Chief of Police James Tolbert is well on his way to developing and implementing a comprehensive community involvement/engagement strategy. One of those strategies is to strengthen the role of neighborhood watch groups in the City and implement a city-wide radio patrol. Volunteers will be part of the Police Department’s Blue Badge Volunteer Corps. Anyone interested should download and complete the Blue Badge Volunteer Application Forms and return it to Officer Tanya Meeks either via email TMeeks@cityofflint.com, drop it off at the nearest Blue Badge Service Center or at the front desk of police headquarters.
The Police Department is trying to identify where the current neighborhood watch groups are and will work to strengthen those groups, while working to fill in the gaps where no group is operating. To share information on your group or learn more about establishing such a watch group, contact Officer Meeks at (810) 237-6926 or via email at TMeeks@cityofflint.com. College Cultural Neighborhood shares some information on its group and its purpose in the short video below.
Mary Zumbrunnen has been named Flint’s Chief Service Officer and will be working with the Mayor on the two Cities of Service Volunteer Impact Fund initiatives: Prepared is Protected and Love Your City. In the Prepared is Protected initiative, the City of Flint, in partnership with the Genesee-Lapeer Chapter of the Red Cross, will recruit citizen volunteers who will be trained to become “Red Cross Ready”. These community leaders will then provide emergency preparedness outreach and education including how to: 1) create an emergency kit, 2) make a plan, and 3) be informed to 1,200 Flint households over the course of 2014. The Love Your City initiative will leverage resources to revitalize 40 city blocks; remove two million pounds of trash; clear 200 abandoned properties; create and maintain 20 new green spaces or gardens; remove 5,000 square feet of graffiti; board 15 homes, and; plant 30 trees.
MSU’s Genesee County Alumni Club members will be joining other volunteers in Flint on Saturday, April 12, 2014 to help eliminate blight. Watch this site for additional information. The scope of activities will depend in large part on weather conditions as the signs of winter fade and we can assess which of the many issues can be successfully addressed by that date .
If your club or organization would like to join the MSU group, contact Melanie Poisson, 810-237-2090. If you’re a Spartan and would like to volunteer to serve through the service day website go to serviceday.msu.edu. The site will list volunteer opportunities registered by regional alumni clubs and individual Spartans worldwide.