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What is DP Day? 

Detroit Partnership Day (DP Day) is the largest day of service-learning at the University of Michigan! DP Day volunteers will work alongside Detroiters and fellow U of M students on a variety of tasks focusing on community revitalization. The event is a chance to learn about the city, engage with a new community, and have fun while making a difference. DP Day is as much about exposing students to the great organizations and people in the city as it is about the work.

When is DP Day? 

This year DP Day was Saturday, April 13th, 2019. The Detroit Partnership will organize all transportation to bring volunteers from campus to various sites in Detroit during the morning, and will work throughout the day before being bused back to Ann Arbor or other locations. 

The date for DP Day 2020 has not been set yet, but please stay tuned and check back over the summer for the 2020 date!


What sites are participating in DP Day? 

Last year we have 28 community partners sign up from across the city, representing neighbors across Detroit such as East Side, Brightmoor, Southwest Midtown, and Downtown.

Work at these sights consists of gardening, blight removal, painting, and other activities related to community revival!

Map of Detroit area denoting DP Day 2019’s s various sites across the city

Map of Detroit area denoting DP Day 2019’s s various sites across the city


If you are a Detroit organization that may be interested in participating as a site for the next DP Day in 2020, please email with the name and mission of your organization, and what type of work volunteers would be engaging with.

Who is in charge of the volunteers at the sites?

Each site will have Community Coordinators, who are members of the Detroit Partnership Planning Team. They will be in charge of coordinating the arrival of volunteers as well as leading reflection and ultimately getting everyone back on the buses at the end of the day. Each organization (i.e. campus club or greek life) that registers will also be required to appoint a Team Lead, who will be responsible for communicating the information Detroit Partnership proves among the registered volunteers of their organization.

What do volunteers have to bring on DP day?

It is recommended to dress appropriately for the weather, especially since many volunteers will be working outside. Bringing a water bottle and snacks is optional, but lunch will be provided at the volunteering site.