Detroit Chassis is dedicated to improving not only the lives of its employees but also the community in which they live. The company has taken a leadership role in clean-up campaigns, local business-development efforts and programs to build the character and skills of youth in the city.
With its prominent position in Detroit's Renaissance Zone, Detroit Chassis works to serve as a corporate role model for advancing the values of individual initiative, entrepreneurship, excellence and community development.
Cooperatively, Detroit Chassis supports many programs throughout the community including:
National Association of Black Suppliers Scholarship Fund
The National Association of Black Suppliers Scholarship Fund, an IRS 501(c)(3) organization was created in 1987 by the National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers. Its purpose is to provide scholarship assistance and educational opportunities to high achieving African-American youth. The Scholarship Fund has not only provided over $1.3 million in scholarship since its inception, but has also provided mentoring, counseling, internships, and job opportunities to many of its outstanding and deserving scholarship recipients.
Children's Aid Society of Southeast MI
Michael Guthrie is a former board chair of the Children's Aid Society of Southeast Michigan. Detroit Chassis' plant maintains an active, full-time, on-site Employee Assistance Program (EAP) coordinated by the Children's Aid Society of Southeast Michigan. Its mission is to preserve families and advocate for children by providing innovative direct service programs, which are available for all employee issues without regard to job relationship.
The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce
The Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce (MBCC) is Michigan’s first statewide Black chamber of commerce. The Black chamber’s creation is the culmination of efforts by a network of business organizations in southeast Michigan called the African–American Business Alliance. In 2010, the Alliance refocused its advocacy efforts to establish and transition into the first African–American statewide business organization.
Concerned Christian Men
Carlton Guthrie is the board chairman of Concerned Christian Men - Chicago, Illinois. Concerned Christian Men’s initial and continuing focus has been to provide strong "Black Male" leadership and guidance to young boys living on the South Side of Chicago assisting them in becoming positive, contributing members of their communities.
Detroit Chassis participates in the Job Shadow program annually and has partnered with Hamtramck High School, Kettering High School and Ulysses Grant Elementary/Middle School on Junior Achievement activities. Linda Ratliff is a board member of JA of Southeastern Michigan. Michael Guthrie received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Michael Guthrie served as board president for JA of Mid Michigan and participated on the boards from both JA of Southeastern Michigan and JA of Mid Michigan.
Davis Aerospace Technical High School
Detroit Chassis developed and implemented the Business Applications in Manufacturing Management (BAMM) Program in coordination with Davis Aerospace Technical High School. This program is a twelve-week internship that provides students hands-on experience and an overview of the many facets of running a manufacturing business. Detroit Chassis has representation on the school’s Technical Advisory Committee and meets regularly to design programs and strategies to enhance educational opportunities for students.
United Way of Southeast Michigan
Detroit Chassis conducted annual contribution campaigns for United Way and increased contributions by 25% annually for four consecutive years while meeting Ford Motor Company’s challenge and increased participation to 73% amongst UAW and 93% amongst salaried associates. Detroit Chassis was recognized by United Way for Gold level performance for two consecutive years.
Boy Scouts of America
Detroit Chassis is a patron donor of the “Friends of Scouting” program and partnered with Ford Motor Company, in support of "Learn for Life" character program, which stresses the importance of citizenship and leadership. Detroit Chassis committed $30,000 of the $40,000 total achieved by this initiative.
City of Detroit Annual Clean-up Campaigns
Detroit Chassis staff have volunteered and participated in the City of Detroit’s annual clean-up campaigns for the past 7 years taking responsibility for a portion of Lynch Rd between Van Dyke Avenue and Mt. Elliott Avenue.
Detroit Chassis provided opportunities for its executives to speak with students in various educational programs and serve as mentors for students entering the world of work.
Habitat for Humanity International
The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm, a small, interracial, Christian farming community founded in 1942 outside of Americus, Ga., by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan. Detroit Chassis volunteers assisted the Ford Motor Company Fund in the construction of three homes on Detroit's eastside.