DTE Energy 2010 McCarthy Award Grants
Every year, DTE Energy employees and retirees volunteer thousands of hours to make their communities a better place. They have our heartfelt thanks for giving of themselves day after day. Because thanks just doesn't seem to be enough, the DTE Energy Foundation gives a special award to recognize our employees' and retirees' contributions and help the organizations they serve continue their good work. That's why each award includes a grant made in the recipient's name to the nonprofit organization they serve.
The following organizations – supported by our employee volunteers -- received 2010 McCarthy Award grants from the DTE Energy Foundation: more
A Step Ahead
Accounting Aid Society
Airport Community Schools
Akiva Hebrew Day School – Yeshivat Akiva
American Cancer Society
American Cancer Society, Inc.
American Lung Association of the Midland States, Inc.
American National Red Cross
American Red Cross Monroe County Chapter
American Youth Soccer Organization
Arthur Lesow Community Center
Arts & Scraps
Berlin Charter Township
Bichitra A Religious and Cultural Organization
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monroe
Boxer Haven Rescue
Boy Scouts of America - Great Lakes Council
BSA – Detroit Area Council
BSA – Great Sauk Trail Council
Canton Amateur Hockey Association
Carleton Rotary Club Foundation
Child Advocacy Network of Monroe County, Inc.
Child and Family Services of Michigan
Community Foundation of Monroe County
Community Services Community Development Corporation
County of Monroe
Detroit Dance Collective
Detroit Institute for Children
Detroit Public Schools
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Female Alumni Athletic Boosters
FIRST in Michigan
First Step – Western Wayne County Project on Domestic Assault
Foundation at Monroe County Community College
Friends of the Detroit River
Friends of the River Raisin Battlefield
Gibraltar Area Community Foundation
God Works Family Soup Kitchen
Goodrich Area Schools
Great Lakes Regional Chili, Inc.
Greening of Detroit
Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy
Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County
Heart of West Michigan United Way
Heartbeat of Monroe, Inc.
Holiday Camp Association
Holland Symphony Orchestra
Homes for Black Children
International Wildlife Refuge Alliance
Jacob Michael Davis Foundation, Inc.
Josie Odum Morris Literacy Project, Inc.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources
Kingsley Recreation League
Kiwanis Club of Dearborn Outer Drive Foundation
Loon Lake Elementary PTA
Lupus Alliance of Michigan Indiana Affiliate
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan
March of Dimes Birth Defects National Foundation
Marysville Viking Regiment Boosters Club, Inc.
Mason County Eastern Schools
Mercy Memorial Hospital Corporation
Michigan Duck Hunters Tournament, Inc.
Michigan Interfaith Power and Light
Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion
Midnight Golf Program
Mona Shores Public Schools
Monroe Alano Club, Inc.
Monroe Community Players
Monroe County 4-H Council
Monroe County Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Monroe County Intermediate School District
Monroe County Opportunity Program
Monroe Hockey Association, Inc.
Monroe Public Schools
Monroe Senior Citizens Center
Motor City Blight Busters, Inc.
Motown Historical Museum, Inc.
Muskegon River Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters
North Woodward Community Foundation
Optimist Club Foundation of Central Detroit
Perfecting Community Development Corporation
Pheasants Forever - Monroe
Port Huron Scholarship Assistance Program of St. Clair County
PTSA Michigan Congress of Parents Teachers and Students
Rebuilding Together Oakland County, Inc.
River Raisin Centre for the Arts
Salvation Army - Monroe
Salvation Army - Wyandotte
Second Chance At Life
Senior Alliance, Inc.
Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc.
South Lyon East Band Boosters
Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision Project
St. Charles Borromeo Church
St. Clair County Child Abuse Neglect Council, Inc.
St. John Catholic Church and School
St. Mary Catholic Central High School
St. Michael's Church
St. Patrick Church and School
St. Peter Lutheran Church and School
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
The Guidance Center
The Parade Company
Trenton Firefighters Charities
Trenton Rotary Foundation, Inc.
