Volunteers needed for Angel's Night

DETROIT -- ARISE Detroit!, Detroit Mayor Kenneth Cockrell Jr. and former mayor Dennis W. Archer are appealing for volunteers for the Angel's Night Halloween period to keep the city free of arson fires.

Cockrel, Archer, members of ARISE Detroit! and community representatives will gather for a news conference at 2 p.m. Friday at 14825 Eastwood, near McCrary and East Seven Mile. They will be asking community members and organizations to sign up for Angel's Night.

"We believe in our community and there are hundreds of people in the neighborhood that are working every day to make it better," said Mike Fisher, president and CEO of Detroit Community Initiative, the event host. "We are asking as many community and organizations as possible to show up for our news conference and commit themselves to volunteering during the Angel's Night period in neighborhoods all over the city."

Angel's Night was formerly known as Devil's Night in the 1980s and early 1990s. Then thousands of volunteers turned out to patrol the neighborhoods to help change the name to Angel's Night under Archer's administration and to reduce the number of arsons. Angel's Night extends from Oct. 29-31.

"It's important that Detroiters continue to turn out to keep the Angel in Angel's Night," Archer said. "I'm pleased to support ARISE Detroit! in its call for Detroiters to play an active role in keeping neighborhoods safe on Angel's Night -- and continue with their can-do spirit throughout the year to help make a better Detroit."

Organizations interested in volunteering can contact their neighborhood city hall, call 313.224.4451 or register online at www.ci.detroit.mi.us/angelsnight.