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.

What is Light Up the City Saginaw (LUTCS)?

  • A community outreach action plan that works towards crime prevention through community wide participation.
  • LUTC recognizes the necessity of people working towards a common goal, knowing that a productive neighborhood takes everyone being personally responsible to take ownership.
  • LUTC is a collaborative effort between public safety, citizens, and businesses working together to fight crime. We want to make our neighborhoods and communities a safe and productive place for our families to live, work and play.

Light Up the City walks will take place on Wednesday evenings. All walks have been divided up between the four city 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.

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Why you should get involved?

Take action, people are the greatest resource for a stable environment. Become a part of the movement to transform Saginaw. It gives you a chance to help build partnerships and trust in your community by helping reduce crime and empowering citizens to take action and get involved.

What can you do to help the night of each walk?

  • Share the information/Get the word out
  • Get to know and involve your neighbors
  • Encourage your neighbors to join us
  • Walk with us for an hour or two (wear comfortable shoes and bring a flash light - or one will be provided)
  • Drive
  • Report crime
  • Open your blinds
  • Turn on your porch light (every night would be great!)
  • Sit on your porch and say hello

Those interested in volunteering can contact Trooper Will Smith 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 (

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.”

Thank you for being a part of the movement to transform Saginaw!

Additional Sponsors:
U Me Paint | Big Brothers/Big Sisters | State Representative Vanessa Guerra | Dornbos Printing Impressions | Absolute! Building Maintenance | The Work Wear Store | Wanigas Credit Union | United Financial Credit Union | Swanhaven Manor | Jonnie-on-the-spot