General Motors Announces $100,000 in Grants to local Nonprofits
Lake Orion, MI – Today, General Motors Orion Assembly, Pontiac Pre-Production Operations and Pontiac Stamping announced charitable investments in the community surrounding its manufacturing facilities, providing grants to five nonprofit organizations totaling $100,000.
The grants were provided through GM’s Community Impact Grants program, which was created in 2010 to empower local GM leaders and employees to direct funding toward nonprofit organizations addressing local issues facing their communities.
“As part of our mission at GM, we recognize our company’s responsibility to make a positive social impact” said Jim Quick, Orion Assembly Executive Director. “We’re proud to support these non-profit organizations that strengthen the communities where we live and work.” Since 2019, GM has granted more than $13 million to nonprofits in its facility communities, and $460,000 to Lake Orion and Pontiac, through the Community Impact Grants program.
Funding was provided to local nonprofits including:
- The Baldwin Center’s After School program provides academic enrichment activities for youth grades k-12 in Pontiac at little or no charge to families. Jump Start engages youth grades k-5 in the excitement of STEM activities and how it relates to everyday activities. The Kidnetic program, for grades 6-12 utilizes a series of social and emotional development curriculums, which help youth in critical thinking and problem solving, as a foundation for success in STEM programs.
- Blessings in a Backpack Lake Orion feeds hungry Lake Orion schoolchildren every weekend during the entire school year, whose families qualify for the federal Free and Reduced-Price Meal program. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health, and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.
- International Technology Academy Initiatives Foundation program includes two (2) Young Engineers Clubs (Elem. & Secondary) and two (2) Gaming & Artificial Intelligence Club (Elem & Secondary). The YEC will enhance STEM classroom learning by designing and completing engineering projects in the areas of computer-aided design, 3D printing, and in areas such as electrification and rapid manufacturing. G&AI Club will provide secondary students a chance to design & execute to completion.
- Center for Success Network’s program provides structured, literacy focused out-of-school learning programs for elementary-aged students in Pontiac. A rigorous literacy support program is complemented by inspiring enrichment events and family support engagements. The center transports students to after-school program sites, provides them with nutritional meals during each session, and connects them with a responsive community of staff, mentors, and enrichment partners.
- Reroot Pontiac installed a 2-acre community garden using sustainable gardening methods. This year produce will be available for residents. The next steps for the project will be to develop a cultural garden community program.
These local donations are part of charitable investments in the communities surrounding GM’s U.S. manufacturing facilities, providing grants to 157 nonprofit organizations totaling $3 million this year. These grants align with the company’s overarching philanthropic priorities focused on STEM education, vehicle and road safety, and community development, as well as targeted investments that enhance the quality of life in facility communities around the world.
In 2022, GM provided $60 million to more than 400 nonprofits dedicated to helping create inclusive solutions to social issues around the world. GM employees strengthened the impact with 158,000 volunteer hours and more than $5 million in donations. Learn more at gm.com/commitments/communities.
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