Trinity Health - Michigan
Trinity Lutheran Church
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
United Way of Isabella County
United Way of Monroe County, Inc.
Utica Community Schools
Village of Estral Beach
Volunteers of Muskegon County Animal Control
Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency
West Michigan Society for Protection and Care of Animals
Westran Insurance Scholarship Foundation
YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit
A little effort makes a big impact with Big Brothers Big Sisters
Every quarter the DTE Energy Foundation celebrates the volunteer spirit of our employees and retirees by awarding grants to the community organizations they support. In 2010, the Foundation awarded 198 McCarthy Award grants totaling $227,000 to non-profits across the DTE Energy service territory. The awards were established in 1990 to honor DTE Energy’s fourth chief executive officer, Walter J. McCarthy Jr. more
The Muskegon River Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) in Big Rapids, Mich., received a McCarthy Award grant of $2,000 in recognition of the volunteer work of Jonathan Salinas, a DTE Energy construction specialist for MichCon's Transmission and Storage Operations Division. Salinas has volunteered for his local BBBS for two years and recently was appointed to its advisory board.
“Being a Big Brother is about being a good friend and fulfilling a need of companionship that some ‘littles’ may lack at home,” Salinas explains. “It is about giving your undivided attention to a child that may not feel noticed; it’s about affirming accomplishments that no one else sees, and helping them to see their potential when no one else points it out.”
This is how Salinas describes his Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer experience:
“After graduating from Michigan Tech and getting married, my wife and I moved to Big Rapids when I accepted the position at MichCon. While in college both of us had spent significant amounts of time volunteering. Once we settled into our new lifestyle in Big Rapids, we decided that we wanted to get involved in the community. My wife having already worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters signed up to be a mentor or “big.” About a month later, I followed suit.
“Since I became involved in BBBS I have been matched with two “littles,” Bradlee and Jonathon. Bradlee, 12, moved away after about a year. Then I was matched with Jonathon, a 9-year-old boy from Big Rapids. In the case of both of my matches it was the mothers’ wish that I focus on doing “guy things” as neither of the boys had a very active relationship with their fathers. Some of the activities we have attempted include fishing, ice fishing, hunting, demolishing a deck, building a work bench, baseball games, and LEGO castle adventure, along with countless others. I normally spend 2-4 hours a week with Jonathon. Currently we are working on his science fair project.
“Being a Big Brother is not all fun and games. With my first “little,” I learned quickly that basic manners which I took for granted, were actually new concepts to him. For instance, to walk in public, not to interrupt when others are talking, not to treat public places like a jungle-gym, and most importantly, you can’t knock down 80-year-old ladies in church because you are in a hurry to find a seat. By being strict and delivering on the threat to go home if he couldn’t act appropriately, he quickly picked up these new manners that no one else took the time to reinforce in him. I know that these painstaking efforts will pay dividends in the success he has in life.
“My wife and I had doubts as to whether being newly married, we had time for such a program. I can attest that few things have blessed and enriched my life so much. I don’t think I have ever regretted taking time out of my busy schedule to spend with my “littles.” While the emphasis seems to be mostly on the kids, don’t be fooled, us “bigs” get as much, if not more, out of our new found friendship.”
For the last 50 years BBBS has been matching children with adult volunteers to create fun and rewarding relationships. These child-adult friendships fostered by BBBS are intended to help the child grow to be a productive and caring adult. Most of the children involved in the BBBS program are considered at-risk, coming from low income and/or single parent relationships. To learn how you can volunteer with BBBS, click here.
Company chairman receives 2011 Distinguished Citizen Award
The Great Lakes Council Boy Scouts of America has named DTE Energy Chairman Anthony F. Earley Jr. its 2011 Distinguished Citizen. The award recognizes individuals who have performed Scout-like community service, created better awareness of Scouting’s positive impact in the community, or supported both Scouting and Learning for Life programs in southeast Michigan. more