将近200名澳门黄金城赌城官网的学生, 工作人员, faculty and alumni are taking on various community service projects this Saturday during the quarterly Service Saturday.
With community vitality as one of the University’s Pillars of Success, the Kettering community is taking its customary hands-on approach for this event, which is also a part of new student orientation.
“Service Saturday represents an intentional effort to demonstrate that the University is committed to being a good neighbor and to playing an active role in supporting Flint’s revitalization. 同样重要的是, it demonstrates to 学生 that wherever they go as leaders in their respective industries, it is vitally important to be in tune with the community and be a force for good,杰克·斯托克说, 对外关系总监. “It is a lesson in civics that says Kettering’s problem-solvers want to be a part of the solution wherever we go.”
本周六最新, 学生 will work on exterior projects such as landscaping, gutter repairs and garage cleanouts for residents of the Mott Park neighborhood.
“Mott Park is an intergenerational neighborhood. 我们有家庭, 学生, 退休人员等等,Chad Schlosser说, President of the Mott Park Neighborhood Association. “Our retirees are not wealthy, and many might exist on Social Security. These are people who generally don’t utilize our park and may not really be impacted by the projects the 学生 have helped with at the park. So we wanted to bring it closer to home and be a blessing to those most in need.”
7月, as 学生 were clearing overgrown sidewalks, multiple neighbors came out to thank them, Schlosser说. That spawned the idea to have a more direct impact on the residents of the neighborhood.
Schlosser used social media to pinpoint which neighbors had the greatest need. He posted a photo from the July event on the association’s 脸谱网 page, asking who needed the 学生 to help at their homes. 七个邻居立即报名.
Schlosser说 that represents capacity for this event but hopes to do similar 事件 like this in the future.
The University volunteers also will work with the Flint Children’s Museum, Mott Park Recreation Association and the Flint River Watershed Coalition on various projects. In addition, 学生 will cover graffiti throughout the University Avenue Corridor.
The University has organized Service Saturday 事件 for at least a decade.
Past projects included cleaning up blighted city lots, 为居民粉刷房屋, 弗林特河清理工作, 植树, 修复墓地, 建筑场地, working on the grounds of Durant-Tuuri Mott Elementary 和更多的.
Service Saturday is just one part of the University’s commitment to the community.
In 2022, the 大学大道走廊联盟 (UACC) turned 10. The coalition's footprint is McLaren Flint on the west to the University of Michigan-Flint on the east and from Hurley Medical Center/Whaley Children’s Center on the north to the Flint River and Chevy Commons on the south.
自UACC成立以来, more than 340 cleanup projects have been completed, 数百所房屋已经修复, more than a dozen houses have been painted 和更多的 than 500 lights for community safety have been installed. Crime hot spots have been cut in half, and the coalition’s membership has increased 340%.
也是在那段时间里, the University razed more than 70 blighted properties in the corridor and rebuilt others. 最重要的项目包括:
- Transforming a former convenience store at the corner of University and Chevrolet across the street from Kettering’s 校园 Center into Einstein Bros. 百吉饼和弗林特警察服务中心.
- Replacing a former party store and dilapidated homes at North Grand Traverse and University Avenue with a commercial building that now houses Jimmy John’s and Little Caesars Pizza.
- Taking ownership of historic 阿特伍德球场 from the City of Flint, ensuring its focus remained as a community-focused site for high school and professional sports, 事件, 和更多的. Upgrades to the structure and seating were made, along with the addition of new turf—the same type of turf used at Ford Field and Michigan Stadium.