The Grandmont Rosedale community will team up with University of Michigan students this Saturday, March 29th from 10 – 2 PM for the 15th Annual Detroit Partnership Day, (DP Day for short). DP Day is a student-run organization that pairs student volunteers from Ann Arbor with schools and non-profit organizations in Detroit. DP Day is their biggest annual volunteer event of the year. DP Day is a great opportunity to build relationships between the U of M and Detroit communities by introducing the groups to each other through service-learning.  Rosedale Park resident and DP Day volunteer Charlotte Petnaude believes that this is the most important aspect of DP Day:  “For a lot of the students, this is their first time in Detroit.  Often the only things they know about Detroit are what they’ve heard on the news.  On DP Day we have an opportunity to show them what real Detroiters think, how real Detroiters act.  It’s a real on the job learning experience for them.”

Three sites located within Grandmont Rosedale will receive volunteers on DP Day.  Local residents are needed to work alongside the students in order to give them a great first experience in our community. Please choose a location and be a part of an excellent neighborhood tradition:

Community Garden/ Ramsay Park – 15000 Southfield Fwy.

Prepare the raised beds for spring planting at the community garden and help de-winterize Ramsey Park with general yard care in preparation for the spring.

Grandville Maintenance – 14100 Grandville Ave.

Pitch in for general vacant lot maintenance – lawn care and debris removal, along Grandville Ave. from Schoolcraft to Lyndon.

Fenkell St. Clean Sweep – 18430 Fenkell St.

Join in to clean light litter off Fenkell Street from Grand River to Evergreen.

The enthusiastic and energetic college students are devoting their Saturday to helping clean up our neighborhood, and, as Charlotte can attest, “these kids really work hard!”  Let’s show them our community spirit by turning out in large numbers on DP Day. It’s a great opportunity for building community as well as cleaning up our neighborhood.  After all, the U of M students “get a chance to meet us, and we get a chance to meet the leaders of tomorrow,” says Charlotte who will be pitching in at the Community Garden.

For more information or to RSVP as a volunteer please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Mary Lyons at or 313.387.4732 x 116.


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