Dierk L. Hall, President & CEO
DETROIT – Connect Detroit, formerly known as City Connect Detroit, today officially unveiled the organization’s rebranding initiative. The nonprofit organization’s name, logo and website (ConnectDetroit.org) have been updated to emphasize its commitment to addressing community challenges by facilitating and mobilizing funding in support of collaborative community solutions.
“Connect Detroit is more than an organization that links nonprofit organizations and governments and their people with resources to solve local problems. We move agendas and lead community change,” said Dierk L. Hall, president and CEO. “As Detroit continues its resurgence, we feel it is imperative the organization has a strong brand identity, clearly articulating who we are, what we do and what we will continue to do in the city.”
While the new logo retains much of the same look and feel as the previous design, the new Connect Detroit website is easier to navigate and provides insight into the organization’s capabilities and current initiatives, including Grow Detroit’s Young Talent, a youth summer jobs program administered by Connect Detroit on behalf of the City of Detroit and other stakeholders; and DLIVE, which provides social services to young adults who are hospitalized as a result of violence and expanded trauma care for youth who are victimized in Detroit. Photos of staff and its community programs and participants on the new website also offer an intimate look into Connect Detroit.
Both the new logo and website can be found by visiting http://ConnectDetroit.org.
Connect Detroit has tackled, and continues to pursue, collaboration opportunities surrounding a variety of issues affecting children, youth and families. The nonprofit also has been instrumental in creating platforms and partnerships for community health and community development initiatives.
Several Connect Detroit-driven initiatives became self-sustaining and grew into standalone programs, which Connect Detroit refers to as “legacy initiatives.” These initiatives have addressed a range of community problems, including the need for better data for decision-making (now Data Driven Detroit), a lack of after school programming, the threat of home-based lead hazards, and limited access to healthy foods and safe recreational opportunities.
“We are proud to have mobilized more than $140 million for community programs since our founding in 2001,” said Dennis J. Clark, chair of Connect Detroit Board of Directors. “We look forward to continued collaborations with organizations and agencies and establishing funding partners to facilitate more projects throughout metro Detroit.”
About Connect Detroit
Connect Detroit is a Detroit, Mich.-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that strives to address community problems by facilitating, and mobilizing funding in support of collaborative community solutions. Since its founding in 2001, it has organized, managed, and led four dozen community change initiatives and mobilized more than $140 million in support of their good work. These resulting collaboratives have addressed a range of community problems, including the need for better data for decision-making, a lack of after school programming, the threat of home-based lead hazards, and limited access to healthy foods and safe recreational opportunities. Connect Detroit is also behind Detroit’s well-known youth employment program, Grow Detroit’s Young Talent. The organization is located at 613 Abbott St. in Detroit. For further information, call (313) 967-5898 or visit http://ConnectDetroit.org.