Event Recap: Third Annual Service in the City Mixer

Last week, we held our Third Annual Service in the City Mixer at HopCat Detroit, where we gave the stage to several deserving organizations doing great work in Detroit.  One of the cornerstones of DYP is community service and volunteering, so we were pretty excited about presenting opportunities for our young professionals to give back to their communities, with the hope that attendees were able to find their perfect volunteer match.  It was happy hour, there were “Crack Fries” and we were spreading the word about service opportunities in the city.  In short, it was a great time. 

Our Service in the City Mixers are so great because they provide a fun environment for young professionals to connect with local volunteer opportunities while networking with other young professionals in the process. This year, over 92% of polled attendees discovered a volunteer opportunity that night that interested them, and 100% gave the event an extremely positive review!
— Michael Wheeler, DYP Membership Committee Chair

Joining us for the evening were the following organizations, who set up informational tables and chatted with attendees about their organization’s mission and their volunteer needs:

Alternatives for Girls

Boys Hope Girls Hope


Greening of Detroit

Habitat for Humanity Detroit

Mercy Education Project

Michigan 4 H Tech Wizards

Michigan Science Center

Motor City Grounds Crew

Transportation Riders United

DYP team members manned the 50/50 raffle ticket station all night and appreciates the generosity of all those who purchased a ticket, as proceeds were donated to the winner of the Community Builder Award.  With your help, we were able to raise just under $300 for the organization with the most votes- Alternatives for Girls! One of our supportive attendees, Natalie, walked away $140 richer as she was the winner of our raffle.  All in all, this was a great event.  Attendees had a blast learning about the many ways that they can get involved and give back in metro Detroit and we look forward to seeing meaningful relationships progress as a result of our Third Annual Service in the City Mixer. 

With 10 organizations and over 150 potential volunteers, there is no way we could cover the depth of this event in a mere event recap.  Please take a moment to dig into our Third Annual Service in the City Mixer: The Report, where we've summarized the event in greater detail and shed more light on the fantastic work that these organizations and others are doing in Detroit.  Learn more about the featured organizations and other organizations you can reach out to and get involved HERE.

If you missed this event, no worries! We have another community service opportunity coming up on Saturday, May 16th from 8:00am-2:00pm.  DYP is joining the clean-up efforts in District 6 as part of the Motor City Makeover initiative.  Click HERE for more information and to volunteer for this beautification project- we would love to have you!