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DTE Foundation Awards Over $1M in ‘Holiday Help’ Grants to Boost Community

The DTE Energy Foundation announced on Thursday, December 17 that it has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 10 Michigan-based organizations focused on enriching people’s lives across the state, just in time for the holidays. Grant recipients include The Children’s Foundation, Community Foundation of St. Clair County, Feeding America West Michigan, Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, Meals on Wheels, Oaks Village (Oaks of Righteousness), Pope Francis Center and United Community Housing Coalition. Organizations will use this support to repair homes, deliver meals and support communities at the grassroots level by directly serving residents’ most basic needs.

“At the DTE Foundation, people are at the core of what we do,” said Lynette Dowler, president, DTE Foundation. “We know the most impactful work focuses on positively impacting the lives of those in need. Michiganders can’t thrive without basic needs being met, like food or shelter. Our partners have direct lines to help communities from the ground up. Once basic needs are met, those who are underserved can begin to focus their energy on other parts of their life, like careers and family.”

The DTE Foundation supports equitable programming that serves the unmet needs of diverse, vulnerable residents while engaging the community. The organizations receiving grants will assist children, families and seniors. For example, the DTE Foundation has supported the Detroit Area Agency on Aging (DAAA) Holiday Meals on Wheels for more than a decade by serving 5,500 seniors every holiday season.

“Detroit Area Agency on Aging is grateful for the generous donation from the DTE Foundation. We value and appreciate the Foundation’s financial support as well as their dedicated employee volunteers who deliver help to senior apartment buildings and churches. Our partnership provides hope to the most vulnerable seniors,” said Ronald Taylor, DAAA president and CEO.

The following grant recipients will use the DTE Foundation’s support to bolster communities at the grassroots level across Michigan.