DCAN Summer Support 

Detroit College Access Network’s summer support is all about staying connected with Detroit students and families over the summer to help them stay on track to their post-secondary plans.

In a school year rife with obstacles, the incoming summer months revive a familiar but COVID-untested challenge for higher education: as many as 40% of low-income students who are accepted to college in the spring fail to attend in the fall, a trend commonly referred to as “summer melt.”

To combat summer melt, DCAN is working in partnership with the Detroit Chamber and Detroit Drives Degrees to ensure the class of 2020’s students do arrive — virtually or otherwise — to class in the fall. DCAN is offering free services to high school students (including the class of 2020), current college students, families/parents supporting students and adults seeking to enroll in a college or career program.

Workshops and one-on-one advising are available for:

  • Researching programs/colleges/careers
  • Completing applications/required documentation
  • Financial aid process
  • Soft skill development (e.g. time management, study skills)
  • Student advising available for anyone seeking guidance
  • Support for adults seeking a career change
  • Support for adults who want to finish or start a program

To learn more, go to https://www.detroitcan.org/summer.

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Detroit Public Television

Serving Southeast Michigan, Detroit Public TV (DPTV) is Michigan’s largest and most watched television station, with the most diverse public television audience in the country. DPTV is the state’s only community-licensed station, meaning it operates independent of any educational, government or other institution. Its funding come solely from the community.

Each week, more than two million people watch DPTV’s four broadcast channels, and nearly 200,000 people listen its radio station, WRCJ 90.9 FM for classical days and jazzy nights. In addition, DPTV is building the next generation of public media with a rapidly growing digital presence, which now reaches more than half a million unique visitors through its website, YouTube channels and social media platforms each month.

Detroit Regional Chamber, Detroit Public Television Launch New Digital Series Inspired by the Mackinac Policy Conference

MPC20 Conversations to feature Eugene Robinson, Andrew Yang, Harold Ford Jr., Gov. Whitmer, Mayor Duggan, and more.

DETROIT, MICH. (August 11, 2020) – Fulfilling the demand for statewide discussion on moving Michigan forward at this critical time, the Detroit Regional Chamber, in partnership with Detroit Public Television, is launching “MPC20 Conversations: Respond and Rebuild.” This free digital series offers national and local speakers and dialogue, inspired by the tenor of conversation traditionally held at the Mackinac Policy Conference, every Wednesday, and most Fridays at 11 a.m., from Aug. 19 through Nov. 13.

Headliners throughout the 13-week series include Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Mayor Mike Duggan, along with national speakers such as Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson, former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, best-selling author Margaret Hoover, and political pundit Harold Ford Jr., who will also provide perspective.

“MPC20 Conversations will bring viewers, across Michigan and beyond, the type of public conversations that drive action around the crucial immediate and longer-term issues that will move our region and state’s prosperity forward,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “There has never been a more important time to hold discussions among the state’s top business, government, and civic leadership.”

Discussions will focus on Michigan’s COVID-19 response and economic recovery, the 2020 election, and racial justice and achieving equity.

“MPC20 Conversations will reflect on the challenges impacting Michiganders during the current economic, public health, and racial justice crises. In the face of ongoing adversity, the Chamber seeks to bring together statewide leaders to discuss these challenges,” said Ryan Maibach, president and CEO of Barton Malow Holdings, and Chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board of Directors.

The series will be livestreamed online via the Chamber (detroitchamber.com/mpc20-conversations) and DPTV (dptv.org). Additionally, DPTV will air recap segments on Sept. 17 and Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. on One Detroit.

“Detroit Public TV is honored to partner with the Detroit Regional Chamber for the 10th consecutive year to bring these crucial conversations to the widest possible audience,” said Rich Homberg, president and CEO of DPTV. “Even though these discussions are now taking place in virtual space instead of on Mackinac Island, they are just as important in setting the agenda for social policy and social justice for the diverse communities we serve – in fact, even more so considering the challenges posed by the many-sided crisis we currently face.”

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) is the presenting sponsor of MPC20 Conversations. There are 42 additional sponsors from the corporate and philanthropic community.

“MPC20 Conversations offers opportunities for discussions about the monumental issues facing our society,” said Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO of BCBSM. “Considering the diverse viewpoints of these speakers and continuing the inclusive conversations will help our region and state emerge stronger with greater empathy and compassion.”

View the 13-week schedule: detroitchamber.com/mpc20-conversations/agenda/

Media interested in embedding live sessions on their website can request more information from Kelly Sweeny at ksweeny@detroitchamber.com or Matt Friedman at mfriedman@tannerfriedman.com.

Visit detroitchamber.com/mpc20-conversations to learn more.

Patti Poppe

Patti Poppe is president and CEO of Consumers Energy and CMS Energy. She previously served as senior vice president of distribution operations, engineering and transmission for CMS Energy, and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy.

Poppe oversees the company’s electric and gas distribution systems, energy operations and electric transmission. Her responsibilities include engineering, maintenance and operations of the electric and natural gas delivery systems.

Prior to her current role, Poppe served as Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience, rates and regulation. Before joining Consumers Energy, Poppe served as a director of energy optimization and as power plant director at DTE Energy overseeing five generating facilities. Prior to working for DTE Energy, Poppe held a variety of plant management positions in the automotive industry.

Delta Dental of Michigan

Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, and its affiliates in Arkansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina and Tennessee collectively are among the largest dental plan administrators in the nation. In 2019, the enterprise paid out nearly $4 billion for dental care for more than 14 million members.

Dental benefits is our core business and we are dedicated to improving oral health in the communities we serve. But oral health is not an isolated issue.

It is connected to public health, education and overall economic development.

