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Spotlight on Detroit

September 15th, 2009


Greetings nectarfiends, Lia Holland here.

It’s time for an in-depth look at the Cozza Connection Project: Detroit, which is quite the commotion about displaying four local community organizations and a unique opportunity to direct a portion of your ticket cost to the organization you like best. When you come to this event, you will get a token to present to whichever organization you want to support. All 4 groups will have spaces representing their essential services to your community, as well as what you can do to help them out.

Each fantastic network of movers and shakers has been collaborating with Bassnectar Labs for several months in anticipation of providing you with resources to better your neighborhoods. In the lead-up to the event, Bassnectar Labs has released a series of minidocumentaries, one for each organization, produced by two of the most dedicated and talented Detroit Fans/Filmmakers ever to exist.

And now, friends, we would love to introduce to you four of our favorite community initiatives in Detroit:

Alternatives For Girls


A righteous community of volunteers and professionals that serves the homeless and at-risk girls and young women in Detroit. This non-profit takes women from the streets, away from drugs, prostitution, and other hardships, to a welcoming, empowering, and educational environment. The name says it best; the focus here is on presenting viable alternatives and positive awareness to women through an integrated approach of education in everything from STD awareness to Hula Hooping. You can make an immediate impact through teaching a workshop in your special skill, street outreach, mentoring, administration duties, or event assistance.

Focus Hope


A nationally recognized civil and human rights organization founded after the Detroit riots in order to combat the core issues that create inequality and injustice. At the base of Focus Hope’s vision for the Detroit community is the idea that we all have to improve together, that human society creates an ecosystem in which, as MLK says, “all life is interrelated.” In their promotion of the understanding of race, religion, and culture, Focus Hope utilizes the best of synergetic approaches, pioneering everything from community art initiatives to elder care for those in need. Volunteers are welcome in every facet of Focus Hope’s extensive contributions to the Detroit- and Man- kind.

The Heidelberg Project


All you have to do is see the pictures and you will understand. Art has a unique way of drawing a community together, and the Heidelberg project is capitalizing on the power of their visions and talents to create a thriving culture in under-resourced communities throughout Detroit. The art of the Heidelberg project serves not only to reclaim blighted buildings for the common good, but also as art education programs at schools throughout Michigan. The Heidelberg Project is in the middle of their greatest project yet- a cultural village to house a variety of education programs. With over 275,000 visitors annually, it’s evident that this organization has found a unique way to reach people. With projects ever underway and always more to do, help is needed, whether you think you have artistic talents or not! (Everyone does.)

Youthville Detroit


A youth mentoring organization that supports a spectacular array of programs for youth. Youthville understands that each child is unique and supplies holistic and integrated programs and research to allow each child to explore their interests. Youtville epitomizes what our education system should be, offering everything from fitness to art to radio web broadcasting. These people are providing the resources for the Bassnectars of tomorrow to hone their skills, and you can plug in anywhere. Got a talent or interest you would like to share? Bet you a smile that Youthville has a program where you can plug in and share your inspiration with the kids who would appreciate it the most.

Big thanks to Causecast here for their innovative Text2Donate program. Does something here resonate with you? Here are the codes again:

Heidelberg Project- HPROJECT

Youthville Detroit- YOUTHV


Alternatives for Girls- ALTGIRLS

Text the code for the organization of your choice to 85944 to charge a $5.00 donation to your cellphone bill and further these amazing efforts to improve the Detroit Community. This program is available now through December 27th, 2009.