GM Foundation: Press Release

GM Employees Prepare for Week of Service

First ‘teamGM Cares’ volunteer week attracts 4,250 employees for 110 projects
 
DETROIT – Some 4,250 General Motors employees nationwide will take on 110 community service projects – from building houses to cleaning up rivers to bagging and distributing groceries – as part of the first teamGM Cares volunteer week from Sept.10-15.

The participation in community service projects across America is expected to become an annual event to reinforce GM’s commitment to employee volunteerism and to highlight the importance of service. Employees are doing most of the volunteering during normal working hours.

“This is the first of many opportunities we will create to demonstrate our commitment to giving back and to showing our communities that we care,” GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson told employees recently. “We’re going to make it as easy as possible for our teamGM Cares Volunteers to help those in need.”
Volunteers from across General Motors’ various business functions and locations will participate in a variety of projects during the week, and throughout the month, including:

  • Building new houses and cleaning up neighborhoods with Habitat for Humanity in Detroit and Warren, Mich.
  • Cleaning up the banks of Wild Cat Creek in Kokomo, Ind.
  • Collecting canned goods for City Harvest food bank in New York City.
  • Collecting school supplies for high schools in Toledo, Ohio
  • Bagging and distributing groceries to residents in low-income housing within Ventura County, Calif., and its surrounding communities.Constructing a demo home for Food for the Poor in South Florida
  • Painting a building at Wyandotte County Park in Kansas City, Kan.
  • Cleaning up John Williams Boulevard as part of the Adopt-A-Highway program in Bedford, Ind.


“Our volunteer efforts are the way that we say thank you to the communities that host our business operations,” said Cadillac Marketing Manager Sabin Blake, head of the teamGM Cares volunteer organization. “Our program is getting stronger because the need in our communities is greater than ever. We are determined to make a difference.”

General Motors’ teamGM Cares brings GM employees together with nonprofits about which they are passionate. Since January 2011, teamGM Cares volunteers have contributed an estimated 16,500 hours of volunteer work. For every 50 hours a GM employee volunteers per year at an eligible nonprofit, the GM Foundation provides that organization with a $200 grant.

To learn more about the teamGM Cares volunteers, visit www.teamgmcares.com. For more information on the charitable work of the GM Foundation, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.
 
About General Motors Co.
General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets.  GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

About the GM Foundation
Since its inception in 1976, the GM Foundation has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to American charities, educational organizations and to disaster relief efforts worldwide. The GM Foundation focuses on supporting Education, Health and Human Services, Environment and Energy and Community Development initiatives, mainly in the communities where GM operates. For more information, visit www.gm.com/gmfoundation.

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Maria Mainville
GM Reputation & Foundation Communications
313-573-7794
maria.mainville@gm.com