Volunteers clean up NW Detroit neighborhood
Nearly 100 volunteers from Detroit Manufacturing Systems collected debris, mowed lawns, pruned shrubs and boarded up abandoned structures Thursday in
the city's northwest-side neighborhood next to Brightmoor.
The event, a partnership with the nonprofit Brightmoor Alliance and local churches, dates to 2012 and its part of the auto supplier's "Doing My Share" initiative, in which employees help with service projects for their community.
The volunteers worked in shifts, sometimes taking breaks in the shade to cope with the hot, humid conditions.
Tameka Thompson has been working for DMS for six years and was part of the first Community Clean-up event in the neighborhood, where the company has its headquarters and a manufacturing plant. She said the number of volunteers has grown steadily since then.
Thompson and her fellow volunteers spent the morning and early afternoon picking up trash, raking yards and pulling weeds, among other jobs.
"We have to give back," Thompson said. "We have to do our part."
DMS human resources director Monica Brand, who helped organize the event, said the company wants to help the community by providing jobs but also by providing needed services.
"We don't just want to be a manufacturing plant; we want to show our involvement in the community," she said. "We want to serve the community we reside in. We want to show them that we care; we care about how it looks."
Craig Leek, DMS plant manager, said one of the biggest jobs was helping out with residents' lawns.
"This is an opportunity for people to upgrade their overall environment," he said. "It ingrains a sense of pride and shows the community we're here to give back."