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Detroit Seeks Volunteers For ‘Motor City Makeover’ In May

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Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speaks at a news conference announcing the 2014 Motor City Makeover at Palmer Park in Detroit. (credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ)

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speaks at a news conference announcing the 2014 Motor City Makeover at Palmer Park in Detroit. (credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – City of Detroit leaders are calling on volunteers to help in the annual spring cleaning event in May.

Mayor Mike Duggan launched the Motor City Makeover Campaign at Palmer Park Wednesday, on Detroit’s west side.

“If you don’t like the way your neighborhood looks, this is your change to do something about it,” the mayor said. “If you come out and volunteer, if your neighborhood group comes out and volunteers, this city will provide the dumpster.

“The city has more than 25,000 trash bags. We’ve got gloves and equipment. We’ll support you,” he said.

Palmer Park in Detroit. (credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ)

Palmer Park in Detroit. (credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ)

More than 70 neighborhood groups have already signed up to volunteer for the cleanup, which will take place  the first three Saturdays in May:   May 3, 10, and 17.

“Nobody’s coming to bail us out,” said Duggan. “Ya know, nobody’s gonna do it for us. And we’ve taken an approach from day one saying we’re going to have to solve our own problems.”

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Stephanie Davis spoke with Tom McGrial of Motor City Electric in Detroit, which is one of the sponsors.

“Every year we’ve participated with our employees,” he said. “Our offices is on Grinnell Street. We get about a hundred people together and we clean up about a half-a-mile of Grinnell Street, from end to end.”

For more information or to volunteer, call 313-224-4415 or 800-649-3777,  or check out the website HERE.

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