Summer Interns Jump Into Community Service Across Michigan

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Dana J., a Governmental and Public Affairs intern from Central Michigan University, volunteers with six other interns and Habitat for Humanity to deconstruct a home in Concord, Mich.

Helping hands were happy hands as more than 120 Consumers Energy interns continued a tradition this summer of giving back to the Michigan communities they serve.

Interns from colleges and universities across Michigan completed 28 community service projects that helped a food bank, Habitat for Humanity, a shelter for victims of abuse, and more.

As part of the Consumers Energy Intern Challenge, interns develop creative solutions to needs in neighboring communities. Interns formed 18 teams that worked on projects outside the office in Jackson, Kalamazoo, Midland, Macomb County, and other locations. NEWS:  Jackson Citizen Patriot story about interns painting Jackson’s Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center

“I’m constantly surprised by the ingenuity and creativity these young people demonstrate in developing ideas and following them,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, director of corporate giving for Consumers Energy. “They test their skills as a team and see the value of giving back to the community.” AUDIO:  Bloodworth talks about the Intern Challenge

Intern projects included the following:

  • One group built a nesting box for peregrine falcons that will be placed near the stack of the Karn/Weadock power plant, north of Bay City.
  • A team of two interns volunteered at a shelter for domestic abuse victims in Midland, Cooking and serving a meal of Mexican food to about 50 residents and shelter staff.
  • Interns participated in seven projects for Habitat for Humanity around the state. Tasks including building a home, tearing a house down and making repairs to a home whose owner could not do the work on her own.
  • One team taught environmental lessons and planted a garden with summer students at a Jackson school.
  • Interns talked about Consumers Energy programs and played bingo, and handed out gift certificates to seniors at local senior fairs and a center in Macomb County.