Zatkoff Seals & Packings employees aren’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the job done, and they proved this last week. Twenty-four people from corporate and the Farmington branch teamed up to work with the non-profit organization Life Remodeled to give inner city Detroit residents a cleaner, safer place to live.
Life Remodeled exists to bridge people across divides in order to help transform each other’s lives – investing approximately $5 million in cash, labor, and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year. Projects are determined by the community’s needs and vision. Life Remodeled partners assist in three areas: Remodeling a community asset, repairing owner-occupied homes, and mobilizing over 10,000 volunteers to beautify 300 city blocks in six days. This year, Zatkoff employees were part of the 10,000 that took on 325 blighted alleyways in a four-square mile area surrounding Central High School.
This project also created the opportunity for team building as the volunteers had to count on each other to accomplish some of the tasks required, getting to know each other on a more personal level. It was hot, tiring and dirty work, but at the end of the day everyone had a smile on their face and agreed that they were glad they participated.
Each person had a different motivation to give their time and energy to this event, but for Chris Ross, the reason was personal. “I grew up in Detroit, and I remember when it was a vital and thriving city. It’s very rewarding to be able to give back to a place that has given me so many memories.”
The team is already looking forward to signing up next year, and possibly even having some local customers join them in this worthwhile cause.