Neighborhood Enrichment holds dinner fundraiser April 19

By Andy Kozlowski
C&G Staff Writer

HAZEL PARK Like many inner-ring suburbs in Metro Detroit, Hazel Park was hit hard during the recent recession.

In its favor has been a small but dedicated group of about 12 residents who refused to let tough times translate into apathy and neglect.

Hazel Park Neighborhood Enrichment first formed in the summer of 2004, with the goal of beautifying the city.

We want to upgrade and uplift, said Ron Cunningham, a Hazel Park resident and long-time member of Neighborhood Enrichment. The city wont get bigger were landlocked so we have to work on quality and make sure people have pride.

To this end, they’ve planted flowers and trees throughout the city and in the parks, including hazelnut bushes at City Hall and the library, and maple trees in Scout Park.

Beautification awards are distributed to well-kept yards in the summertime, and city-wide garden tours are held to appreciate the artistry of local green thumbs.

Hazel Parks first community garden formed at Kennedy Park with Neighborhood Enrichments supervision. They also contributed Christmas lights to City Hall, as well as the first sculpture at the new Art Garden near Dairy Park on John R.

In addition, theyve donated to the Promise Zone, which provides college scholarships to graduates of Hazel Park High. During the holidays, they go caroling at the American House, and whenever the city has a festive event like the Memorial Weekend, you can count on Neighborhood Enrichment to be there with free or low-cost activities.

With only a dozen active members, Neighborhood Enrichment could always use more volunteers. Theyre also holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, where 100 percent of the proceeds go straight back into the community, funding various quality-of-life projects.

The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Expect home-cooked spaghetti, salad, rolls and desserts, as well as raffle prizes and a grand prize

The spaghetti dinner fundraiser supporting Hazel Park Neighborhood Enrichment will take place from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 19 at the Hazel Park Community Center, 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.

For more information about Neighborhood Enrichment and how you can volunteer, call (248) 542-1247, (248) 460-3251, or email jffryoliver@yahoo.com.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski at akozlowski@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1104