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In the past year, members of the UAW-Ford National Programs Center have gone above and beyond to support the work of AFG. In June, they held a very successful fundraiser that raised $10,000 to support our Rise N’ Shine summer camp. Since then, they have supported AFG’s programs in many ways, from connecting AFG with other sources of support to going out of their way to drop off pumpkins for participants to carve and decorate. On Wednesday, October 22, Alternatives For Girls recognized this tremendous support by holding a room dedication ceremony to honor the UAW-Ford.
The room that was dedicated in honor of the UAW-Ford was the Transition to Independent Living (TIL) classroom. The TIL classroom is regularly used by the Shelter Department to hold life skills classes for the shelter residents. Topics covered include; career development, financial literacy, and healthy living. Because of the room’s heavy focus on educational advancement, the UAW-Ford team members decided to adopt the classroom and support the classes and programs that take place in the room.
UAW-Ford Vice President, Jimmy Settles, was in attendance for the ceremony, as well as roughly 35 other UAW-Ford members from the Benefits, JSP, Digital Media, and Special Projects Departments. After enjoying lunch, the group heard remarks from AFG CEO, Amy Good, a testimonial speech from a former Shelter resident, and finally from Alexis Cartwright, the Curriculum Coordinator for the TIL Program, who spoke first hand on how the room helps the young women she works with.
The UAW-Ford team has already compiled a list of needed items for the room and plan to donate needed supplies, give the room a face-lift, and schedule workshops about skilled labor. AFG would like to give a special thank you to Vaughan Tolliver, Jeff Faber, Gerard Coiffard, and Gregg Dunn who have been at the forefront of the projects that have helped the girls and women we serve.