WAYNE, Mich. – Thanks to the generosity of Michigan Assembly Plant employees, Detroit students will be receiving much-needed school supplies to help them succeed in high school. Notebooks, pen, pencils, snacks, binders and backpacks were among the items donated during yesterday’s United Way “Stuff the Bus” event in front of Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant (MAP).
Hourly and salaried employees as well as UAW Local 900 representatives and plant management all pitched in to support the cause.
“I donated because ‘Stuff the Bus’ is a method to get the proper tools to help prepare our future leaders,” said Ethel Davis, employee resource coordinator, UAW Local 900.
“This event is a great way for employees at the Michigan Assembly site to support our local communities, and our workforce has always been supportive of great causes such as this,” added Philip Calhoun, site manager, Michigan Assembly.
United Way staff provided a party-like atmosphere for participants by setting up games, playing music and offering snacks. Ford Credit Chairman and CEO Bernard Silverstone and Ford Fund President Jim Vella made the short trip from World Headquarters to join the celebration. Silverstone serves as Ford’s corporate United Way campaign chairman.
“We hear about Detroit in the news sometimes for the wrong reasons, but this is one of the right reasons,” explained Silverstone. “Now is the time. This is an investment in the future. It’s all about education.”
“Stuff the Bus” served to raise awareness for the 2013 United Way for Southeastern Michigan Campaign, which features Ford COO Mark Fields as campaign chairman. The 65th annual campaign officially kicks off Sept. 27 with a torch lighting ceremony at Detroit’s Hart Plaza.
Last year, Ford employees donated $7.6 million to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
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Michigan Assembly Plant employees are joined by Ford executives Bernard Silverstone and Jim Vella in donating school supplies through the United Way for Southeastern Michigan to Detroit high school students.