While Month of Caring is dedicated to volunteerism, the Monroe Area Task Force focuses on giving back year-round. Composed of employees that live in the area and, the task force was DTE Energy’s very first volunteer chapter and has a history of more than 25 years partnering with organizations in the Monroe community. From clean-up projects and walk/run events, to blood drives and board service, the task force is a shining example of being a force for growth in the communities where they live and serve.

Molly Luempert-Coy, regional manager, says that 99% of the task force’s volunteer activities happen after-hours or on the weekend. “I can’t say enough great things about our members,” said Luempert-Coy. “Their actions not only help the Monroe area grow and prosper, they help our company achieve its operational goals as well.”

With the energy of hundreds of volunteers in 2016, the task force worked side-by-side with 120 organizations in more than 100 volunteer projects putting in more than 1,000 volunteer hours. Their commitment includes participating in a group volunteer project the second Tuesday of every month, and their dedication has not gone unnoticed.

The Michigan Week Committee and Monroe County Government Leaders honored DTE and the task force with the “Heart of Gold” award for the company being a long-time partner and employer in the county and for the task force’s volunteer work. The task force was also honored as the “High Energy Chapter” for engaging employees and strengthening connections to their local community at the company’s annual CareForce Recognition event in May.  “We have so many great groups volunteering in the community,” said Tomara Nolan, volunteerism supervisor, Public Affairs. “Monroe stands out for their outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life for residents in their area.”

“It’s our way of giving everyone a chance to give back and it allows employees to see things from a different point of view,’ said Jeff Hensley, administrative support leader, FG Monroe Power Plant.

This year, the task force has continued to reach new heights by engaging over 200 volunteers in more than 10 activities during the Month of Caring alone. Here’s some of the things they’ve accomplished this month:

  • 65 volunteers worked at the Monroe County Fair in the Monroe Business Expo
  • 26 employees volunteered at the River Raisin Jazz Festival
  • 30 employees of the Women in Nuclear (WIN) group volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in an all-women’s house build in Monroe County
  • 15 volunteers helped with the Fermi 2 Walk/Run to benefit Monroe Literacy.
  • Monroe Power Plant employees volunteered at the Monroe County Opportunity Program (MCOP) Food Bank
  • Fermi 2 employees volunteered at Oaks of Righteousness soup kitchen, serving lunch to the needy
  • Members supported the Community Foundation of Monroe and Miss Monroe County with their annual fundraisers.

“We’re here to be good stewards of the earth, it’s inhabitants and each other – that’s humanity,” said Madonna Burkit, work management specialist, Major Enterprise Projects. “And we volunteer because we believe that and we know we’re really helping make life better for someone else.”

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