The Eight Mile Boulevard Association (8MBA) is a conduit for socioeconomic change in Southeast Michigan.
Formed in 1993 by the cities and counties along Eight Mile, 8MBA works with businesses, governments, block clubs and more, to revitalize and promote the Eight Mile corridor as a link for regional prosperity. // ABOUT 8MBA
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Thank You 8 Mile!
Sponsored by the DTE Energy
Foundation and ITC, Hands on 8 Mile was a huge success this year! We
were very pleased to be joined by volunteers from our friends at
Ferndale Labs, the O'Hair Park Community Association, and a group of new recruits from the Army National Guard. These groups worked hard and it
really made this year's event special. Thanks to Jim Kastner of Lowes
and his volunteer Will for helping with our Gateway Fence project at 8
Mile and Southfield Freeway. That project envisioned by 8MBA Executive
Director Cindy Thomas turned out to be a wonderful way to beautify a neighborhood. Part II of that project features a mural and is a part of
our Art on 8 program. Part II will hopefully be completed in the fall
so stay tuned.
We also want to thank the Belmont Shopping Center for sponsoring lunch for our hungry volunteers!We also want to thank all of our member communities! Special Thanks to Detroit Districts 1, 2 and 3. They really made a difference in our event by donating, bags, gloves and water for our volunteers. Special thanks to the Detroit P.D. 11th and 12th precincts, the City of Warren DDA who donated supplies, the Warren P.D. and Officer Lemond who not only provided safety but also rolled up his sleeves and went into action, picking up garbage with the rest of our group. It is the commitment from our sponsors and the dedication of our volunteers and partner communities that makes the work we do possible.
DTE Foundation increases community giving to $18.1 in 2017!
DTE Foundation has been a partner of 8MBA for many years, supporting our work and believing in our mission to revitalize and promote 8 Mile Boulevard. While others are decreasing their charitable giving, DTE increased their support of programs across Michigan by 20% in 2017. Without their generosity, organizations like ours could not do the work that we do in the communities we serve. Not only has DTE helped us with grants for projects like Hands on 8 Mile and sponsorship of our Annual Leadership Luncheon, they donated 18 trees last year to help restore the canopy in a park along 8 Mile. DTE also lends valuable guidance by sitting on our board of directors and several committees. Thank you, DTE Foundation!
Week of Caring mural at 7115 W. 8 Mile made possible through
Hands on 8 Mile Plants 18 Trees in Royal Oak Township Park
On October 14th, 2017, despite chilly temperatures and pouring rain, volunteers, devoted friends, and WAM (Weekend Alternatives for Misdeamors), gathered in a Royal Oak Township park to replace 18 trees destroyed by the Ash Borer. Royal Oak Township is a proud member of 8 Mile Boulevard's partner communities. The project was part of Hands on 8 Mile, 8MBA's beautification & neighborhood-building project that has traditionally been an annual event. However, due to the generous donation of the 18 trees by DTE Energy Foundation through ReLeaf Michigan, 8MBA was able to do a second Hands on 8 Mile event this Fall.
In addition to DTE Energy Foundation, 8MBA would like to thank Marvin Pettway of ReLeaf, Redico, Gil Christowski, Bill Whitmer, and WAM. We would have never got those trees in the ground without you!
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