Consumers Energy’s annual Intern Challenge encourages interns to develop creative solutions to meet needs in the communities we serve. This summer, nearly 124 interns gave their time to 26 nonprofit organizations, up from last year’s 90 interns and 18 nonprofit organizations. A total of 18 teams participated with six teams receiving top recognition. Learn more about the projects below.
Small Team Winners
The Fab Five – Jackson Learning Fair: Demonstrated how Consumers Energy delivers gas and electric to their customers at the learning fair to all the kids who attended.
- Team Members: Blake Ryan, Jack Higham, Kaylie Bohn, Lorenzo Peve, Hunter Jeffreys
Vincent Van Growers – John George Home, Jackson Friendly Home: Painted flower pots with residents of the assisted living centers.
- Team Members: Jane Hess, Ali Shand, Corey Noble, Korderro Brown, Tiffany Liu
The Southeast Dream Builders – United Way of Genesee County, Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County: Taught the Madison Heights Community about gas safety and helped build homes for displaced families in Flint.
- Team Members: Walter Stevenson III, Courtney Vanderhoof, Karlie Hendry, Mitchell Heinrich, Tyler Burkhardt
Large Team Winners
Royal Oak Interns –Oakland County Parks & Recreation, St. Anne’s Mead Assisted Living: Helped run the Butterfly Parade by directing traffic, answering questions, etc. Went to the St. Anne’s Mead Assisted Living and hosted a dancing day, where they showed them different styles of dance. They went back a second time to host a game day.
- Team Members: Molly McClorey, Victoria Guzman, Jalen Hatcher, Nazir Jairazbhoy, Artralia Powell, Abhiraj Narsinghia, Stephany Villa
Robotic Renaissance –FIRST Robotics ROBO-CON: Helping plan, set up and run the ROBO-CON event in Lapeer.
- Team Members: Ellen Green, Stephen Subu, Joshua Clouse, Brandon Jett, Thomas Pasternak, Tyler Cobb
DI$CO NINJA$ – Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity ReStore, City of Jackson Trash Clean-up: Taught 60-80 kids at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, picked up trash around the city of Jackson and organized items at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
- Team Members: Sasha Morford, Jesse Morgan, Elisha Parsons, Danny Wilmot, Sandra Kue, Jordan Mulcahy, Austin Latter, Alec Withrow, Kyle Platt
Nonprofits Helped During the 2017 Intern Challenge:
- Blandford Nature Center –Grand Rapids
- Father Fred Food Pantry –Traverse City
- FIRST Robotics –ROBO-CON –Lapeer
- Genesee County Habitat for Humanity
- Goodwill Industries –Jackson
- Greater Jackson Habitat for Humanity
- Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region
- Haven House –East Lansing
- Isabella County Parks & Recreation – Herrick Recreational Area
- Jackson Friendly Home
- Jackson Learning Fair
- Jackson YMCA
- John George Home –Jackson
- Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
- Kalamazoo Nature Center
- Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
- Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center –Jackson
- MDOT Adopt-A-Highway –Ludington
- Michigan Audubon –East Lansing
- Oakland County Parks and Recreation
- Anne’s Mead Assisted Living –Southfield
- The Dahlem Center –Jackson
- The Salvation Army –Jackson
- Underground Railroad Resale Shop –Saginaw
- United Way of Genesee County
- United Way of Saginaw County
- 45lbs of invasive plants removed
- 100+ invasive saplings removed from trail
- Roughly 50 seniors reached
- Over 500 children reached
- 87 pairs of shoes donated
- 55 canned food items collected
- 10 bags of trash collected
- 90 families fed in 30 minutes
- 380 clothing items donated