If you are new to Novi, then you might not know what an incredible place it is to live. One of the first qualities you will see is the kindness, service, and love that the people show to each other and to their community. It truly is a unique place to live with amazing people that fills the 32 square mile piece of property in Oakland County.

For the 2016 year, Novi has embraced a vision to show kindness in many different ways. Bot Gatt, mayor of Novi, shared a little bit about the community in the 2016 Novi Calendar. When he thinks about the community of Novi he stated,

“I think about our diversity, how we embrace people from all different cultures, from all over the world and how we embody a sense of togetherness. In our subdivisions, in our schools, in our City government, people accept each other for who we are without regard to race, religion, political party or anything else. I think about how KIND we are to each other.”

When it comes to serving the community, Novi works hard to find ways to show this kindness in many ways. If you are looking to get involved in this kindness movement, or looking to find out more about this unique community, then jumping in on one of “Novi Cares” events, might be the perfect place to start.

Novi Cares is a series of events that will be happening throughout the spring and summer. Each work of “cares” is a different type of service that Novi’s residents are offering to the community.

Novi Cares Events 2016

C - Cemetery Clean-Up

  • Saturday, June 4 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Novi Cemetery.
  • Novi’s community wants to honor the deceased soldiers by trimming the trees and shrubs, and pulling weeds.

A – Arbor Day

  • Saturday, April 3 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Lakeshore Park.
  • Arbor Day is a day that is celebrated all over the United States where people show care to trees. Each year, Novi hosts an annual celebration that helps to encourage planting and caring for trees. You can join in on this great day by coming to help plant trees, mulch, and weed.

R - River Day      

  • Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am at the Rotary Park.
  • Join many other Novi residents and volunteers to gather to help for a spring cleaning of the park, which is part of the Rouge River Watershed. What a great way to get involved, meet others, and give back to your community.

E - Earth Day       

  • Saturday, April 23 from 9:00 am -11:00 am at the MSU Tollgate.
  • This annual event is a great opportunity to work in the Harvest Garden in partnership with MSU Extension Tollgate and celebrate Earth Day.  

S - Shredding Days

  • First Saturday of every month at the Corrigan Record Storage from 9:00 am -12:00 pm.
  • Novi is a community that wants to make help the earth. They are committed to recycling every month. Each person can recycle up to 300 pounds of paper for just $5. This is a service provided by Corrigan Record Storage.

Each of these events will happen in the Novi community rain or shine. You can bring your own hand tools and shovels. Don’t worry about bringing gloves as they will be provided for you. This is a great chance to come with your family, a group of people, a church, or business and serve the community. There is no need to pre-register, but it would be appreciated. To get more information, you can call 248-735-5628.

Wrapping it Up

These are just a few ways that Novi’s community is looking to give back. The ability of the residents to not only come and volunteer, but to seek for ways to help has impressed Novi’s mayor.

Mayor Gatt stated, “I’ve watched in awe as Novi residents who never knew the victims of a devastating house fire stopped with bags of clothing, food, gift cards, and anything that would help the families in their time of need.”

Novi, Michigan is truly is a unique community. If you are looking to move into the area, please let us know how we can help and if you have any questions we can answer.