Matrix Building Better Men
The Matrix Building Better Men was started in 1991 by Odis Bellinger and founded on the principle that young men can be successful despite challenges associated with absent fathers. Their goal is to enable young men to become productive members of society. BBM has received an EVO Detroit grant to support their programs.
Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance
The Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance CDC (CRCAA) is a non-profit organization that serves the Cody Rouge community and is charged with promoting the goals and purposes of area residents, businesses and organizations. At the request of community members, CRCAA is committed to community action and the success of the Cody Rouge residents. As part of EVO Detroit, D2N partnered with CRCAA in ’Project No Stand Zone’, which resulted in ‘Sit on it Detroit’ benches being place at six local bus stops along West Chicago and Evergreen in the Cody Rouge neighborhood during a community even held in May 2017.
Michigan Healthcare Professionals
An early supporter of D2N, MHP, a physician-led and administered organization, funded the Alex Graham Medical Clinic/Rakha Health Post in Nepal. In Detroit, their physicians donate time and supplies to the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic.
Avalon Village is a self-sustaining eco village in Highland Park. This unique community-building project is restoring hope, inspiration, and much-needed city services to a forgotten, underserved neighborhood. Avalon Village has received an EVO Detroit grant to help finish their Homework House.
Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation
Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-profit, faith-based organization committed to empowering people and creating positive opportunities. CDC is the receipient of an EVO Detroit grant to repair and restore two pocket parks in Piety Hill.
American Cycle and Fitness (ACF)
Our partnership with ACF started at the Birmingham Bike Festival. Participants at the BBF were encouraged to donate their unused bikes and helmets through ACF, who then distributed the bikes to youth programs Detroit. This program morphed into a program that, in 2015, donated hundreds of bikes to The Hub/Back Alley Bikes for their youth programs.
ACF has developed an amazingly generous program for 2016. Each bike donated to ACF will result in a $10 donation by ACF to the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic. If a new bike is purchased, the buyer can elect to donate that $10 to the S.A.Y Detroit Family Health Clinic in lieu of a $10 refund. Donated bikes will continue to go to The Hub/Back Alley Bikes as well as to the S.A.Y Detroit Play Center/Lipke Recreation Center.
North End Woodward Community Coalition/WNUC 96.7 FM
Operated by the North End Woodward Community Coalition (NEWCC,) WNUC 96.7 FM, Detroit’s only community radio station, embodies the fact that even in the digital age, radio remains relevant. This is especially true in neighborhoods where internet access is limited. NEWCC/WNUC received an EVO Detroit grant to help it go live in May 2017, with the goal of providing news and information relevant to the needs of local Detroit communities.
D2N and Team Alex both celebrate the memory of Alex Graham, an incredible young woman who believed she could repair the world one smile at a time. Alex was a patient at Beaumont Children’s Hospital who lost her leg and ultimately her life to cancer.
At 17, a month before she died, Alex was able to participate in the making of a Public Service Announcement which was the wish she was granted by the Make A Wish Foundation of Michigan. Her message was as simple as it was important: “We’re just kids like you, so the next time you see someone who has cancer or looks a little different, try a smile, we could use it.”
The ‘Miles4Alex’ event at the Birmingham Bike Festival embodied this spirit. The bike parade included children from the local community, children from the Beaumont Rehabilitation Department riding their new custom-fit adaptive bikes, as well as children and families associated with the Beaumont Pediatric Oncology Department.
Captained by Beth Brandvain, Team Alex is comprised of over 150 bikers who participate in the Make-A-Wish Bike Ride every summer. Team Alex members are strong supporters of D2N; not only do they fundraise, but provide numerous volunteers in all D2N’s efforts.
Alex’s legacy: courage, strength, and the ability to put other’s needs ahead of her own now lives on in Nepal in the Alex Graham Medical Clinic, in the village of Rakha. Although she passed away at 17, Alex still has the ability to inspire all of us to do better.
S.A.Y. Detroit Charities
S.A.Y. Detroit Charities was founded by Mitch Albom to address the needs of Detroit's most underserved citizens through food, shelter, medical care, education and volunteer efforts. S.A.Y. Detroit is the umbrella organization for S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic and S.A.Y. Play Center. D2N has a partnership with both organizations.
American Promise Schools
The recipient of Over The Edge Detroit 2016, American Promise Schools, believes every child should be given a chance for a first-rate education and a shot at the American Dream. The American Promise is the commitment to create a community with the opportunities that permit participants to rise as far as their talents and hard work will take them, regardless of the station in life into which they’re born. APS was founded to redeem this promise for urban children in Detroit and across Michigan. Promise Schools is a non-profit school management group focused on transforming struggling urban schools into high-performing schools, and helping good schools become great.
Birmingham Bike Festival (BBF)
Thanks to their director and founder, the late Jeff Surnow, we partnered with the BBF in 2012, 2013, and 2014. This event gave us the platform to raise awareness for the needs of children, whether they live in the Detroit area or in rural mountain villages of Nepal. Our activities at the BBF consisted of a bike parade and a children’s fair. The bike parade included children from the local community, children from the Beaumont Rehabilitation Department riding their new custom-fit adaptive bikes, as well as children and families associated with the Beaumont Pediatric Oncology Department. The BBF and The Rock Companies/Beaumont Children’s Fair helped us raise funds and awareness for these two Beaumont programs. D2N’s Bike Program started at the BBF. Participants were encouraged to drop off used bikes and helmets at American Cycle and Fitness’s three locations. These bikes and helmets were then donated to youth programs in Detroit.
Beaumont Health System
Beaumont partnered with D2N through the Miracle Fund at Beaumont Children’s Hospital. Funds raised through the Birmingham Bike Festival were donated to the Pediatric Oncology Department (Long Term Follow-Up Clinic) and the Pediatric Rehabilitation Department’s custom adaptive bike program (“Bike Day”). Beaumont also sponsored the Rock Companies/Beaumont Children’s Fair at the Birmingham Bike Festival in 2013 and 2014.
Recipient of funds from the 2014 Over The Edge Detroit, DAPCEP (Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program) provides STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs to under-served children in the Detroit area.