Detroit once housed more than 1.8 million people. However, now with only 650,000 residents, we have a lot of vacant land -t housands of acres of overgrown brush, weeds, and run-down buildings, making certain areas not only visually disheartening but also more dangerous.
The City of Detroit’s blight removal program is second to none, and in addition, COVID-19 has brought about significant budget cuts. That being said, it is very difficult for vacant properties to be maintained weekly at this time in our city’s history, and we need the help of volunteers like you to continue investing in the neighborhoods surrounding our community center, the Durfee Innovation Society.
That being said, every year Life Remodeled mobilizes about 10,000 (now 5,000 due to COVID-19) volunteers from all types of backgrounds to bridge people across divides and unite them for one cause: to help clean up Detroit’s blighted neighborhoods through the Six Day Project.
This year, the Six Day Project is confirmed for October 5-10, 2020 ! Shift hours are from 1pm-5pm and we are prepared to mobilize a maximum of 5,000 volunteers over six days. However, in addition to community residents who are volunteering with us, we are only accepting volunteers from organizations who are mobilizing groups of at least 5 volunteers. There is no maximum number of volunteers your organization can send, because we will spread them out among several projects, while always maintaining social distancing of at least 10 feet.
Volunteers will remove blight from the front yards of vacant properties: removing debris and cutting down overgrown grass, weeds and brush. Each block will be treated as a separate project, and we will organize 10 - 30 volunteers maximum per project. If you are interested, please reach out to: email@example.com to sign up or for more information.
We exist to bridge people across divides to help transform each other’s lives - investing approximately $5 million in cash, labor and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year. Projects are determined by the community’s needs and vision, and we assist in three areas: Remodeling a community asset, repairing owner-occupied homes, and mobilizing 10,000 volunteers to beautify 300 city blocks in six days. Throughout the process of unifying for a common mission, participants begin to realize how much they respect and need each other, which is a catalyst for long-term relationships and partnerships.
Watching the news can be a painful reminder of how divided our country truly is. Race, religion and educational background are just a few divides across which we struggle to cooperate. In addition, despite sometimes living only miles apart, Americans of ample means and those living in poverty dwell in drastically different worlds. Rarely do we put forth the effort necessary to overcome the challenges of communicating and understanding one another, which cripples society’s ability to find impactful solutions.
In Metropolitan Detroit, we have witnessed well-intentioned suburban individuals and groups attempt to alleviate Detroit’s poverty crisis. We have also seen residents of the inner city make attempts to share their wealth of knowledge regarding oppressive systems that go unaddressed. Yet both are apprehensive about making the sacrifices necessary to develop meaningful relationships with one another. While financial resources are critical to urban renewal, all parties must come with the mindset that they have something to give and receive. Therefore, a different model of charity must exist where all sides are inspired to do the hard work of relationship building.
This is where Life Remodeled comes in.
Homeless & Housing
Mon Oct 05, 2020 - Sat Oct 10, 2020
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Durfee Innovation Society 2470 CollingwoodDetroit, MI48206
July 23, 2020
Driver's License Needed
Must be at least 14
Orientation or Training
4 hours plus online orientation for "Red-Shirt leaders" (very short) to keep them informed.