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Motor City Makeover - gets a spirited kickoff - to help clean up Detroit. (WWJ: Vickie Thomas)

Motor City Makeover – gets a spirited kickoff – to help clean up Detroit. (WWJ: Vickie Thomas)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit officials are looking for volunteers to help spruce up the city.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Vickie Thomas reports that the Motor City Makeover gets underway next Saturday.

Marcus Harris, with ARISE Detroit!, is helping get the word out on the clean up effort.

“We have a mailing list of over 2000 participants, community leaders and citizens and we distribute Motor City Makeover registration to that distribution list,” said Harris. “We’ve announced to our volunteers to get involved because at the end of the day it is up to us, the citizens, to really keep the city clean.”

D’Shay Woodard is a job core student who recruited her first volunteer at the gathering: “She actually came up and asked the question, I told her we were volunteering to clean up.”

Diamond Fields is ready to do her part, “I think it really important – just to keep the air clean – and keep stuff clean, so we can be able to walk through and not look down at trash,” she said.

The first clean up will focus on the city’s east side.

The city will be cleaned by sector. Sectors 1, 2, and 3 will be cleaned on April 28; Sectors 7, 8, 9, and 10 will be cleaned on May 12; and Sectors 4, 5, and 6 will be cleaned on May 19.

Residents, business owners, houses of worship, block clubs, and schools are encouraged to:

• Call (313) 224-3450 to register to join the cleanup effort or register online HERE.
• Clean the area around their home, business, house of worship, or school on the Saturday designated for their sector.
• Organize their neighborhoods or their employees for a massive group cleanup. Volunteers can select a nearby area or call (313) 224-3450 or their local Community Access Center (CAC) for a location.
• Beautify their area by planting flowers, plants, or trees, or by removing graffiti, etc.

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