Remember how I told you a while ago about an ambitious undertaking by local photographer Erica Hampton called The Ypsi Project? Well, she’s still at it. Her goal, as you’ll recall, was to take 365 portraits in the city over the course of the year. I don’t know how many she’s done thus far, but, in hopes of getting closer to her target, she’s decided to shoot for nine hours straight this weekend, working with her friend, local filmmaker Mike Ambs. So, if you live or work in Ypsi, and would like your portrait taken, plan on being at Bombadil’s this Saturday, June 15, between 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM. I’ll probably be there at some point with my family. (If you’re on Facebook, you can RSVP here.)
And, if you’re looking for other ways to get involved in the City this summer, here’s something else you can do… Contribute backpacks, pens, notebooks, or any other new school supplies that you might have, to the homeless kids of Washtenaw County. (For background on the initiative, see my interview with Peri Stone-Palmquist, the coordinator of the Education Project for Homeless Youth in Washtenaw County.) Donations can be dropped off all this month at Beezy’s, or any local United Bank and Trust branch. You can also leave them near the front desk in the Teaching and Learning Center at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD), 1819 S. Wagner Road in Ann Arbor, throughout the summer and school year.
And, if you don’t have school supplies to give, how about time? Word is that the Depot Town Community Development Corporation is looking for volunteers to help with the big Jamboree scheduled for September 4-5, in Ypsilanti’s Riverside Park. In return for volunteering, I’m told you get free admission to the festival, a T-shirt, and an invitation to the wrap party. Not a bad tradeoff for spending a few hours hanging posters, taking tickets, assisting with activities in the Kid’s Tent, picking up trash, or whatever else you might be inclined to do. If you’ve got the time, I’m sure they’ve got a job that you’d like. Just send an email to Andrew Clock, Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
And, if you know of other ways people can get involved over the summer, please feel free to leave a comment.