GM Partners with Southwest Detroit Community for Annual teamGM Cares Week

General Motors volunteers will participate in teamGM Cares Week, an annual week-long event taking place during the week of September 12th through September 16, 2016. Uniting GM employees with community residents, the event grants GM employees the opportunity to make a difference in Southwest Detroit. Focusing on community sustainability, environment, and STEM activities, teamGM Cares Week focuses on creating productive community spaces in the Junction Street Clean Neighborhood Project. The Junction Street Clean Neighborhood project, a longstanding community initiative, connects lead non – profit partner Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, lead corporate partner The Ideal Group, Detroit Cristo Rey High School and other local businesses to transform blighted places into community spaces.

teamGM Cares Week, which annually consists of many projects in metro Detroit and other communities across the U.S., allows GM employees to spend their work days giving back to the communities where they live and work.

teamgm-cares-week-volunteers“Working on Junction Street is always special because it is a true community effort,” said Russ Brewster from GM, “The local businesses block committees, schools and residents all participate. The work we did in 2014 looks better today than when we did it. Also the community continues to work the other 51 weeks during the year when General Motors isn’t there.”

Among their numerous tasks throughout the week, GM volunteers will assist Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision to transform repeat dumpsites into rain gardens to manage stormwater and deter future dumping. Volunteers also plan to develop STEM Classrooms at Holy Redeemer Elementary School and refurbish the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation’s First Robotics Engineering Center, spurring youth to develop science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills. This project aims to reach 100 volunteers per day, uniting GM employee volunteers, community organizations, and neighborhood residents to reveal the pride and resiliency of the Southwest Detroit community.

teamgm-cares-week-volunteers-cleaning-and-clearing-pathways-to-schoolsLocal southwest Detroit schools, businesses and community organizations will work alongside GM volunteer teams to remove blight, pick up trash, cut grass and paint over graffiti in a beautification effort. Each group has pledged to adopt an area along Junction Street and help keep the area clean with a goal of allowing residents to walk safely along Junction Street.

Communities and nonprofits across the country will receive a helping hand from General Motors’ employee volunteers. This Southwest Detroit neighborhood consists of the residential neighborhood from Michigan Avenue to Fort Street, an expansion of the Merritt Street Neighborhood Project. Junction Street includes two community gardens, Scarcyny Park and the Cadillac Urban Gardens, and many family owned businesses.

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