Thousands of volunteers team up to improve large part of Cody Rouge Community on Detroit's west side

DETROIT (WXYZ) - "We remodel lives, one neighborhood at a time," said Chris Lambert, Founder and President of Life Remodeled.

The non-profit organization is guiding an enormous effort to clean up and transform a large part of the Cody Rouge Community on Detroit's west side.

Thousands of volunteers are doing everything from picking up garbage and mowing vacant lots in the neighborhoods to installing a robotics system and new football field at Cody High School.

Companies are donating materials and labor for work that includes $150,000 in repairs to the school's roof.

The volunteer work will continue through Saturday, August 16, and their hard work will then be celebrated with a large party on Sunday, August 17. If you would like to participate, you can check-in any morning this week at the northeast corner of Cody High.

About 15,000 volunteers are expected to participate in the week-long project that will also include boarding up nearly 300 abandoned structures and rehabbing about two dozen homes, many belonging to the families of Cody High School students.

An estimated cost of all the donated materials and labor is about $5 million.


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