On a beautiful, sunny day Habitat for Humanity Detroit, in partnership with the Rocket Community Fund, came together to revitalize Morningside’s Grassroots Garden. More than 35 volunteers from the Rocket family of companies gave of their time and energy to assist Habitat’s staff and core volunteers with projects to enhance the existing garden space. Motown hits filled the air as volunteers and staff worked side by side on multiple projects including building benches, pulling up weeds, and laying down mulch, mulch and more mulch. One of the most impressive projects can now be seen in the southeast corner of the garden –a newly build water catch system. This structure will allow for easy rain collection that can later be utilized to water the garden plants on hot summer days.
Raised garden beds were given new life with a variety of plants and a chalkboard was installed with the hopes of inspiring residents to learn more about gardening while takingan active role in keeping up the garden. While there was plenty of hard work there were also plenty of smiles and laughter. Volunteers enjoyed a delicious boxed lunch courtesyof Motor City Casino and Habitat staff spent the day ensuring everyone stayed well-hydrated.
Through working on the Grassroots Garden project Habitat Detroit hopes to impact the Morningside neighborhood in impactful ways beyond homeownership. Habitat Detroit also enjoyed spreading the message of our mission to those who volunteered as well as to community members who stopped by to learnmore about our work.
Many thanks for their generous support are owed to the Rocket Community Fund and Motor City Casino as well as the outstanding members of the Morningside Association. Without support from sponsors and an investment from the local community Habitat Detroit’s work cannot move forward. While the volunteers planted vegetables and built useful structures, the goal was to have planted seeds of hope and help build the future of Detroit.
For more information on Habitat Detroit’s programming or ways to get involved please visit us at www.habitatdetroit.org