“What is Motown Mission?”
“What do you do?”
“Why do you do these things?”
These are questions that I am asked frequently when I say that I’m a Motown Mission Intern. Allow me to field some of these questions for you. First, let me introduce myself. Hello, my name is Cameron Davis, Detroit native, recent college graduate from Adrian College, and third-time returning intern for this amazing program aiding in the revival of this glorious city I call home.
Now, let me answer those questions about Motown. Motown Mission is a non-profit volunteer commissioning program partnered with numerous project partners in and around Detroit and the greater-Detroit area. Currently, we are mostly a facilitating program focused on housing, feeding, and providing worksites for volunteer groups to do missional work. We are partnered with amazing programs revolving around home repair, greening, and feeding while dabbling in Bible studies and youth programs. We send our volunteers to programs like: Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI), Motor City Blight Busters, Rippling Hope, Neighbors Building Brightmore, Joy-Southfield Community Development Organization, etc. All of our partners with an established name in their respective areas of work focus. With MUFI, we are trying to feed the North-End/New Center neighborhoods with fresh produce from their backyard. With Blight Busters, we are removing dilapidated buildings and turning them into manageable properties or revamping them into small gardens or other community-oriented structures. Neighbors Building Brightmore, Joy-Southfield, and Rippling Hope all aim at beautifying, upkeep, and minor home repairs for communities with disadvantaged homeowners who would, otherwise, have no means for making/keeping their living space livable.
Now, onto answering why I do this work. I work with Motown Mission because of the incredible stories, the tears of happiness, the smiles, the hard-worked, hot summer days ending with the satisfaction knowing what you did for the past eight hours made a visible and significant difference in the community. I also work with Motown Mission because this is my home. These are only a few of the reasons why I continue to serve through Motown Mission and hopefully some of these reasons resonate with you or others that can motivate and solidify the drive to serve this summer or any time in the future with Motown Mission.
Cameron Davis is a recent Adrian College graduate with a degree in business administration and three-time returner to Motown Mission. This summer you will find Cam in Metropolitan UMC’s kitchen, coordinating meals for Motown and handling all tasks dubbed hospitality.