HMS Volunteers at The Heidelberg Project – Detroit

In early June, HMS Mfg. Co. volunteered at The Heidelberg Project located in the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. The Heidelberg Project’s mission is to help improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Seven employees spent an afternoon helping to clean up a new site recently acquired by the organization. 

The project is predominantly an open air, outdoor art installation in the heart of a Detroit urban area. Public visitors can walk down Heidelberg Street and view the art installations daily. Sculptures and urban art pieces line the street along with houses—some of which have been turned into art as part of the project. 

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The artist behind this block-long undertaking of art is Tyree Guyton, who grew up on Heidelberg Street in Detroit. The project was started in 1986 and now has a staff, a board of directors, and several volunteers. HMS employees worked with some volunteers and staff to clean up the area around the newly acquired House of Love. You can scroll down to see the before and after photos of the area. 

In addition to helping the community through this art installation, The Heidelberg Project sponsors the Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy. The academy offers in-school and after-school sessions to help empower Detroit students in grades 4 through 12. 

If you are interested in learning more about The Heidelberg Project, their mission, and their community involvement, you can follow this link to visit their website. This is one of many organizations HMS employees have volunteered at over the years. Each employee is allowed an annual volunteer day during the work week to volunteer where they choose. We’ll post more HMS volunteering updates in the future. You can visit The Heidelberg Project’s Get Involved tab on their website to learn more about how to volunteer or donate.

Written and Published by Jessica – Writer for HMS Mfg. Co. 

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