Volunteers needed for 7th annual Arise Detroit! Neighborhoods Day

Event expected to showcase more than 100 activities

DETROIT - Organizers of ARISE Detroit! are seeking volunteer groups for its seventh annual Neighborhoods Day, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 3.

According to the group, Neighborhoods Day is a demonstration of community pride that has attracted thousands of volunteers and generates more than 100 community service and improvement projects, as well as celebratory events in more than 100 neighborhoods.

The volunteer groups organize a variety of activities, including cleanup projects, building new housing, back-to-school fairs, garage sales, community art displays, church programs, health fairs, youth concerts, parades, anti-crime events and volunteer recruitment.

"The goal of Neighborhoods Day is to create an opportunity to showcase pride and spirit in Detroit and forge relationships that can help improve the quality of life for residents," said Luther Keith, Executive Director of ARISE Detroit! "This is truly a people's event. The residents decide what they want to do in their communities and we help them organize and promote their events."

The organization says Quicken Loans is the title sponsor of this year's Neighborhoods Day and will have more than 1,000 team members volunteering during the event.

ARISE Detroit! will also partner again this year with Detroit Public Schools and encourage businesses and organizations to adopt schools for community service projects on Neighborhoods Day.

Volunteer groups can register now for this year's event at arisedetroit.org or by calling 313-921-1955.

For a registration fee of $50, the organization says groups will receive a custom-made banner promoting their event, ARISE Detroit! t-shirts, a resource toolkit containing information on community services, and inclusion in the marketing and promotion of Neighborhoods Day.

The registration deadline is July 15 and all registered events will be posted online at arisedetroit.org.

Last year, approximately 200 events were held on ARISE Detroit's Neighborhoods Day. According to the organization, the entire city was engaged in activities, stretching from the riverfront to Eight Mile Road.

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