Neighborhoods Day celebrates all the great work block clubs, churches, schools community groups and local businesses do throughout the year in the effort to create a better Detroit. Neighborhoods Day events are held all over the city on the same day, from midtown to downtown, from the west side to the east side.
WHAT TYPE OF EVENT SHOULD I HAVE?
Whatever shows off the work and serves the needs of your neighborhood or organization – such as community cleanups, parades, work shops on various issues, youth events and concerts, volunteer signups for community programs, health fairs, garage sales, picnics, etc.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE A LARGE EVENT?
No. Do whatever works best for your situation. Some events have had several hundred people or over 1,000, some 20 to 50. The size of the event is not as important as demonstrating your desire to be connected to other Detroiters who share a common spirit for a better community.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There is a $50 registration fee. You will receive a Neighborhoods Day banner, T-shirts and a “community tool kit,” of neighborhood services, vouchers for supplies for your beautification projects. ARISE Detroit! also will assist in identifying potential vendors for your event if you wish. Registration deadline is July 5, 2016.
HOW WILL I RAISE MONEY TO HOST MY EVENT?
ARISE Detroit! does not make grants, but many groups obtain funding from their community businesses and organizations that are eager to support groups that support them throughout the year.
WILL MY EVENT RECEIVE MEDIA COVERAGE?
Some events will receive media coverage, but we cannot guarantee it for all events. However, ARISE Detroit! promotes all the events to the local media and all events will be posted on our website map.
TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL NEIGHBORHOODS DAY EVENT
START EARLY/REGISTER EARLY: The more time you can devote to planning, the better it will be. The registration deadline is July 5, so if you are interested, register on our website, www.arisedetroit.org, or by hard copy as soon as possible!
GET YOUR NEIGHBORS INVOVLED/COLLABORATE WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS: Don’t try to do to much by yourself. Contact your neighbors, churches, community organizations that you have relationships with and ask them to be part of your event.
BUILD IN SUCCESS: If you are trying to attract a certain number of people, why not get a commitment from a church group, social organization or block club to have on of their events – and send their supporters – to your event. That way you have a guaranteed audience in addition to whomever else you might attract.
DO COMMUNITY/MEDIA OUTREACH: If you can, develop flyers and do an email campaign in your neighborhood. Get your information published in local church bulletins. Send press releases about your event to local media. Also send them to ARISE Detroit! so we can help publicize your event.
DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL: If you already have a program or activity that you are already doing each summer or fall, such as feeding the homeless each Saturday, or a back-to-school event just plug that program into Neighborhoods Day.
LARGE OR SMALL IS GOOD: Don’t feel compelled to have a huge event if it doesn’t fit your budget or resources; Do what works best for you. You can do a neighborhood Lemonade stand if you wish, just something to show you care.
NEED HELP WITH VENDORS? Each group determines its own vendor procedures, but ARISE Detroit! will assist in identifying vendors if you wish. Call us at 313-921-1955 or email at email@example.com.
HAVE A RAIN PLAN: Neighborhoods Day will be a great event, rain or shine, but if it rains have a backup plan – date or indoor location – for your activity
THANKS FOR BEING PART OF THIS GREAT DAY FOR DETROIT
TELL US ABOUT OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT SHOULD BE PART OF NEIGHBORHOODS DAY. CALL 313-921-1955, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.