That’s why Delta Dental of Michigan is committed to investing in initiatives that support healthy, smart, vibrant—and inclusive—communities. This ensures that Delta Dental is an essential business partner building solid, sustainable communities where our customers can succeed and where we can all raise our families and enjoy our lives.

The Kroger Co.

At The Kroger Co., we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are, across our family of companies, nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

General Motors, Detroit Regional Chamber Launch Third Annual NeighborHUB Grant Program

Amid COVID-19 challenges, funding expands from five to 10 $30,000 awards, other benefits for nonprofits, small businesses

To apply or register for an informational session, please visit detroitchamber.com/neighborhub.

DETROIT, MICH. (August 10, 2020) – Today, an expanded NeighborHUB community grant program opened its application period for registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in Detroit, Hamtramck, or Highland Park to apply for grants of up to $30,000 and additional business support. The application period will be open until Sept. 18, 2020 with 10 awardees notified this fall.

Given the impacts of COVID-19 on the community, the NeighborHUB grant program has introduced new criteria and awards for the 2020-21 cohort:

  • The total amount of grants that will be given out has doubled to $300,000, providing funding for five additional organizations.
  • Small businesses, among the hardest hit financially by the pandemic, can partner with nonprofits that meet the criteria on an application. An example of this would be a small business that wanted to offer space for a project for community programming, gatherings, classes, workshops etc.
  • Eligible projects will be paired with General Motors volunteers who have expertise in areas such as marketing, engineering, law, information technology, etc.
  • PPE supply will also be available all awardees.

Now in its third year of funding neighborhood-focused projects, NeighborHUB is a collaborative effort between General Motors and the Detroit Regional Chamber designed to empower residents to affect change in their neighborhoods through a physical presence and innovative programming.

“General Motors is proud to double this year’s NeighborHUB grant awards and offer our partners more capacity-building services and expertise,” said Terry Rhadigan, executive director of Corporate Giving for GM. “Each year, we hear directly from our neighbors about the challenges their communities are facing and the ideas they have to drive change. While this year might look a little different, Detroiters’ resiliency is unmatched and with that brings great hope for our future.”

Over the past two years, the program has awarded 13 grants totaling $390,000 to community nonprofits that have launched spaces designed to foster collaboration, change, and positively impact their neighborhoods.

“The lasting impacts of COVID-19 to the City of Detroit cannot yet be realized but have created ongoing challenges for the neighborhoods and their businesses,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Seeing past NeighborHUB grantees use their spaces during the pandemic to help is exactly why we created this program to empower neighborhoods from within their community.”

Past NeighborHUB grantee George Adams of 360 Detroit has been distributing PPE kits along with First Aid supplies and toys for kids to local residents in the Virginia Park neighborhood, where their NeigborHUB project is located. Another grantee Tacara Woods of the M.I.C.H.A.E.L organization launched the group’s first-ever “Virtual Summer Camp,” amid the pandemic that is focused on helping children cope with the loss of a parent or relative due to violent crime.

The applicants that propose the most innovative and collaborative solutions to pressing issues facing their neighborhood will be awarded a grant of up to $30,000, as well as complementary support services from the Chamber and GM. Successful proposals will have programming centered around a physical space and address a specific need or needs within the neighborhood. (i.e. A vacant storefront or within an existing building; refurbishing a bus stop and organizing ride-sharing in that location; renovating a vacant storefront to provide services to adults to engage in education and work opportunities; building out an existing coffee shop to facilitate co-working and professional development; or improving a public park to provide after-school programming or promote community gathering.)

A committee with representatives from local organizations helps with the selection of grant recipients. In addition to the Chamber and GM, the committee includes representatives from Michigan Community Resources, City of Detroit, Co.act Detroit, BLAC Detroit Magazine, and Techtown.

“As this nation grapples with the chokehold of a pandemic (COVID-19) within a pandemic (anti-blackness) – it is crucial that dedicated investments continue to flow to communities of color, indigenous people and projects,” said Shamyle Dobbs, CEO of Michigan Community Resources. “Now in its third year, the NeighborHUB program creates a pipeline of dedicated investments connected to skilled volunteers, that support community resilience in the City of Detroit.  As corporations across our nation seek pathways to breathe new life into their value propositions of equity – this program reflects a wonderful model to replicate.”

To apply or register for an informational session, please visit detroitchamber.com/neighborhub.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As the voice for business in the 11-county Southeast Michigan region, the Chamber’s mission is carried out through creating a business-friendly climate and value for members, leading a robust economic development strategy, and convening Michigan’s most influential audience at the nationally unique Mackinac Policy Conference.

About General Motors

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at h

Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification; mobility solutions, including self-driving services; and connected services. Ford employs approximately 188,000 people worldwide.

Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services.

The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 66 million consumer and small business clients with approximately 4,300 retail financial centers, including approximately 3,000 lending centers, 2,600 financial centers with a Consumer Investment Financial Solutions Advisor and approximately 2,200 business centers; approximately 16,900 ATMs; and award-winning digital banking with approximately 39 million active users, including approximately 30 million mobile users.

Bank of America is a global leader in wealth management, corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business households through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations across the United States, its territories and approximately 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

For more Bank of America news, including dividend announcements and other important information, visit the Bank of America newsroom. Click here to register for news email alerts.


The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation is a grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment in the quality of life of the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. The two areas reflect Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.’s devotion to his hometown of Detroit and greater Buffalo, home of his Buffalo Bills franchise. Prior to his passing in 2014, Mr. Wilson requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the Foundation that bears his name.

The Foundation has a grantmaking capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires January 8, 2035. This structure is consistent with Mr. Wilson’s desire for the Foundation’s impact to be immediate, substantial, measurable and overseen by those who knew him best.