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Volunteer Opportunities

Habitat for Humanity

DTE Energy volunteers are needed to help Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing organization. Since 1976, Habitat has built more than 175,000 houses, providing shelter for nearly 900,000 people worldwide. Now at work in 100 countries, we are building a house every 26 minutes. As of 2005, Habitat houses will be sheltering 1 million people. We welcome everyone to join us as we build simple, decent, affordable houses in partnership with those who lack adequate shelter. If you have any interest contact Michael Sage, 313.235.5764, email : sagem

Working Together Committee

This group builds ramps for the disabled with lumber paid for by the United Way. They also get involved in adopt-a-family efforts and other activities throughout the year. For more information, contact Ed Woods, 313.965.9817 or Sandra Crum, 313.596.4175.

American Heart Association (AHA) Start! Heart Walk

Employees, retirees, friends and family are invited to become team captains and participate in local AHA Start! Heart Walks held yearly in May. The money raised for this event supports heart research and education. Heart disease and stroke are the number one and three causes of death. Therefore, heart research and education are important. That's why our company is once again supporting local chapters of the AHA. Retirees interested in being a Team Captain or participating in an AHA Michigan Start! Heart Walk can do so by calling the DTE Energy AHA coordinator Wilma Davies, 313.235.9906, or Jennifer Marentette, 248.936.5811.

Annual Fermi 2 Energy Run

The run is a chance to help a good cause, enjoy some friendly competition and get some fresh air and exercise in a beautiful setting on the campus of Monroe County Community College. The Energy Run, sponsored by Fermi 2, the Washington Group, the Monroe Milers, and Monroe County Community College, benefits Monroe Project Read, a program dedicated to increasing adult literacy through volunteer tutoring programs. The event includes a one mile fun run, a 5k and 8k cross-country races judged and timed by the Monroe Milers running club. Energy Run participants are welcome to bring family members and friends. Entertainment and activities provided for children and adults include an Enviro-Magic show, face painting, and more. For more information on the Energy Run, contact Wendy Spicer, 734.586.4168, email: Wendy Spicer.

Holiday Meals on Wheels Program

Retirees, employees, family and friends can volunteer to help make the holidays brighter for homebound seniors in metro Detroit by packing and/or delivering food on Dec. 23 and 25. Through this effort we will serve 5,700 seniors in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Harper Woods, and the five Grosse Pointes. The

DTE Energy Meals on Wheels Program

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is in need of hundreds of volunteers. If you'd like to volunteer, submit the eForm or contact Marie Wayman, 313.235.1797. If you are unable to volunteer your time, but would still like to help, you can make a donation to the Holiday Meals on Wheels Program by visiting the Detroit Area Agency on Aging website. Every $5 donation buys one meal for a homebound senior. In addition, our DTE Energy Foundation will donate $25,000 to the Holiday Meals on Wheels Program. Volunteers must sign up by Dec. 3!

Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion (MRDI) Walk2gether

One day in May, employees, retirees, friends and family Walk2gether at Belle Isle in Detroit to support the MRDI, a human-relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, racism and discrimination in the United States. The MRDI promotes understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education. Walk captains are needed for the walk. Captains recruit walkers, collect registration forms and money, and distribute T-shirts to walkers. The MRDI Walk2gether is a way for DTE Energy employees and retirees to demonstrate commitment to a community that is inclusive and just. Information on how you can become a walk captain will be posted a few months prior to the date of the walk.

MS-150

Join the DTE Cycling Club for the MS-150, the ride to raise money to fund research into a cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord that usually strikes people in the prime of their lives, between the ages of 20 and 50. More than 400,000 people nationwide live with the devastating effects of MS, 75 percent of them women. While there are many promising treatments for MS, there is still no cure. Last year's DTE Cycling Club Team raised $5529. If you would like more information about the DTE Cycling Club, contact Marlane Potter. If you would like more information about the MS-150, or a registration brochure, contact Reed Romain.

Paint the Town

DTE Energy's Detroit Community Involvement Task Force manages this annual community service project each summer, usually in August. Various companies and organizations will paint and repair homes for low-income residents, senior citizens and disabled adults in Inkster, Pontiac and Detroit's east side. Volunteers are welcome. Paint, equipment, supplies, T-shirts/caps, transportation and lunch will be provided. If you like to scrape, clean, paint, climb on ladders or just support those who do, contact Denise Thomas, 734.397.4203, email: Denise Thomas.

Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April

DTE Energy employees and their family members age 12 and over are needed to volunteer for "Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April." This event, sponsored annually by the DTE Energy Foundation and the Oakland Community Involvement Task Force, encourages employees, their families and friends to come together to renovate the home of a needy Oakland County resident. No experience or specific skills are necessary. (This is a great way for your teenager to complete community service requirement for school or church or for employees to achieve team-building experience.) The event is usually held the last Saturday in April. For more information, contact Carla Gribbs, 248.223.2306.