Grassroots Detroit: A directory of local groups making a difference

Grassroots Detroit: A directory of local groups making a difference wanted to put up an version of this so that you can just click the links! This is taken from the back of Critical Moment, “news, analysis, and culture from southeast michigan”. This is part of an initiative to list volunteer opportunities in Detroit! If you would like to include yours add it to the comments below!

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Urban Neighborhood Initiative

5E Gallery: An outlet for the Detroit art and music communities whose mission is to increase public awareness of the visual arts, music and community through exhibitions and educational programs.

American Indian Health and Family Services: A1HFS is a non-profit health center serving the Native American community of Southeastern Michigan. Their mission is to help ensure the survival of Native American families and individuals.

Catholic Worker Dayhouse: Community devoted to nonviolence, voluntary poverty, prayer and hospitality for the homeless, exiled, hungry and forsaken.

Centro Obrero: Detroit Latino Workers Center: A center for workers, by workers – grassroots initiative to empower workers and communities to confront their adverse conditions.

Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality: This coalition seeks to mobilize a powerful, visible local, national and international protest against brutality and institutional violence. They aim to unite and support those most directly affected by police brutality and to involve other sectors of society in that fight.

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network & D-Town Farms: Nonprofit, grassroots, community organization whose aim is to change our thinking about food, where it comes from, and who controls it. D-Town Farms is a 2 acre model urban farm in Northwestern Detroit.

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The Hub/Back Alley Bikes

Detroit Evolution: Vegan and Raw Food Classes, Healthy Local/Organic Catering, Yoga, Bodywork, Nutritional Counseling and Sustainable Lifestyle Training. A community-focused, healthy and incredibly tasty alternative for the people of Detroit.

Detroit Sierra Club: Environmental group whose purpose is to explore, protect and educate people about the natural world.

Detroit Summer: A multi-racial, multi-generational collective working to transform themselves and their communities as they face problems with creativity and critical thinking,

Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival: They produce the annual Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival and facilitate programs to empower, educate, and entertain,

Digital Justice Coalition: DJC is comprised of people and organizations in Detroit who believe that communication is a fundamental human right. They are securing that right through activities that are grounded in the digital justice principles of: access, participation, common ownership, and healthy communities.

East Michigan Environmental Action Council (EMEAC): “…to protect and restore land, air, water, and diversity of life through Informed personal and public action.

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Freedom House: Freedom House is a temporary home for survivors of persecution from around the world seeking legal asylum in the U.S. & Canada.

Friends of the Detroit River: This group envisions an ever improving quality of life for people, plants and animals in southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario through development of a balance of grass roots advocacy and staffed programs f that watches and protects the Detroit River.

Growing Hope: Helping people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access. Growing Hope fosters learning, improves nutrition, encourages self-reliance, and promotes positive community futures.

Hannan House: Enhancing the quality of life for senior citizens in Metropolitan . Detroit by identifying their unmet physical, social and financial needs, maintaining facilities and creating programs that both address these needs and preserve the dignity of seniors.

Hope Clinic: Hope Clinic provides compassionate and practical help to those in need. They offer medical care and dental care to the uninsured, plus a variety of social services to minister to the whole person.

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United Peace Relief

The Hub: A full-service bicycle shop servicing the Cass Corridor and greater Detroit. All profits from the shop support youth and educational programming provided by The Hub non-profit in the form of Back Alley Hikes programming, and outreach youth and educational partnerships in the community.

The Hush House: The Hush House offers leadership training, programs for homeless and low income families, space for community meetings and operates a community black world history museum.

Jobs with Justice: JWJ engages workers and allies in campaigns to win justice in workplaces and in communities where working families live.

Matrix Theatre Company: New art and culture is created everyday..with people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. On the front lines of cultural change for years, Matrix changes lives and communities.

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI): A multinational, multi-racial coalition of Detroit area activists opposed to the US wars at home and abroad, racism, sexism, anti-LBGT bigotry and other forms of injustice.

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization: Union for low income people. Open to all.

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Matrix Theatre Company

Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs: A coalition of grassroots activists and organizations, union and religious leaders, farmers, politicians, and concerned citizens from across Michigan that formed in 2008 to fight for the passage of a Senate Bill to stop all mortgage foreclosures and evictions for two years.

Open Technology Initiative: OTI is committed to maximizing the potential of innovative, open technologies through studying their social and economic impacts -particularly for poor, rural, and other underserved constituencies.

Palestine Cultural Office: A non-profit organization that provides support for and promotes greater awareness and understanding of issues concerning Palestinian people and culture.

Pan African News Wire: The Pan-African News Wire is an international electronic press service designed to foster intelligent discussion on the affairs of African people throughout the continent and the world.

Real Media: A multi-media program that takes place in Southwest Detroit at various schools.

Rosa Parks Children/Youth Program: Located at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen on Detroit’s east side. Alterschool program offering art therapy, tutoring, teen support groups, Women’s Justice Circle, Peace Camp and Garden Club.

Ruth Ellis Center: Ruth Ellis Center is the only mission specific agency in the entire Midwest dedicated to LGBTQ, (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-attractional, Transgender and Questioning) youth. The Center provides residential and drop-in programs.

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Ruth Ellis Center and Detroit Summer

Trumbullplex: Radical housing collective and showspace founded in 1993 located at 4210 Trumbull Ave. Mission to create a positive environment for revolutionary change in which economic and social relationships are based on mutual aid and the absence of hierarchy.

United Peace Relief Detroit: Mobile emergency disaster relief in Detroit.

Urban Neighborhoods Initiative: Serves low income urban communities through both human and community development.

Urban Network: A community space, where community members can participate in workshops, book discussions, movie screenings, and much more. The shop is entirely committed to putting the neighbor back into the ‘hood’.

Central United Methodist: 23 East Adams,
King Solomon Baptist Church: 4638 4th St
Spirit of Hope Church: 1519 MLK, Jr. Dr.
Stillpoint Zen Temple: 4347 Trumbull Ave.
St. Peter’s Episcopal church: 1950 trumbull, Detroit
Greater Mt. Tabor Baptist Church: 7345 W Chicago, Detroit
The Muslim Center: 1605 West Davison,
Isaac Agre Downtown Synagogue: 1457 Griswold.