Thursday, October 13, 2022

Romulus GM plant donates $30,000 to charities

Dave Cavotta, Romulus plant director, was joined by
GM colleagues, local UAW leadership members and
representatives from Starfish Family Service, Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and Ozone House Youth &
Family Services during the announcement of GM grants
to the nonprofit organizations.
Three area nonprofit organizations will have something extra to be thankful at the holiday this year.

General Motors Romulus Propulsion Systems recently donated $30,000 in Community Impact Grants to the groups to help support programming for residents in their communities. The GM Community Impact Grant program aims to address local issues in communities across the company footprint, specifically supporting focus areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education, vehicle and road safety, community development and climate equity, according to a statement from plant managers.

Decisions about which organizations will receive support are made at the local level. The 2022 Romulus-area grant recipients are moving the needle in the areas of STEM and community and workforce development. Starfish Family Services was awarded grant funds to support the Family Services Employment Assistance program. This program supports jobseekers by providing financial assistance with employment-related expenses, such as certifications, professional dress, training, and transportation to and from job interviews.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit - was selected to receive grant funds to help support programs to match youth with adult volunteers and mentors from the areas in the heart of Wayne County and south of Detroit. This will allow staff to connect with local schools with a one-to-one mentor program that puts the child's safety, support, and development first.

Ozone House Youth & Family Services will receive grant funds to support Ozone House WorkZone program. WorkZone provides employability training, paid internships, and intensive support services for young people experiencing homelessness, who might lack experience or face significant barriers to employment.

Dave Cavotta, Romulus plant director, announced the grants Oct. 1 at a family day event at the plant. Cavotta spoke on behalf of the local GM plant before being joined by GM colleagues, local UAW leadership and representatives from the recipient organizations.

“The generosity of GM and our workforce in this community inspires me every day,” said Cavotta. “GM has been in this community for more than 46 years and we see the positive impact these local organizations can have when they have the resources to do so. Whether it's an investment of time or money, we are committed to serving and growing with the greater Romulus community and all of the communities in which GM employees live and work.”