Here's a chance to help beautify Detroit.
Block clubs, churches and community groups are invited to register for the 15th annual ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day on Saturday, Aug. 7.
Groups select their own projects -- blight removal and beautification of homes and businesses including painting, mowing lawns and planting trees, flowers and shrubs. There also will be art, music festivals, school supply giveaways and more.
ARISE Detroit! is a nonprofit coalition of more than 400 organizations promoting volunteerism and community activism.
Groups can register for $25 at the ARISE site. The deadline is July 15. Registered groups will get custom-made banners with the names of their organizations, cleanup bags for blight removal projects and marketing support.
Participants' projects are listed here so people can contact registered groups on the website to volunteer.
For a second year, the event will emphasize state, local and federal safety protocols due to the pandemic, including vaccinations for volunteers and mask wearing and social distancing for those not vaccinated.
"With the state’s announcement of the easing and lifting of many restrictions, particularly for outdoor events, and with more people getting vaccinated, we expect more Detroiters will want to be part of Neighborhoods Day this year," executive director Luther Keith says in a statement.