is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee; however, she
has resided in Detroit, Michigan most of her
has been married to her husband, Eugene Bennett Sr., for fifty-two years.
was once asked during a newspaper interview, "What is your hobby?
"Kids" was her
Not only a hobby, this interest led to a dedicated working project, where she
donated 850 service hours annually to youth programs promoted by the Considine Recreation Center
Since that time her
focus on the organization of youth groups has provided athletic and cultural activities for young children and teenagers.
She is the founder and executive of the North End Youth Improvement Council.
organized many types of projects to raise funds, such as candy sales, etc., to generate funds to secure playground equipment for the children and youth of the community.
When "Miss Bennett
" as she
is affectionately known throughout the community organizes her
youth group, three of her
four children were pre-schoolers, and she
was looking for a project to keep them and their little friends busy.
"When we walked through the neighborhood," she
recalled, "I would have them to pick up litter.
As the children grow older, I encouraged them to do odd jobs for ill and elderly neighbors.
The young people painted homes, and shoveled snow from the walks of those unable to do it.
The youth group volunteered their time to entertain as well as help senior citizens."
has always fought for employment, education, recreation and housing.
has devoted her
time and energies to benefit the entire community, not only in its physical appearances, but promoting a feeling of well-being and good will toward mankind.
many rewarding accomplishments - is her
accomplishment for 13 years she
worked on developing a neighborhood playground and recreation area.
One day she
spotted an area that was being used as a dump, owned by a neighborhood church.
got permission from the Pastor to clean up a play lot in another area where houses would have to be torn down.
Only three families had to relocate, and they were will to do so.
gathered petitions and won her
battle with City Hall on July 2, 1977.
13-year efforts to get a neighborhood park became a reality at Brush and Bethune.
Delores has been a concerned citizen, doer and involved community activist in Detroit's North End for over 54 years.
has a track record for numerous successes in meeting human needs.
primary involvement is with children, young people, senior citizens, and the "grassroots.
was first elected to the Wayne County Board of Commissioners
from the 8th District in 1978, and took office in 1979.
With the help of her group of young volunteers, the North End Youth Improvement Council she is also served a second term as Wayne County Commissioner.
In all the plans of government, business and organizations, there is nothing to equal the spark and determination of one person to cause things to happen which achieve lasting results.
Delores Bennett has been a member of many organizations and boards:
has received many awards locally and nationally:
daily life Delores
is guided by her
philosophy "Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand to Make This World a Better Place If You Can.