Working Together in Banglatown

Global Detroit, Popps Packing, Muslim Family Services and Detroit HOPE Center hosted a neighborhood cleanup on Saturday May 13th. Residents, community members and community organizations pitched in to clean up an area of Banglatown. This effort was in conjunction with the Motor City Makeover, an annual event for residents and community groups to work together to clean up their neighborhoods. Beginning May 6 and continuing throughout the month, a different Council District was targeted for cleanup each weekend. This year’s “Motor City Makeover 365” theme emphasized year-round beautification efforts.

The morning started with a community breakfast led by Muslim Family Services. Volunteers got to know each other better over pancakes, waffles and great weather. Br. Khalid Iqbal kicked things off and encouraged participants to get to know one another, make new friends and to “Make America Beautiful Again.” The group spread out to three work sites in the Banglatown neighborhood to clear alleyways, pull weeds and remove trash. We ended the day with a picnic and celebrated our progress by relaxing and sharing lunch.

By working together we were successful in beautifying streets, clearing alleyways, making new friends and enjoying a beautiful spring day. Global Detroit appreciates the hard word and effort of residents, community groups and our volunteers. We look forward to working with Banglatown residents and community groups on replicating this effort and continuing to work together to make over our neighborhood for the community.

In Detroit, as in the rest of the nation, we all thrive if immigrants and the people already established in the community work together to solve problems. Since June is National Immigrant Heritage month, we’re excited to continue our work in Banglatown and other Opportunity Neighborhoods.

By Jenaba Kamara, engagement specialist, Global Detroit

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