Arise Detroit! Neighborhoods day: Renewing the village

DETROIT - ARISE Detroit!, a community wide call-to-action and volunteer initiative, will host a day unlike any other in the city’s history on Aug. 4 – a day focused on reconnecting families, people and neighborhoods.

Instead of all this happening at one place – such as downtown where many celebrations have been held – ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day will be a day throughout the city for city neighborhoods and people.

ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day will be a combination citywide block party, family reunion and networking affair. It will showcase the best of the spirit of Detroiters. Participating neighborhood organizations, block clubs and churches will hold games for children, neighborhood parades, health screenings, vendor fairs, and offer vendor booths so people can sign up as volunteers or learn about the many organizations working to help children and families and neighborhoods.

Neighborhood events will offer information on organizations working on anti-crime issues, education enhancement, community cleanups and health education. The purpose of Neighborhoods Day is to stimulate pride, connect people together by harkening back to the days when everyone on the block looked out for each other and their children.

Neighborhoods Day is endorsed and supported by the office of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit City Council, Wayne County Commissioners, the Wayne County prosecutor’s office and many community groups, churches and businesses.

“This is a first of its kind event to promote pride and spotlight city neighborhoods and people all over Detroit,” said Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “We are encouraging everyone to do an event, or come out to support a truly unique celebration for Detroit that will rekindle the spirit of community and working together throughout the city.”

Sponsors include Comerica Bank, The Skillman Foundation, Waste Management of Michigan, Radio One, the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club, Metro Detroit Youth Day and the Ribs ‘N’ Soul Festival.
Neighborhoods all over the city will host ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day activities. Events will be held at churches, parks, recreation centers and other community areas.

All Detroiters are encouraged to do something to bring their block or neighborhood together on Aug. 4.

Show your pride and register your block club, church, community group or business to produce an activity to be part of the historic day

To register as a host site, sponsor, or vendor go the ARISE Detroit! web site, www.arisedetroit.org Others may call Genevieve Clark, 313-921-1955 for further assistance.

ARISE DETROIT! is a coalition of more than 200 non-profits, churches, business and media partners collaborating to improve the quality of life in Detroit through volunteerism and community activism.
Our Mission Statement: To inspire a community of active engagement, personal responsibility and hope by connecting people to opportunities and resources to transform the quality of life for all Detroiters.