It’s not often that the 15 employees who work out of the Escanaba Service Center are all gathered in one place, let alone working together in the same place. For this group of employees is focused on serving the 16,000 DTE Energy natural gas customers who live in an expansive 6,400-square-mile service area.

But the employees wanted to participate in the DTE Care Force’s Month of Caring and volunteered to help at the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Escanaba, where they’ll help kids maneuver through the Growing U.P. Foresters exhibit.

“We have five employees and three retirees signed up and we’re excited to volunteer and give back to the community,” said Geri Nelson, a DTE account manager who also serves on the Delta County Chamber of Commerce board of directors. “This really fits with our business, which provides natural gas to many paper mills in the region.”

The Foresters exhibit has been a favorite of fair-goers for many years, and provides an interactive experience about forestry, the paper making process, forest management and forest animals. Exhibit visitors go on a “hike” through a forest-like setting and participate in activities along the trail.