‘BustUp’ Home Demolition Seeks Volunteers to Beautify Detroit Neighborhood

Motor City Connect, a business social networking engine, is joining forces with Motor City Blight Busters and WXYZ-TV for a community service event that combines a street party, social media and demolition of an abandoned home. The “BustUp” takes place Saturday, June 25.

“It’s like a Tweetup, only dirtier,” says Terry Bean, the event organizer and founder of Motor City Connect.

Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Motor City Java House, 17336 Lahser Road in Detroit and then head to the nearby demolition site, where they will work until 4 or 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

The project will be featured later as a news segment on WXYZ, Bean said. Stephen Clark, an anchor on the station and the personality behind the #backchannel tag that viewers use to communicate on Twitter, is confirmed to attend.

Participants should bring comfortable work clothes, gloves, sturdy shoes or boots and eye protection. Shovels, sledgehammers, axes, rakes and garbage bags are also good ideas.

Volunteers will also be painting murals, playing music, cleaning up and painting picket fences. “It’s all about revitalization, restabilizing and really kind of beautifying the area,” Bean says.

Those interested in helping out are asked to sign up through a Facebook events page created for the event.

“If we’re unsuccessful, we’ll have 100 (volunteers), if we’re successful, we’ll have 300, and if we knock it out of the park and get a good corporate sponsor or two, we’ll have 3,000,” Bean says.

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