While DTE practices community support every day, its annual Month of Caring brings together employees across the company to volunteer and give back in local communities, expanding the company’s reach for those they serve.
Here’s a high-level look at DTE’s impact across Michigan during this year’s Month of Caring:
- 16,183 hours volunteered
- 1,034 team members volunteered throughout August
- 253 organizations supported across 97 cities
DTE’s team was especially active in Detroit with a variety of organizations:
Volunteers of America – Detroit Veterans Housing
Volunteers of America Michigan, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, specializes in providing critical services, shelter and food for veterans, affordable housing for aging seniors, and supportive services for struggling families.
In Detroit, DTE’s VETS Employee Resource Group had volunteers onsite at Volunteers of America’s Veteran Housing Clinic in Detroit to remove weeds, plant flowers and install new mulch in the organization’s Veteran’s Garden. A few of DTE’s Tree Trim team members also jumped in to support by supplying additional mulch when supplies ran out. Following the garden installation, the team on-site grilled and hosted a picnic.
Andre Mason, DTE electrical maintenance journeyman says, “the veterans were very thankful for all the volunteers’ time, service and dedication.”
The Minority Freedom Community Fund
The Minority Freedom Community Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of African Americans in the U.S. through economic support, social programs, and holistic wellness.
During Month of Caring, DTE employees hosted the nonprofit organization at its headquarters in Detroit for a skills-based volunteer session to assist with best practices, in addition to tips and tricks on identifying and executing organizational goals. At DTE, skills-based volunteerism consists of team members sharing knowledge-based insights specific to the organization’s needs.
Grow Detroit Young Talent
In partnership with Communities in Schools Michigan, over a dozen students from Grow Detroit Young Talent participated in mock interview sessions with DTE volunteers to help simulate the process for future professional experiences and real-life interviews. While at DTE locations, the students not only took part in multiple mock interviews but had the opportunity to network with DTE professionals for additional career advice.