For many years, Southfield, Michigan associates have been active in supporting programs to get food to those in need. Whether it has been food drives on campus or packaging food at Focus Hope, we have worked to ensure there was food on the table for those in need. The COVID-19 crisis has only increased the need.
In coordination with Community Affairs, associates are continuing to pack and distribute food to those in need. Recently, associates from Thermal Business Group (PG1 Engineering) spent their mornings packaging food for Focus Hope’s senior delivery program, while others were distributing food at Southfield High School to community members in need.
“It was evident when we walked in, they desperately needed help. I’m so glad we as DENSO could make such a big impact in such a short time, “ said Pete Bassick, Sr. Design Engineer. “Focus Hope did a great job ensuring social distancing and mask usage throughout the event. I felt safe the entire time and plan to go back.”
Big thanks to our thermal team for jumping in to help! DENSO volunteers packed 12.5 pallets, which is approximately 670 food boxes. The day before Focus Hope had only packed 4 pallets.
Focus Hope in Detroit has two needs for volunteers: (1) Packaging food boxes for distribution and (2) distribution of the packed boxes. The packaging activity occurs inside. Food distribution requires volunteers to deliver pre-packed boxes from the Focus Hope warehouse to the senior in need.
Focus Hope also conducts a temperature screening of all volunteers prior to beginning.
Those interested in volunteering can review the available slots at: https://focushope.galaxydigital.com/need/detail/?need_id=486261
Another volunteer option is distribution of fresh produce and dairy. The distribution occurs at Southfield High School every Friday from 9am-1pm. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 8:45. This event is held outdoors. The volunteers distribute food to approximately 1,200 recipients each Friday.
Those interested in volunteering for this distribution should contact Melissa Smith.
Community Affairs reviews volunteer projects prior to associate participation to ensure social distancing and safe practices are in place. Participants are required to wear masks during their volunteer time.