Mayor, community kick off Motor City Makeover, citywide spring cleaning scheduled for May 6, 13 & 20

· City also launches Serve Detroit website as new portal for Volunteer Opportunities
Mayor Mike Duggan and a host of community partners today kicked off Detroit’s annual Motor City Makeover campaign today and the city’s Northwest Activities Center. The theme for this year’s effort is “Motor City Makeover 365,” which emphasizes the City’s plan to promote and encourage cleaning, beautification and additional board ups of vacant houses throughout the year. Volunteers can sign up at www.motorcitymakeover.org, or by calling 313-224-4415.

At the announcement, the Mayor called on residents, community organizations, business owners and students to join the effort to clean the city during the first three Saturdays in May at a news conference at Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road. This year, Districts 1 and 2 will be cleaned on May 6; Districts 3, 4, and 5 will be cleaned on May 13; and Districts 6 and 7 will be cleaned on May 20.

Calling this year’s effort Motor City Makeover 365, the City plans to promote cleaning and beautification throughout the year. In addition to the citywide cleanup in May, the City will focus on:

Flower planting and beautification efforts
The City will be giving away about 1500 flats of flowers to registered community groups
In addition to community groups, the City will be working with GM Cares and Life Remodeled for large-scale board-ups of 400 vacant homes in July and early August.

Safe Routes to Schools (in coordination with United Way)
The City will work with volunteers, schools and community groups to board up homes and organize patrol group for 20 schools across all seven districts.

“Thanks to the efforts of residents, city workers and our sponsors, our city is noticeably cleaner and more beautiful,” said Mayor Duggan. “Now is the time to make sure that we are keeping up this effort throughout the year.”

A new part of the effort to sustain this good work is the launch of a new website, Serve Detroit, which provides information about for Detroit residents and others to connect with volunteer events to improve the city. This month’s featured volunteer opportunity is Motor City Makeover. By visiting www.servedetroit.org, residents can find a number of other volunteer opportunities, learn how to organize a block club, meet their Department of Neighborhoods District Manager and more.

Motor City Makeover is a bagged litter campaign. Individuals and community groups must register with the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods (DON) in order to receive a limited supply of bags and gloves, as well as information regarding special pickups of bagged litter and roll-off containers. Bagged litter will only be collected from pre-established locations.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to:
· Register online at www.motorcitymakeover.org or call (313) 224-4415 to join the effort.
· Clean around their neighborhood, business, house of worship, or school on the Saturday designated for their district.
· Organize their neighbors, members or employees for a massive cleanup. Volunteers can indicate the area they will clean when registering or call (313) 224-4415 for a location.
· Organize their neighbors to board up vacant homes in their area.
· Beautify their area by planting flowers, plants, or trees, or by removing graffiti, etc.

The scheduled cleanup dates are as follows:

Saturday, May 6
District 1
Crowell Recreation Center 16630 Lahser

District 2
Northwest Activities Center 18100 Meyers

Saturday, May 20
District 6
Patton Recreation Center 2301 Woodmere

District 7
Adams Butzel Recreation Complex 10500 Lyndon

Saturday, May 13
District 3
Farwell Recreation Center 2781 E. Outer Drive

District 4
Warren-Conner Development Coalition 4401 Conner

District 5
Recycle Here! 1331 Holden

Butzel Family Center 7737 Kercheval

In addition, volunteers may take bagged litter to any of the five drop-off locations listed below, which will be open on the three Saturday cleanup dates.

Bulk Drop-Off Locations: Limit is one cubic yard or 1,000 pounds
· Davison Yard - 8221 West Davison, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
· Southfield Yard - 12255 Southfield Road, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
· 5840 Anthon between Cavalry and Campbell, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. – Will Close June 1
· State Fair Yard - 19715 John R, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Will Close June 1
J. Fons Transfer Station - 6451 E. McNichols, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.











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