GM strengthens local community with grants to nonprofits – Macomb Daily

General Motors on Wednesday awarded $160,000 in community grants to eight local nonprofit organizations during a special presentation at the GM Technical Center in Warren.

The grants are part of GM’s Community Impact Grants program, established in 2010, and focus on STEM education, road and vehicle safety, community development and climate equity.

“As part of our mission at GM, we recognize that we have a responsibility to have a positive social impact in the communities where our employees live,” said Terry Rhadigan, GM vice president, Corporate Giving. “Through the Community Impact Grants program, we work closely with local facility leaders to understand specific community needs and identify nonprofits working to address those challenges.”

Many nonprofit organizations that receive grants support STEM education and the types of programs that help develop future engineers.

“We’re investing in the youth of the Detroit metro area,” Rhadigan said. “They are the future of General Motors.”

Rhadigan said it is imperative to capture children’s interest from an early age and nurture their scientific creativity. So for GM, supporting STEM programs through community grants makes sense for their future.

“We want Metro Detroit and Southeast Michigan to remain the epicenter of the auto industry, but that’s not a birthright; we have to win this,” Rhadigan said. “We do this by involving children as young as possible in STEM activities.

“Catch them when they are young, get them interested and make them stay here too. We don’t want the kids to graduate and leave Michigan and Macomb County. »

The GM Tech Center campus is home to one of the largest concentrations of engineers in the world. Every GM vehicle, from the new Chevy Blazer EV to the Cadillac Escalade to the Chrevrolet Corvette, has been designed and built at the Tech Center.

“Every vehicle you see was designed and manufactured right here on this campus,” Rhadigan said. “We want to attract the next generation of engineers.

This year’s winners are:

  • Advancing Macomb Foundation – a group that connects nonprofit organizations to resources and funding and offers technical and grant-writing assistance to grassroots organizations that support community development.
  • Clinton River Watershed Council – this grant will support the Stream Leaders Outdoor Education Program for K-12 students.
  • Leaps and Bounds Family Services – 50 additional applicants will receive training as child development associates through this grant.
  • Macomb Science Olympiad – The GM grant will help support the Macomb Science Olympiad as it provides an engaging competition-based learning format that will help spark student interest and enthusiasm for STEM subjects.
  • Center for Collaboration and Innovation in Robotics – this organization works with area school districts that do not currently have established FIRST Tech teams and will provide mentorship and assistance in starting an after-school robotics program in middle school. Particular emphasis is placed on outreach to school districts that are part of socially and economically challenged communities.
  • Traffic Safety Association of Macomb County – as part of its mission to prevent traffic accidents, it will use the grant to purchase a distracted driving simulator.
  • Winning Features – provides workforce readiness, life skills development, strategic planning, mentorship and scholarship programs for high school students in Metro Detroit and will use the grant to support mentoring programs.

An additional grant will be awarded at a later date.

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