The Call to Action is a 30-day sprint towards 10,000 new volunteer hours in the city of Detroit. It's just one part of WDET's efforts to support a rational, inclusive civil society. From our studios, we observe, we report and we convene hundreds of conversations a week. The heavy gravity of need and soaring lift of possibility is an essential truth of life in this region. Detroit's path forward is not obvious, but one thing is very clear: more committed action by more individuals toward the greatest good will make a difference. Learn more about us and our work at wdet.org.
What to do? There's no wrong answer, just pick your passion and then commit. When we asked over 2,000 SE Michigan residents what it would take to get them to move to Detroit they said they wanted to see 1) a safer city with 2) better city services, 3) more stable neighborhoods and 4) better schools. When you partner with one of these organizations you make a difference today and you make a better future for everyone in Detroit.
This is intended to be the largest single source of Detroit volunteer opportunities on the web. This site is a community service built using open data from the United Way and other sources. That said, it's a work in progress and is not 100% complete. That's where you come in. If you know of a charity or organization that is not on the list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tell us below.
While WDET supports volunteer efforts throughout the Metro Detroit, the inclusion of organizations outside of the city limits goes beyond the original scope for this project. If we pursue further iterations of this project, and there is a demand in the community for building a bigger map, we would likely expand our scope to encompass the entire region.
WDET's Call to Action logged 6,096 hours from 404 people in 30 days. That translates to 254 days of continuous volunteer time.
We are humbled, thrilled and deeply appreciative of the opportunity to act as the organizer of this effort. Of course, it's the volunteers and their partnering organizations that are the real heroes - so congratulations one and all!
What next? Let's do it again, but bigger and better! What if there were a Call To Action 2.0? WDET is taking lessons we've learned from the Call To Action and turning it up a notch. Check out this proposal we entered into the Knight News Challenge. The Detroit Life Map is a digital mapping tool that provides low income families with free access to essential information about life services. You can help get this project funded when you like it, share it and provide your feedback on the app page.
Thanks again and please keep leaning in to make a difference. Every organization in the Call to Action would love to hear from you.
March 23, 2012