DETROIT (AP) -- About 2,000 Arab Americans and others in a dozen communities nationwide have been volunteering their time as part of the National Arab American Service Day.
The teams went to work Saturday from Houston to Boston and San Francisco to Philadelphia, as well as in Atlanta, Miami and Philadelphia.
About 400 people worked in Detroit's Old Redford area planting gardens, boarding up and demolishing abandoned homes, painting murals and other projects. The city's metro area has one of the largest communities of Arabs outside the Middle East.
Volunteers in New York cleaned up homes and areas hit by Superstorm Sandy.
The 9th annual event is organized by the Dearborn-based National Network for Arab American Communities. It's a coalition of 23 Arab American community nonprofit groups in 11 states.