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Empowering People and Communities

 

Chrysler Group LLC recognizes that part of being a good corporate citizen is actively working to make a positive, lasting impact on the communities where we operate. This includes investing in our facilities and creating jobs; providing financial support to charitable organizations and initiatives; and supporting our neighbors and communities through volunteerism. 

The Chrysler Foundation

The Chrysler Foundation has established a proud legacy of empowering people in the communities where we live and work. Sponsored exclusively by Chrysler Group LLC, the Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of six corporate executives. Since its inception in 1953, the Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants. The Chrysler Foundation currently focuses its efforts on four key areas: 

  • Education – specific concentration on K-12 science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) programs; and broader support for post-secondary level business, design, engineering, finance, manufacturing and supply chain management programs
  • Military – assistance for active, retired and disabled military service members and their families
  • Multicultural / Diversity organizations that promote inclusion and advancement opportunities for diverse populations
  • Youth Development – organizations that provide mentoring and related assistance to aid youth with the transition to becoming successful adults

Our employees are also an extension of Chrysler Group and our brands. Accordingly, the Foundation gives priority consideration to those charitable programs that also provide the Company’s employees with opportunities to volunteer for community service projects.

Community Connection


The spirit of volunteerism is part of the culture at Chrysler, one in which employees are encouraged to become involved in their communities and in issues outside the walls of our plants and offices.  In response, employees have collected and delivered food for community food banks, beautified neighborhoods, donated generously at company-organized blood drives, participated in charity walks and runs, supported Habitat for Humanity, United Way and more. In addition, Chrysler Group executives lend their time and talents by serving on boards of various community institutions and organizations.

In 2012, Chrysler Group’s community service projects made a positive impact on more than 260,000 people in the communities in which we work and live. ​

Robots Help Students
Build a Future


Over the past 17 years, The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Group LLC have invested more than $1.7 million to support to FIRST Robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Lego League teams across the United States and Canada. Additionally, numerous Chrysler employees volunteer their time and talents to the teams, serving as team mentors and competition coordinators.


“The FIRST program is an ideal platform for inspiring the next generation of science and technology leaders that are vital to our industry as well as many others,” said Mark Chernoby, Head of Vehicle Engineering and Vice President - Executive Coordinator, Chrysler Group LLC. “We hope that by engaging students at an early age, we can provide the spark that inspires them to become tomorrow’s engineers.”

Belle Isle: A Jewel in the Rough

 

Cutting trees and branches, and potting plants is not a normal work day for Chrysler Group employees. However, that’s precisely how 150 employees spent their day.

 

Outfitted with gloves, pruning shears, shovels and other gardening equipment, employees removed small trees, vines and bushes along the park’s Nashua Trail and Sylvan Canal Trail on Belle Isle, a 982-acre island park in the Detroit River, between the United States mainland and Canada. Another group spent the day potting native plants in the greenhouse, while another group cleared a fence line of overgrown brush and vines.

 

“Giving our employees the time and resources to make a difference in the community is part of our ongoing commitment to playing a positive role in the city of Detroit’s revitalization,” said Jody Trapasso, President—The Chrysler Foundation.

Harvest for the World


In three years of harvesting fresh food from farms ourselves, we’ve gone from 100,000 pounds of food to 440,000 pounds to an estimated 850,000 pounds this year,” Susan Goodell, Forgotten Harvest president and CEO, said. “One of our greatest barriers to further growth was the lack of equipment to support our staff and volunteers—and today, Ram Truck, Case IH and New Holland have delivered what we need to keep growing our farming operations to feed hungry families in need.

 


The equipment, worth nearly $400,000 and including a new Ram 3500, will enable Forgotten Harvest to expand its farming operations, which provide healthy fruits and vegetables to people who would otherwise go hungry in Southeastern Michigan.

Feeding Hungry Young Minds

It is widely recognized that children cannot concentrate and learn when they’re hungry.

 

“When students are hungry, it is difficult for them to focus on their studies. Our librarians see hunger daily in our branches and understand that an afterschool snack may be for some the last meal of the day,” stated Lurine Carter, Coordinator of Children’s Services at the Detroit Public Library (DPL).

 

Thanks to an innovative partnership between the Detroit Public Library (DPL), Forgotten Harvest and The Chrysler Foundation, school-aged children now enjoy free nutritious snacks and lunches at more than a 20 Detroit library branches.

Launching a New Generation of Rocket Scientists


More than 50 years since a Chrysler-built Redstone rocket launched Alan Shepard into space, students at Warren (Mich.) Consolidated School's Butcher Educational Center will send their science experiment to the International Space Station with support from The Chrysler Foundation.

 

“The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Group are proud to help these students literally reach for the stars,” said Jody Trapasso, President – The Chrysler Foundation. “We hope that our support will inspire these students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that are vital to America’s future.”

 

Overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) typically gives 300-plus students across a community the ability to design and propose real microgravity experiments to be conducted aboard the International Space Station.

 

The Butcher Educational Center, which includes the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center (MMSTC), Community High School and North Star Academy, is one of 11 school districts selected nationally to participate in this national science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiative.