DEARBORN – A goodbye gathering turned into an opportunity to raise funds for charity recently in Ford Export and Growth (E&G).
Of course, that’s no surprise to anyone who knows Melody Miller and her colleagues.
Community service is a year-round focus within E&G, with every month dedicated to supporting a charity championed by an E&G volunteer.
Last year the organization raised nearly $13,000 by Going Further for its charitable causes. It did so through such fund-raising activities as jeans days, pizza lunches, bake sales and a chili cook-off, but also direct donations. While contributions are often monetary, they also include food, clothing and other necessities, and holiday gifts for children in need.
Miller, who is leaving E&G Product Marketing Operations and Process to join the Global Marketing Business Strategy Office, has served on the Community Service and Diversity Council since joining E&G 18 years ago. She is also one of the champions for JDRF. Not comfortable with a traditional going-away party, Miller preferred to take part in one more E&G fundraiser – an ice cream social. “The response was fantastic,” Miller said. “The E&G team raised $260 for JDRF and Gleaners Food Bank. I’m very grateful to everyone who worked at the event or supported it through their contributions.”
Miller says both of those charities are special to her. “The generosity of churches and organizations like Gleaners provided support to me as a child while growing up in a single-parent, low-income home. And I’ve seen the challenges my mom has faced with trying to keep her diabetes under control. She’s benefited from JDRF research that makes it easier for her to monitor her glucose levels and take her required doses of insulin.”
So far this year, more than $2,800 has been raised for Gleaners and JDRF along with Vista Maria and the Penrickton Center for Blind Children. Other charities of the month this year will include the Salvation Army, Down Syndrome Support Team and the Dearborn Animal Shelter.