The holidays are a time when we celebrate family, friends and community. For me personally, one of the most important ways of strengthening the community is to always look at giving something back. That’s a perspective that I have tried to bring to my professional endeavors, as well, and we have made charitable giving a big part of what we do here at Powerlink. We see supporting the community—and youth in particular—as an essential part of our professional responsibilities. I think that when an individual or an organization has success that they have a responsibility to do something for the community they serve. For me in particular, as someone who grew up in Detroit and feels such a strong connection to and love for the city, that motivation is particularly strong. And because Powerlink is a Detroit-based company, we think it’s critical to give back to the community in a way that helps youth gain the same opportunities that gave people like me the opportunity to succeed.
At Powerlink we see the value in engaged community commitment year-round. That’s why we work with fantastic local organizations such as Winning Futures and Greg Kelser’s Shoot for Your Goals basketball camp for kids. Winning Futures is a great non-profit that offers mentoring programs and workshops for middle school and high school students in Southeast Michigan. The Shoot for the Goals camp is from June 18th to June 22nd, and not only teaches kids basketball skills, but also a lot about goal setting and preparing them for the challenges that will face them as they learn and grow as high school students. I can tell you that myself and a number of members of our organization volunteer for these workshops and events, and there’s no greater reward than getting an opportunity to serve as a role model, mentor, and positive example for these kids.
Visit the Winning Futures website at www.winningfutures.org to register 8th and 9th graders, or to sign up to volunteer as a mentor for the program.