DETROIT (WXYZ) — Thousands of Detroiters will march for peace, celebrate in song, display their artistic talents, beautify their neighborhoods and promote job development during the 13th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day on Saturday, August 3, in neighborhoods across Detroit.
The event is a stunning display of community pride and work - from more than 200 organizations - that will stretch from the Detroit Riverfront to Eight Mile Road in nearly every zip code in the city, making it the largest community service day of its kind in the nation.
Since its inception in 2007, more than 2,200 community improvement projects of all kinds have been held in connection with Neighborhoods Day, propelled by thousands of residents and volunteers in virtually every neighborhood throughout the city. The day will include 126 block clubs and community associations and 32 participating churches and faith-based organizations.
HIGHLIGHTS OF ARISE DETROIT! NEIGHBORHODS DAY 2019:
- Numerous festivals, educational events, cleanup projects, garden planting, and volunteer initiatives with local businesses joining hands with city residents and suburbanites.
- Six major festivals and art fairs: Belle Isle Art Fair, Sidewalk Detroit Performing Arts Festival, Bringing in Change Festival, Sacred Heart Church Bazaar, Jazz on The Ave on Livernois and Islandview Rising by Church of The Messiah near Belle Isle. The Motown Museum will celebrate 60 years of Motown with a day of special musical performances.
- Jobs and Expungement Fair: UAW Local 22 and IBEW Local 58 are conducting a job and felony expungement fair.
- Beautification and Cleanup: There will be nearly 100 beautification and cleanup projects, highlighted by hundreds of Blue Cross Blue Shield employee volunteers "adopting" 16 Detroit public schools and several other projects.
- School Supply Giveaways: Restoring The Neighbor Back to the Hood and Detroit Unity Temple/Holistic Development Center are among the groups holding large school supply giveaways.
- Health Fairs: 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit and Hartford Memorial Church are among groups hosting health fairs.
- Urban Farming: Urban farming and gardening will take place at D-Town Farm on Detroit's west side, hosted by the Black Community Food Security Network.
- Bridging the Gap Walk: This event on the Detroit riverfront is an effort to bring together longtime Detroiters and newcomers to build understanding and promote harmonious relationships.
- Neighborhood Peace Walk: Black Family Development will conduct a peace walk on Detroit's east side.
- Beyond Neighborhoods Day: A number of events will be held later in August in connection with Neighborhoods Day, including an Obama Day celebration on August 4th, the birthday of former President Barack Obama at Bert's Market Place in Eastern Market.
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