Contributed by Jon Barth, UNI
UNI's 2014 volunteer season started with a bang last Saturday, March 29th, with Detroit Partnership Day. With the help of 101 volunteers contributing, we were able to:
Board 21 vacant, open, and dangerous homes around All Saints Neighborhood Center and Bennett Elementary School
Clear 4 alleyways of illegal dumping debris and overgrown brush
Clear Springdale Green Playlot of debris and litter
Clean the curb and front yard of vacant homes on Longworth Street
Remove 189 illegally dumped tires from the surrounding area
All in all, nearly 6 tons of garbage were removed from the community thanks to the hardworking and enthusiastic volunteers who gave 486 combined hours of community service to the day!
Saul Bravo, a local high school student and member of UNI's JP Morgan Chase Apprenticeship Program, reflected on his first volunteer cleanup experience:
"The event to me was a complete success. It shows how able we are as a whole to better our community. I got closer to my peers, and I gained insight on the effort it takes to keep our community clean."
Special thank you to all of the volunteer groups who contributed to the day's success, including University of Michigan Detroit Partnership, Harvest Mission Community Church, Barrett Paving, Boys Hope Girls Hope, UNI's Youth Advisory Board, UNI's Youth Apprenticeship Program, and resident leaders who helped supervise the day.
Stay tuned for more volunteer days, it's going to be a busy year for UNI!
To see more photos of Detroit Partnership Day in Springwells Village, click here.