Earth Day, in the D
What are you doing for the Earth, this weekend?
If you’re like me, volunteering always sounds like a good idea but gets lost in execution. It’s hard to take on an extra commitment - especially on weekend mornings.
But this Saturday is Earth Day and we need to stop making excuses, and get out there, and help make the world a better place!
Treat Belle Isle to some much needed TLC this Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 and volunteer for the annual Spring Clean Up.
Belle Isle is a beautiful sanctuary, a slice of paradise in the middle of Detroit’s industrial geography.
Bring your rake, work gloves and any other cleanup supplies you might have and head to the Flynn Pavilion at 8 AM. for registration and site-assignment. Bring your friends and make new friends, you’re guaranteed to meet some quality people volunteering!
On Sunday, April 23 head to the Fresh Cut Flower Farm at 1764 W. Forest Ave. Detroit, MI 48208 from 2-6 PM to help clean up the woodlot next to the farm and renovate their perennials.
If you haven’t heard of Fresh Cut, check out their site immediately. The weekly bouquet service would be an unforgettable Mother’s Day gift.
After Earth Day, keep doing good for the ground.
Participate in the 4th Annual Hantz Foundation Tree Planting Day, on May 6th at Hutchinson Elementary located at 2600 Garland St, Detroit, MI, 48214. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Lunch and ice cream is provided, food trucks and stands will be onsite, local businesses will be showcasing products, there will be a live DJ AND face painting. Sounds like a party to me!
Get involved with an urban gardening initiative.
I recently went to Plum Street Garden’s open volunteer hours and it was cathartic. I spent two hours transplanting the tiniest baby plants imaginable into new container. It was adorable and stress relieving, 10/10 would recommend to a friend. On Tuesdays and Thursday from 5-7 PM and Fridays from 9 AM-12 PM Plum Street Garden, next to MGM Casino, hosts open volunteer hours. It’s a hassle free way to get involved with a good cause- there’s no recurring commitment and you’re free to come and go as you wish. Stop by the garden and they’ll put you to work, it’s that easy!
The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative has open volunteer hours Saturday from 10AM - 4PM at 7432 Brush St. Detroit, MI 48202. Come when you want, leave when you want. The MUFI is redeveloping a two-square block in North End, Detroit. It’s a huge project and they need your help!
Get your hands dirty and do good in the d!