Corporate Social Responsibility
An Afternoon of Giving Back
The Great Lakes Automotive Division set a goal for FY16 to increase our involvement in the communities we serve. Collectively the teams suggested and rallied around volunteering in the Flint, Michigan Community, where we have been located for over 10 years.
The Flint Community is going through a challenging economic time, and was recently stricken by a water crisis. Lead was found in the drinking water at local schools and residences affecting the health of thousands of people and most concerning the children. This crisis became national news and has unsettled the community over the last few months.
On Thursday May 5th, the Great Lakes Team took action, spending the afternoon at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan volunteering. The sorted and packaged water and assembled boxes of nutritious foods which then was distributed in the community. The activities performed helped to counteract the negative effects of lead in the water system to those in the greatest need. It was humbling to give back to a community that has suffered so much.
The Great Lakes Team: MaryAnn Cobb, Amy Donner, Beverly Henige, Gwen McDonald, Sarah Szagesh, Catherine Hirst (Unable to Attend), Randy Aquino, Alex Stayner, Eric Cullin, Jill Korobkin, Don Whitaker, Tom Picot
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Helping Out in BizTown
Advantage Resourcing's Human Resources team in Atlanta, GA recently volunteered with the Georgia Staffing Association at Junior Achievement of Georgia’s Biz Town. Junior Achievement is a non-profit organization that offers a real-life education center to 6th grade students. The program cultivates and prepares students to succeed in a global economy. However, this is no ordinary field trip!
To prepare for the Junior Achievement’s BizTown event, the students participated in a life-skill lesson plan - learning how to write a check and record their credits and debits in a check register. This skill is reinforced in BizTown, as each student is provided a checkbook, check register, and a debit card. Since each student held a position in BizTown, they earned two paychecks and were required to open a savings account. After each student opened their savings account, they were allowed to shop at each of the stores with their earnings, utilizing their BizTown debit card. Each store offered company’s branded items such as bobble-head pens, stress balls, and even a Tervis tumbler! “The Junior Achievement program ensures that every student is prepared for the real world. Whether it is how to write a check, being courteous to others, or how to work in a group dynamic, I feel that each student left BizTown learning more about how to operate a business and be a member of the workforce,” Corporate Trainer Kelly Zavagnin said of the volunteer program.
BizTown was set up just as a real town would be established, with a Home Depot, Chick fil A, Wells Fargo bank, and even a QT gas station. In BizTown, students were partnered together at a business and were assigned roles, such as CEO, CFO, B2B or B2C roles. Each student’s primary responsibility was to complete their assigned tasks to ensure that their business earned revenue by selling a good or providing a service. Volunteers Rachel Linton, HRIS Specialist, and Kelly Zavagnin, Corporate Trainer, served as CVOs (Chief Volunteer Officers) of Brand Bank. At the bank, the students were assigned roles of CEO, CFO, Loan Officer, and Tellers. They were responsible for ensuring that every student attending BizTown successfully opened a savings account. Throughout the day, Junior Achievement staff was available to answer any questions that the students or CVOs might have had. “When volunteering with the Junior Achievement program I have always been very impressed with the group that runs the program. They have done an amazing job creating a program that keeps the kids engaged.” states Rachel Linton, HRIS Specialist.
“At the beginning of the day, each student entered the center with their main focus of what they would be eating for lunch and when they would get to go shopping. Each student learned very quickly that they would need to change their focus from that of an individual to working together as a team to ensure that they had coverage in their business while others took a break.” Kelly Zavagnin noted. At the end of the day, each CEO was responsible for attending a town hall meeting and presenting an overview of their company’s finances as well as discussing how they could have improved their business. Where each student may not have walked away with a debit card that they can use at an actual store, they learned what is was like to work as a team, how to manage personal finances, and how to treat others with kindness and respect in their community.
To learn more about volunteering with the Junior Achievement in your community, please visit www.juniorachivement.org