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This profile was last updated on 1/16/15  and contains information from public web pages.

Miss Delores Bennett

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Founder and Executive

Company Description: The North End Youth Improvement Council, NEYIC, is a Michigan non-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code. NEYIC...   more

Employment History

  • Executive Director
    North End Youth Improvement Council
  • Executive Director
    North End Youth Improvement Association
  • Executive Director and Founder
    North End Youth Improvement Association
  • Head
    North End Youth Improvement Association
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Web References
North End Youth Improvement Council, 16 Jan 2015 [cached]
Delores Bennett is a native of Clarksville, Tennessee; however, she has resided in Detroit, Michigan most of her life. Delores Bennett has been married to her husband, Eugene Bennett Sr., for fifty-two years.
Delores Bennett was once asked during a newspaper interview, "What is your hobby? "Kids" was her answer. 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. She 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."
Delores Bennett has always fought for employment, education, recreation and housing. She 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. Among her 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. She 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. Delores gathered petitions and won her battle with City Hall on July 2, 1977. Delores' 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. She has a track record for numerous successes in meeting human needs. Her primary involvement is with children, young people, senior citizens, and the "grassroots.
Delores Bennett 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:
Delores Bennett has received many awards locally and nationally:
In her 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.
North End Youth Improvement Council, 16 Jan 2015 [cached]
NEYIC Executive Director - Mrs. Delores Bennett
Delores Bennett 1960-80
In early September, Okdie knocked on ..., 18 Oct 2009 [cached]
In early September, Okdie knocked on doors in the city's North End along King Street and John R with Delores Bennett, head of the King Block Club and North End Improvement Association and the unofficial mayor of North End.
The page cannot be found, 27 Feb 2002 [cached]
Ms. Delores Bennett, Executive Director, North End Youth Improvement AssociationMs. Bennett has devoted her life to helping disadvantaged children overcome obstacles and boost their hopes and dreams.A former Wayne County Commissioner, she first founded the North End Youth Improvement Council, a volunteer-based community organization for Detroit's North end.In the early 1960s, Ms. Bennett started what is now known as the Adopt-a-Child Christmas Program, in the basement of her home.She began serving 100 children each year by providing them gifts for the holidays.The program has grown, serving more than 2,500 children annually.She is often credited for providing youth in the community with confidence and alternative solutions.She successfully fought for 13 years to have the city tear down abandoned houses and develop a neighborhood park.Ms. Bennett founded more than four other nonprofit organizations to benefit the community and currently works with 23 others on a volunteer basis.
Arts & Culture Award
Ameritech - News Release - SBC Ameritech and Detroit Public Television Honor Five Local Leaders as Part of Black History Month Celebration, 18 Feb 2002 [cached]
Delores Bennett - Recipient in the category of Health and Human Services.Delores Bennett is the executive director and founder of the North End Youth Improvement Association, a volunteer-based community organization serving Detroit's North end.In the early 1960s, she started what is now known as the Adopt-a-Child Christmas Program in the basement of her home.The North End Youth Improvement Association will receive a $1,000 donation in her name.
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