Q: Tell us about your volunteer service in 2020? 


  • DTE Impact Program with Cody High School 
  • Contactless Food Distribution for Senior day at Beacon Park 
  • Create Care Cards for Homebound Seniors in our Service Territory 
  • Forgotten Harvest Neighborhood Food Give away at New Providence Baptist Church 

Q: Why do you volunteer? 

A: I have been blessed with a loving family, a good education, and a fulfilling & successful career. Volunteering gives me an opportunity to share my experiences, skills and knowledge with people who are not aware of opportunities available to them.     

Q: Is there a memorable experience that you can share about your volunteer service? 

A: Last year working with the DTE Impact Program (Amanda – can we link to video?) and Cody High School was difficult. The entire program was virtual, so we didn’t have hands on interaction with the students. I was so impressed with one student who started out barley talking to stepping up and successfully presented to the entire DTE summer student group. 

Q: What would you say to other retirees who are thinking about volunteering? 

A: Anyone who has worked long enough to retire has something to offer to others, especially our youth. Volunteering is also a two-way street; you provide knowledge, and you gain new knowledge and information from those you are assisting.   

Q: Feel free to add anything else that you may want to share w/ our Alumni Network. 

A: I have enjoyed volunteering with friends I used to work with and meeting new retirees who through volunteering have now become friends.   

Editor’s note: DTE is fortunate to have Deb representing our values through the IMPACT team and in her other volunteer activities.  Last year she contributed a staggering 190 volunteer hours to our Care Force volunteer program. Deb is also an active Alumni Ambassador, a smaller group of DTE Alumni who help share their feedback and ideas to help grow the DTE Alumni Network. 

To find volunteer opportunities or to log your hours to qualify for McCarthy grants, please visit https://dteenergy.yourcause.com or visit the Alumni page www.dteenergy.com/alumni

If you would like to learn more about becoming an Alumni Ambassador or DTE’s volunteer program, Care Force, please reach out to us at alumni@dteenergy.com.