Motor City Makeover 365

     As a part of MCM365, Rescue MI Nature NOW, Inc. has partnered the long standing community organization, Keep It Clean Block Club to help accomplish community clean up efforts this year. These clean up efforts were led by our very own, Farm & Finance Youth Leaders, see them in action below.

     This project is very dear to the community’s heart because for over 30 years, this service street has been neglected and the site for dumping activities. This street remains one of the biggest priorities for the neighborhood, because hardly anyone is tending to it. Grass has been left unmanaged, tree brush is overgrown, and trash continues to be littered along the street.

     Thus our partnership with Keep It Clean Block Club and our initiative to “Rescue” this service street and “Keep It Clean”. This block club is actively involved in the community and acts as the voice for the neighbors. Their assistance with community engagement, allowed us to target an area that would have the largest impact on the nearby residents.

     The success for this project was largely dependent on the partnership between not only RMNN and Keep It Clean Block Club, but also with our District 3 Managers, Ernest Johnson and Kayana Sessoms. These City Leaders have extended support to both Keep It Clean Block Club and Rescue MI Nature NOW, Inc. in order to keep the community safe and clean as well as improve the quality of life for the residents.

     Motor City Makeover provided the perfect platform to launch RMNN’s and Keep It Clean Block Club’s Remington Project. Using the resources provided for MCM, we launched The Remington Project May 15, 2021, as apart of District 3’s Motor City Makeover. Crews led by Farm & Finance Youth Leaders, took to the street and as a result we:

-Removed littered trash alongside and embedded in berms 

-Trimmed overgrown tree branches and tree brush

-Cleared sidewalks of all debris making it accessible

-Cut overgrown grass along berms

-Removed 4 dumped tires

-Swept and cleared debris along curbs

-Completely filled 2 recycling bins with dumped recyclable material

-Completely filled 1 full trash bin with miscellaneous littered waste

-Completely filled 8 contractor bags with dumped trash

-Completely filled 6 lawn refuse bags with cleared leaves, branches, and brush

     After the initial clean up effort, we began to receive a lot of positive feedback from the community. It makes all the work worth it when the community shows true appreciation for the efforts made. While the “Thank You!” and “Great Work!” compliments were appreciated, even more what we love is that the community has started to use this service street again. Shortly after we saw an influx of residents and visitors walking, jogging and biking. While we did get much accomplished, there is still much work to be done. This is why we have decided that The Remington Project will be an ongoing collaboration, embracing the MCM365 meaning!

Check out the Transformation!

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Brodrick Willis

Board of Directors - Treasurer

Brodrick Wilks is Series 6/63 Financial Securities licensed with FINRA; Recent University of Michigan graduate with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration; coordinated with Brilliant Detroit to host 30 Axiom student volunteers in August 2019 where they helped transform vacant lots by beautifying and cleaning up a green space and removing overgrown tree brush and weeds from community garden.