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Mayor, Community Partners Kick off Motor City Makeover 365, Emphasize Year-Round Cleanup and Beautification Efforts

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Mayor, Community Partners Kick off Motor City Makeover 365, Emphasize Year-Round Cleanup and Beautification Efforts

  • Citywide Spring Cleaning dates scheduled for May 6, 13 & 20
  • City also launches Serve Detroit website as new portal for Volunteer Opportunities

Mayor Mike Duggan and a host of community partners today kicked off Detroit’s annual Motor City Makeover campaign today and the city’s Northwest Activities Center.  The theme for this year’s effort is “Motor City Makeover 365,” which emphasizes the City’s plan to promote and encourage cleaning, beautification and additional board ups of vacant houses throughout the year.  Volunteers can sign up at www.motorcitymakeover.org, or by calling 313-224-4415.

At the announcement, the Mayor called on residents, community organizations, business owners and students to join the effort to clean the city during the first three Saturdays in May at a news conference at Northwest Activities Center, 18100 Meyers Road.   This year, Districts 1 and 2 will be cleaned on May 6; Districts 3, 4, and 5 will be cleaned on May 13; and Districts 6 and 7 will be cleaned on May 20.  

Calling this year’s effort Motor City Makeover 365, the City plans to promote cleaning and beautification throughout the year. In addition to the citywide cleanup in May, the City will focus on:


Flower planting and beautification efforts
The City will be giving away about 1500 flats of flowers to registered community groups


In addition to community groups, the City will be working with GM Cares and Life Remodeled for large-scale board-ups of 400 vacant homes in July and early August.


Safe Routes to Schools (in coordination with United Way)
The City will work with volunteers, schools and community groups to board up homes and organize patrol group for 20 schools across all seven districts.


“Thanks to the efforts of residents, city workers and our sponsors, our city is noticeably cleaner and more beautiful,” said Mayor Duggan.  “Now is the time to make sure that we are keeping up this effort throughout the year.”

Serve Detroit – New Online Volunteer Portal

A new part of the effort to sustain this good work is the launch of a new website, Serve Detroit, which provides information about for Detroit residents and others to connect with volunteer events to improve the city.  This month’s featured volunteer opportunity is Motor City Makeover.  By visiting www.servedetroit.org, residents can find a number of other volunteer opportunities, learn how to organize a block club, meet their Department of Neighborhoods District Manager and more.


For this year’s campaign, the City already has raised $51,750 in cash donations and $22,500 from in-kind donations from area companies.  Adient, which recently announced plans to establish its new global headquarters in Detroit, is the title sponsor with a $10,000 donation. 

“Adient is proud to be the platinum sponsor for this dynamic event supporting the city’s neighborhoods. This will be the first of many ways our company and our employees will contribute to the city which will become our global home in 2019. Our employees have a long history of dedicating their time and effort to worthy causes and are excited to participate with our new neighbors in Adient’s new Detroit community,” said Neil Marchuk, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Adient.

Other sponsors include: Adamo Group, Advanced Disposal, American Axle, Bell Equipment, Fiat Chrysler, Flex N Gate, GFL Environmental USA, Giorgi Concrete, Greektown Casino, Homrich Wrecking, Ilitch Holdings, Major Cement, Marathon Petroleum, Meijer, Motor City Electric, Republic Services, Skillman Foundation, Operating Engineers Local 324, TMC Alliance LLC and UAW Region 1A.  Any organization or company that would like to donate to Motor City Makeover should call (313) 224-3400.

2016 Mcm By The Numbers

  • Individual Volunteers – 8800
  • Total Number of Groups Participating – 333
  • Tons of Trash Collected – 2250
  • Number of Tires Collected – 8000
  • Number of Locations Cleaned – 350
  • Houses Boarded Up – 101
  • Bags Distributed – 8000
  • Money Raised - $35,000

How To Get Involved

Motor City Makeover is a bagged litter campaign. Individuals and community groups must register with the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods (DON) in order to receive a limited supply of bags and gloves, as well as information regarding special pickups of bagged litter and roll-off containers. Bagged litter will only be collected from pre-established locations.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to:

  • Register online at www.motorcitymakeover.org or call (313) 224-4415 to join the effort.
  • Clean around their neighborhood, business, house of worship, or school on the Saturday designated for their district.
  • Organize their neighbors, members or employees for a massive cleanup.  Volunteers can indicate the area they will clean when registering or call (313) 224-4415 for a location.
  • Organize their neighbors to board up vacant homes in their area.
  • Beautify their area by planting flowers, plants, or trees, or by removing graffiti, etc.

The scheduled cleanup dates are as follows:

Saturday, May 6
District 1
Crowell Recreation Center
16630 Lahser

District 2
Northwest Activities Center
18100 Meyers

Saturday, May 20
District 6
Patton Recreation Center
2301 Woodmere

District 7
Adams Butzel Recreation Complex
10500 Lyndon

Saturday, May 13
District 3
Farwell Recreation Center
2781 E. Outer Drive

District 4
Samaritan Center
5555 Conner

District 5
Recycle Here!
1331 Holden

Butzel Family Center
7737 Kercheval

In addition, volunteers may take bagged litter to any of the five drop-off locations listed below, which will be open on the three Saturday cleanup dates.

Bulk Drop-Off Locations:  Limit is one cubic yard or 1,000 pounds

  • Davison Yard - 8221 West Davison, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Southfield Yard - 12255 Southfield Road, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • 5840 Anthon between Cavalry and Campbell, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. – Will Close June 1
  • State Fair Yard - 19715 John R, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Will Close June 1
  • J. Fons Transfer Station - 6451 E. McNichols, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

MCM 2017 News Conference Run of Show


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