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Canton Leisure Services Division

Posted on: July 27, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Volunteers Needed For Life Remodeled’s Detroit Neighborhood Clean-Up Initiative

Life Remodeled, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization, seeks to remodel lives along with neighborhoods, schools and homes utilizing a volunteer workforce. Goals for this year’s project include mobilizing 10,000 volunteers from the community and region to remove blight on 300 Detroit city blocks surrounding Denby schools and board up 300 vacant houses in six days, August 1-6, 2016. Volunteers will also remodel 50 homes in the community, as well as finalize the creation of a new park adjacent to Denby High School.

Each year, Life Remodeled selects a different Detroit neighborhood based on two criteria: significant need and radical hope. This year, the Denby neighborhood on Detroit’s northeast side has been chosen to receive substantial investment from Life Remodeled and their partners.

“We hope that a large number of Canton residents and local business representatives are able to come out and participate in Life Remodeled’s Denby Neighborhood Blight Removal and Beautification project,” stated Canton Supervisor Phil LaJoy. “This highly organized volunteer experience gives metro Detroiters an opportunity to work together to transform these neighborhoods from blight to light through volunteer-fueled determination.”

Interested participants are encouraged to volunteer for full-day, morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or afternoon (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) shifts during this special project. Volunteer activities include: moving overgrown grass and weeds; cutting brush; removing refuse; painting; and planting. Life Remodeled and its partners will provide volunteers with tools and oversight on all projects, as well as lunch. No special skills are required to volunteer, but participants must be at least 14 years of age. Project parking and check-in will take place at Eastland Center, located at 18000 Vernier Road, Harper Woods, MI, 48225; at the northwest corner of the mall facing Kelly Road.

Volunteers are asked to register online at For additional information on this special volunteer initiative, please visit or call 313/744-3052.

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