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:
The National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers
Michael Guthrie is the chairman of the National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers (NABAS) Scholarship Fund Board. Both Michael and Carlton Guthrie are active members of The National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers (NABAS) and served as past presidents of the NABAS Trade Association. Detroit Chassis sponsors a scholar annually.
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.
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)
The Inner City 100 is a list of 100 of the fastest-growing companies in America's inner cities. The program is a partnership between the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and Inc. magazine to spotlight and support growing companies in urban areas and to highlight the importance of a healthy economy in developing healthy urban communities. ICIC is a national, not-for-profit, organization founded by Professor Michael Porter of the Harvard Business School.
Children's Aid Society of Southeast MI
Michael Guthrie is a 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.
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 BAMM (Business Applications in Manufacturing Management) program in coordination with Davis Aerospace Technical High School. This program is a twelve-week internship for high school seniors that provide students hands-on experience and an overview of the many facets of manufacturing. Linda Ratliff is a member of the Davis Aerospace Technical High School Advisory Board that meets regularly to design programs and strategies to enhance educational opportunities for inner city youth.
United Way of Southeast Michigan
Detroit Chassis associates conduct annual contribution campaigns for United Way and increased contributions by 25% annually from 2002 - 2006. They met Ford Motor Company's challenge and increased participation to 73% amongst UAW and 93% amongst salaried associates. Linda Ratliff serves on the Corporate Advisory Council for United Way.
Drusilla Farwell Middle School
Detroit Chassis associates participate in Farwell Middle School’s Annual “School to Work Career Exposition,” which provides information relating to career and educational choices for students.
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.
Eastside Industrial Council
Detroit Chassis is a member of the Eastside Industrial Council, an organization dedicated to improving business conditions on Detroit's east side. It was launched in 1994 to strengthen the area by supporting its existing manufacturing members.
Detroit Chassis provides 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.