! executive director. "We want the nation and the world to see this engaged, hopeful and committed side of Detroit on August 2."
ARISE Detroit! is partnering with Detroit Public Schools to invite local businesses and community organizations to "adopt" 21 schools for Neighborhoods Day. The volunteers are being encouraged to create "safe school" routes in blighted neighborhoods and perform various school renovation and beautification projects. Organizations interested in adopting schools should contact ARISE Detroit! at 313-921-1955. Churches, block clubs, community groups and businesses can register at www.arisedetroit.org. The $50 registration fee includes custom made banners with the organization's name, t-shirts, cleanup bags, and marketing support. The registration deadline is July 14.
Major Sponsors for Neighborhoods Day: Detroit Future City, Quicken Loans, Meijer, Strategic Staffing Solutions, DTE Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Skillman Foundation, Comerica Bank, PNC Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, DMC, MGM Grand Detroit, LISC, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Health Alliance Plan, Henry Ford Health System, St. John Providence Health System, Waste Management of Michigan, Starr Commonwealth, Black United Fund, First Merit Bank, the Chrysler Group, the Michigan Chronicle, MyTV20, Radio One, WWJ Radio, Comcast/NBC Universal, CVS/Caremark.
ARISE Detroit! is a coalition of more than 400 community groups, churches, block clubs, and businesses promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to create a better Detroit.
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