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The Spirit of Michigan

 

Our members work tirelessly throughout the year to better the education, income and health of their communities. But how do we recognize those local businesses that strive to do the same? The businesses who create tangible change, work to break down barriers and improve the quality of life for not only their employees, but their entire community? How do we honor the businesses and organizations that encompass the true Spirit of Michigan?

Matt Levin (Heart of West Michigan United Way), Deb Bailey (Steelcase Inc.) and Scott Dzurka (Michigan Association of United Ways)

Matt Levin (Heart of West Michigan United Way), Deb Bailey (Steelcase Inc.) and Scott Dzurka (Michigan Association of United Ways)


For the businesses and organizations that continually go above and beyond, we offer members of the Michigan Association of United Ways the opportunity to recognize their excellence in community engagement. This year, we were thrilled to extend the Spirit of Michigan award to three such businesses in front of a grateful audience at the Michigan State Capitol.


Earning the award for the best among large companies and institutions, Steelcase Inc. understands the value of communities that make it possible for individuals to lead healthy lives. The company supports communities that are in need of their resources, which is why they are proud to have a more than 50-year legacy with United Way. A cornerstone of Steelcase's engagement with the Heart of West Michigan United Way is working with the United Way led Volunteer Center. For more than 50 years, Steelcase Inc. has donated hundreds of volunteers and hours to make Kent County a better place.

 

Mark Stiers (DTE Energy Foundation) accepts the Spirit of Michigan award from Scott Dzurka (Michigan Association of United Ways)

Mark Stiers (DTE Energy Foundation) accepts the Spirit of Michigan award from Scott Dzurka (Michigan Association of United Ways)

DTE Energy, recipient of the medium size company award, believes it has a greater responsibility to its customers beyond the delivery of safe and reliable energy. DTE believes that being part of a community means being a force for growth and prosperity in the cities, towns and suburbs that it serves. The DTE Energy Foundation, the charitable arm of DTE Energy, is integral to that mission. DTE has worked arm and arm with United Way of the Lakeshore for several years supporting a range of activities from building youth employment to supporting the United Way Human Service Center.


Amy Palmer (Lenawee United Way), Jim Kapnick (Kapnick Insurance), Scott Dzurka (Michigan Association of United Ways) and Pam Smith (United Way of Washtenaw County)

Amy Palmer (Lenawee United Way), Jim Kapnick (Kapnick Insurance), Scott Dzurka (Michigan Association of United Ways) and Pam Smith (United Way of Washtenaw County)

Nominated by Lenawee United Way and co-nominated by the United Way of Washtenaw County, a fundamental focus of Kapnick Insurance, small company honoree, continues to be involvement in, and support of, organizations that benefit the communities where they do business. Kapnick Insurance employees are active in their communities, with 39 employees serving as board members at nonprofit organizations and 5,490 total volunteer hours donated to date. Kapnick Insurance Group employees continue to set high marks for giving annually to United Way.


Michigan United Ways are lucky to be supported by hundreds of local businesses and their continually generous employees. To offer the Spirit of Michigan award is a small representation of our deep gratitude for their continued support in building stronger and healthier Michigan communities.



For more information on nominating a local business for the 2016 Spirit of Michigan award please contact Heather Travis.

 

All photos courtesy of Matthew Dae Smith