Light up the City Saginaw

In its third year, the Light Up the City Saginaw initiative is encouraging community members to help create a safer community by working together, walking the streets and turning on porch lights. The campaign is being championed by Consumers Energy, law enforcement, community groups and business leaders, with a mission of bringing together neighbors, building a safer, more connected neighborhood.

The 8 weeks of organized walks will begin in June. The walks will begin on June 17th with a community-wide kick-off at Ojibway Island and conclude on August 12 with a community-wide celebration. The celebration event will also serve as the United Way of Saginaw County Annual Fundraising kick-off event. Both kick-off and celebration events will be hosted at Ojibway Island and will feature entertainment, food and a chance to meet neighbors from all sectors of the city as well as throughout Saginaw County.

Light Up the City walks will take place on Wednesday evenings. All walks have been divided up between the four city quadrants. (include graphic of quadrants) Hospitality will be provided before each LUTC Walk at the designated meeting location from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Actual LUTC Walks will take place immediately following the hospitality from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Residents in the four Saginaw City quadrants are encouraged to switch on their porch lights for safety during the walks, and are also offered the opportunity to participate in energy efficiency measures offered by Consumers Energy as part of the Helping Neighbors program. There are many opportunities to become involved in Light Up the City Saginaw 2015, from walking, driving or sponsoring. Teams of volunteers will walk neighborhoods and hand out energy efficiency light bulbs on specific event dates. Those interested in volunteering can contact Trooper Joe McMillan at (989) 495-5553.

A press conference was held at City Hall on March 27 to officially launch Light Up the City 2015 as well as unveil the winner of the student emblem context. Presenting sponsor Consumers Energy and other key LUTC Saginaw partners include the Michigan State Police, United Way of Saginaw County, Saginaw Public Schools, City of Saginaw as well as the Chamber of Commerce Saginaw were on hand to congratulate the student winner and share details about this year’s event. Dr. Kelley Peatross, superintendent of Saginaw Public Schools, congratulated Hillwa Saleh, a sixth-grader from Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy, who’s winning Light Up the City emblem will be placed on t-shirts worn by volunteers during upcoming events.

It was also announced at the press conference that Consumers Energy, one of the founding members of the Saginaw effort, would be presenting sponsor of the initiative. Additional sponsorships are being sought to help support the initiative as well as the walks – Event Sponsor, $2,500 – Host Sponsor, $500 – Supporter, $100. If you or your organization is interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tom Begin (tjbegin@cmsenergy.com).

The events evolved from a basic initiative in 2012 between Consumers Energy and a Michigan State police trooper into a series of events last year involving almost 800 people, businesses and organizations from Saginaw community. “Light Up the City is having a huge impact in Saginaw and on the people who are affected,” said Michigan State Trooper, Joe McMillan. “It is working.”