WXYZ Editorial: ARISE Detroit! - Register for annual spruce up of city, social-distance style!

Posted at 5:48 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 17:48:23-04

WXYZ DETROIT — The COVID-19 pandemic has presented some unusual challenges to neighborhood block clubs. But it won’t stop the can-do spirit of Detroiters. The annual Neighborhoods Day, a summertime tradition, is still a go. Saturday, August 1st, will mark the 14th consecutive year of sprucing up Michigan’s largest city.

The theme for 2020 is Stay Safe: Create in Your Space. That fits perfectly for the social-distance, call-to-action, facing Detroit this year. Luther Keith, the energetic executive director of ARISE Detroit, has a proven track record of getting things done. Each year, he motivates an army of grassroots neighbors and volunteers to come out and make their streets, homes and communities better. Now is the time to sign-up for Neighborhoods Day! Churches, block clubs and community groups are encouraged to register for a network of activities you can do safely in your own home or business.

Neighborhoods are the soul of any city. We know there are hundreds of community organizations that work hard all year long to improve the areas where people live, work and play. But setting aside a special day to drive home the importance of community beautification projects has its own charm and long-lasting impact. ARISE is a firm believer that all neighborhoods can be made cleaner and safer.

Clearly, the finances and volunteer base of many block clubs have been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. But it’s also clear these groups want quality of life in their communities.

We encourage you to register for Detroit Neighborhoods Day. Just go to the link we provide on

People, working together even with social-distance, can make a big difference!

I’m Mike Murri, V.P. & General Manager
Broadcast: June 25 - 28, 2020