ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day is an annual showcase for Detroit and the best it has to offer all throughout the city. This year residents, block clubs and community organizations will unite once again to display their pride and commitment to the Motor City which has many jewels both nationally known and some tucked away from tourists' view.
Luther Keith, Executive Director of ARISE Detroit! also encourages everyone to celebrate the community spirit of Detroit Saturday evening at Hart Plaza when there will be special presentations in conjunction with the 15th Annual Ribs 'n' Soul Festival.
"ARISE" stands for Activating and Resources and Inspiring Service and Empowerment.
Commenting on the 2009 event, JaDonna Dingus said: “It was just community people coming together to have a good time.” Ms. Dingus is a coordinator of the event in partnership with Alan Dozier of Communities in Schools of Detroit and the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan.
“We have started a community conversation about making the community better,” she said. “We have started to build a relationship of trust and authenticity to further engage folks.”
The 2009 event sparked initiative in many residents, volunteers and community organizations. Friends Schools distributed information concerning the Riverfront Village Project Education Collaboration of 11 lower east side schools.The Friends School event was one of more than 140 programs and activities tied to the Neighborhoods Day.
Community groups participating include Goodwill Industries of Detroit, Skillman Foundation Good Neighborhoods Initiative (which hosted events in all 6 of their "Skillman Good Neighborhoods"), Community Service Coalition, Accounting Aid Society, THAW, DTE Energy, Dearborn Village Community Credit Union, State Rep. Rashida Talib, National Community Development Institute, Henry Ford Health Systems and Covenant Community Care and Habitat for Humanity.
For more information and interactive maps, visit: http://www.arisedetroit.org/