Our Impact in Michigan Communities
Every year we build strong relationships with people in the communities where we live and serve. We believe it is our responsibility to help protect and shape a prosperous future for our communities. Our employees live this belief by dedicating their time, skills and energy to organizations throughout Michigan.
To view our impact in and around your neighborhood, select the category and location pins below.
Cass City Contact Center
DTE announced plans for building the Cass City Contact Center to create and maintain strong customer relationships. Together with the community, local officials and a Michigan Works! team, DTE sourced and hired local talent to create this brand-new customer care center.
Detroit’s leading businesses and organizations partnered to help the city’s youth. The Connected Futures Initiative addressed the digital divide during the COVID-19 crisis.
DTE partners with FIRST Robotics chapters across Michigan to prepare young people for a variety of career paths including engineering, programming, IT, business, marketing and more. Students gain skills and experience to enhance their education.
Summer Youth Nonprofit Work Experience
The DTE Foundation and United Way of the Lakeshore collaborated to support the Summer Youth Nonprofit Work Experience — a program pairing teens and young adults with different nonprofit organizations to work 32 hours a week for six weeks during the summer.
At the beginning of 2020, DTE welcomed 500 college and high school students into our virtual Work from Anywhere internships. DTE expected to host these students on-site, but when our entire workforce transitioned to working-from-home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we developed contingency plans. With the help of community partners, all internships went virtual.
Parnall Vocational Village
DTE partnered with the Michigan Department of Corrections to provide a first-of-its-kind vocational training program for inmates. Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson is now home to MDOC’s Vocational Village, which trains current inmates, who are eligible for parole, for an in-demand career in tree trimming.
DTE’s company-wide commitment to volunteerism connects employees to hundreds of organizations to further their missions and serve communities. While our numbers of volunteers and hours served are impressive, the impact is immeasurable.
Selah’s Center for Hope
Selah’s Center of Hope received a $15,000 grant from the DTE Foundation to support the Monroe-based maternity home’s comprehensive faith-based programming. The grant will help the center continue to provide a safe, nurturing and stable sanctuary for homeless and impoverished women who find themselves facing unexpected pregnancies.
Domestic Violence Shelters
The DTE Foundation awarded its third round of grants to all 45 domestic violence shelters funded by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services to help provide safe havens needed by survivors to find hope and heal. The Foundation’s $420,000 donation, in combination with previous awards, brings the amount of support to shelters funded by MDHHS to $1.8 million.
During the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, DTE remained committed to providing customers and communities with the support they needed. From helping customers facing financial insecurity with their energy bills to fully activating the DTE Foundation and its nonprofit partners to supply food, shelter and other basic needs.
Meals on Wheels
For many seniors, holidays can be isolating, especially during a pandemic when they need to social distance for safety. While the holidays looked different during the COVID-19 pandemic, a special tradition endured at DTE — delivering warm holiday meals to seniors through Meals on Wheels.
Habitat for Humanity of Michigan
In an expansion of its longstanding partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Michigan, the DTE Foundation awarded a $110,000 grant to support HFHM’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Safe at Home Program.
COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance
COVID Emergency Rental Assistance funds are available to help renters with the following bills: past-due rent, energy, internet, water and/or sewage. Most payments are made directly to your landlord, energy provider or agency on your behalf.
Tree Trim Academy
DTE and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers partnership established this Detroit-based program to provide training for those seeking a career in Line Clearance Tree Trimming. DTE’s commitment is to grow and develop local and diverse talent to meet the needs of maintaining safe, reliable energy.
Your Cause, Your Choice Contest
The DTE Foundation awarded eight Michigan-based nonprofit organizations a $10,000 grant and the option to utilize DTE employee volunteers. The Your Cause, Your Choice contest is one way the company is demonstrating its commitment to community investment and development.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Grants
The DTE Foundation awarded more than $1 million in grants to eight Michigan-based organizations focused on encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion. Grant recipients included: the Council of Michigan Foundations, Detroit Regional Chamber, Dutton Farm, GreenLight Fund, Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development, Neighborhood Defender Service of Detroit, New Detroit and NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work).
DTE Energy’s Beacon Park attracts visitors with its expansive green space, year-round events, interactive light installations and a restaurant featuring rooftop seating with panoramic views of the park and Detroit’s skyline.
North End Neighborhood
Near DTE’s Caniff and Trombly Service Centers, the North End neighborhood is located between Woodward Avenue and I-75. Since the inception of the North End Neighborhood Program in 2017, DTE and the DTE Foundation have improved Detroit’s historic neighborhood by investing millions of dollars to help the community thrive.
Once a Michigan Consolidated Gas Company industrial site, a parcel of land along the Huron River in Ann Arbor was transformed into a public park and mixed-use development site.
The Detroit Downtown Partnership, DTE Energy and local artists Freddy Diaz and Donald Calloway were one of the three finalists in Ford’s City:One Challenge. The team’s goal was to improve safety and mobility on the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Lodge Freeway to better connect Corktown and Southwest Detroit to the downtown area.
Inland Seas Education Association
For nearly 30 years, the DTE Foundation and the Suttons Bay-based Inland Seas Education Association have successfully supported school children crewing schooners equipped with science labs to inspire a love for the Great Lakes.
Lake Erie Basin Initiative
The DTE Foundation provided support for the Lake Erie Basin Initiative — a program to ensure social, economic and ecological benefits through strategic conservation action. The Foundation also supports the organization’s effort to protect Michigan’s coastal habitats and integrate nature-based stormwater management solutions.
Through approximately $400,000 in grants awarded by the DTE Foundation, the Huron River Watershed Council, ReLeaf Michigan and The Nature Conservancy created and filled one new fellowship position at each organization. These fellowships provided unique opportunities for a diverse group of recent graduates and early career professionals.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the DTE Foundation and ReLeaf Michigan have a 25-year partnership leading urban and rural tree-planting efforts in communities across the state.
Zero-emission Electric School Buses
DTE has partnered with Ann Arbor and Roseville schools to deploy six new electric school buses used for transportation and as educational tools for children to learn about the environmental impacts of carbon emissions and electric vehicles.
The University of Michigan Goes Green
The University of Michigan is going green – and it has nothing to do with in-state rival Michigan State. The Wolverines signed up for DTE’s MIGreenPower, a program allowing customers to attribute more of their energy to Michigan-made renewable energy.
During Earth Week, DTE partnered with several business customers to announce clean energy commitments to our MIGreenPower voluntary renewable energy program.
Randolph Career Technical Center
The DTE Foundation invested in Detroit’s Randolph Career and Technical Center with company volunteers serving as project managers, teachers and construction workers to provide immediate job training for those looking to work in skilled trades. The Foundation’s support also leveraged community partners to help refurbish the school.
Detroit Means Business
DTE worked with Detroit Means Business to reopen small businesses safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pure Michigan Spend
Since 2010, DTE has invested $13.7 billion with Michigan-based vendors, creating and sustaining 44,000 Michigan jobs.
Arts & Culture Grants
The DTE Foundation awarded grants to Michigan-based organizations focused on arts and culture — to enrich diverse communities across the state. Organizations will use this financial support to encourage cultural understanding and offer special experiences to area youth.