Caring for the community.
At Chevy, we believe it’s important to give back to the community. And this year, Chevy Community Giving is highlighting 10 of our hardworking employees and the incredible organizations they dedicate their time to outside of their everyday roles. Learn more about these great charitable organizations and find out what they do to make a real difference in the communities they serve.
Detroit Goodfellows — Beth Conley
“Seeing a child get a package is special. It’s just pure joy to see a child happy and to let them know that someone cares about them — someone they didn’t even know was there.”
Beth Conley is a GM Instructional Systems Designer who builds training to support Chevy engineers, and President of the Detroit Goodfellows, whose motto is “No Kiddie Without a Christmas.” The Goodfellows’ mission is to make children feel valued during the most wonderful time of the year. Every holiday season, the Detroit Goodfellows pass out gift boxes to children ages 4–13 in Detroit, Highland Park, River Rouge, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, and Ecorse. These gift boxes contain dental kits, warm clothing, toys, games, and more. For over 10 years, Beth has been on a mission with the Detroit Goodfellows to bring joy to every child and make their holiday feel special. To learn more about Detroit Goodfellows, visit DetroitGoodfellows.org.
Huntington Veterans Day 5K — Christopher J. Shortridge
“We raise money to bring memorials to Huntington, Indiana, the kind you see in Washington, D.C. When a veteran walks up to one of these memorials, you can tell it means so much to them.”
Christopher J. Shortridge is an Electrician Apprentice who builds Chevy vehicles at the Fort Wayne Assembly Plant, a retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief, and the founder of nonprofit Huntington Veterans Day 5K. Along with a 5K race and bike ride event, this organization hosts an annual golf outing and fundraising dinner to honor veterans with a Memorial Park inspired by the Memorial Mile in Washington, D.C. This year marks the seventh annual 5K and bike ride event, and with generous donations and support, this event continues to show respect to those who sacrificed so much for our country. Christopher and all contributors to the Huntington Veterans Day 5K are bringing military appreciation to Huntington, Indiana. To learn more about the Huntington Veterans Day 5K, visit Facebook.com/HuntingtonVeterans5K.
Vietnamese American Association of Michigan — Loananh Pham
“If we can provide them one good meal today, that’s one less thing they need to worry about.”
Loananh Pham works in Information Technology, Enterprise Technology Services. She is a Senior Security Database Administrator who supports thousands of GM and Chevy databases and makes sure they are secure. Loananh is a volunteer with the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan. The goal of the VAAM is to preserve Vietnamese culture, accelerate the integration process in American society, and build a strong community through philanthropy. This organization gives back to the community in various ways, including cooking hot meals and packing snack bags for the homeless, providing backpacks to students of underserved communities, and handing out warm clothes during the winter. Loananh and many volunteers from the VAAM are Vietnamese refugees and extremely thankful for America welcoming them during a time of crisis and chaos. The members of the VAAM generously give their time to the community and put smiles on the faces of those in need. To learn more about the Vietnamese American Association of Michigan, visit Facebook.com/CongDongNguoiVietQuocGiaMichigan.
Dress for Success — Jenna Holt
“Empowering women is coming together, both men and women, and bringing everything you have to the table.”
Jenna Holt is a Chevrolet Assistant Retail Planning Manager and an active volunteer with Dress for Success. This nonprofit organization empowers women to achieve economic independence through development, mentorship, and providing the tools to help them succeed in work and in everyday life. Through donations, clothing drives, and more, Dress for Success provides a network of support for women across the globe. Jenna and her strong community of Dress for Success volunteers are on a mission to encourage, educate, and empower women with their unyielding commitment. To learn more about Dress for Success, visit DressForSuccess.org.
Mercy-USA — Malek Sarhan
“My parents both moved here from Palestine with humble beginnings, and they were able to send three kids through college. I’m going to do whatever I can to help people in similar circumstances. That’s why I’m so passionate about helping resettled refugees and immigrants.”
Malek Sarhan is a GM EV Charging Engineer who works with Chevy electric vehicles and an active volunteer with nonprofit Mercy-USA for Aid and Development. Its goal is to alleviate human suffering, support individuals and their communities, and aid their efforts to be more self-sufficient. This organization offers an array of volunteering opportunities, hosts various fundraising events, and delivers help to communities in need of short-term emergency relief and long-term stability. Malek and other generous volunteers at Mercy-USA have set their sights on assisting the refugee population and providing communities around the world with the resources they need to succeed. To learn more about Mercy-USA, visit MercyUSA.org.
United Negro College Fund — Mayon Maxey
“When I see a kid have that ‘aha moment’ and their eyes get so big – when they realize they have what it takes in them, that’s what makes all the hard work worth it.”
Mayon Maxey is a GM Senior Manufacturing Engineer who works on global propulsion systems and helps build engines for the Chevy Trailblazer. Mayon is an active volunteer with UNCF, a philanthropic organization that provides scholarships to Black students and general scholarship funds to 37 historically Black colleges and universities. This organization was originally created to close the gap in educational funding inequities for African Americans, but scholarships are available to all ethnicities. From young kids to college students, the UNCF transforms lives with meaningful contributions to education. Mayon and the entire UNCF organization are dedicated to providing young people with promising opportunities and fueling their dreams for the future. To learn more about UNCF, visit UNCF.org.
Si Se Puede Foundation — Megan Cheng
“These kids are the next generation of leaders and problem solvers. It’s important we give them the opportunities to learn, grow, and contribute to the world of STEM.”
Megan Cheng is a GM Software Engineer who primarily works on the telematics of Chevy vehicles and a mentor in the Si Se Puede Foundation. As a woman who works in STEM, Megan followed her passion to lead the foundation’s first-ever all-female robotics team. The Si Se Puede Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing opportunities to students from underserved communities and teaching them to be more proficient in STEM. It’s a priority that all students are supported in an inclusive, challenging, and creative environment. The Si Se Puede Foundation is made up of dedicated mentors like Megan and talented students taking on exciting STEM projects while building skills for the future. To learn more about the Si Se Puede Foundation, visit sisepuedefoundation.org.
The Pop-Up Series — TaiJaune Robinson
“Many people feel like they just don’t belong, and I know that feeling all too well. We make sure they feel their place is valid. You do have a purpose. You do have a reason for being here right now.”
TaiJaune Robinson is a Chevrolet Motorsports Competition and NASCAR Engineering Business Manager, supporter of the Chevy racing team, and founder of a nonprofit organization called the Pop-Up Series. This organization hosts a series of dance classes and leadership workshops to promote a healthy lifestyle while having fun. With classes ranging from chair aerobics to Zumba and workshops on financial literacy, the mission of the Pop-Up Series is to aid people in achieving overall well-being: mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. TaiJaune and the Pop-Up Series crew are committed to helping people of all ages have a good time while making health and wellness a priority. To learn more about The Pop-Up Series, visit ThePopUpSeries.org.
MCHS Heartline Services — Michele Davis
“I volunteer to make sure these women feel heard, validated, and important. For most of these women, this is the first time they’ve ever felt seen.”
Michele Davis is a GMIT Launch Project Manager who helps launch new Chevy vehicles from Factory ZERO — most recently, the Chevy Silverado. Michele is a volunteer with MCHS Heartline Services. This organization houses women who have recently exited the criminal justice system and provides them with resources to aid a smooth transition back into society. With various classes ranging from mindfulness to dealing with substance abuse, Michele and MCHS Heartline Services help these women turn their lives around and ease into a world outside the criminal justice system. To learn more about MCHS Heartline Services, visit mchsmi.org.
Leader Dogs for the Blind — Urooj Yousuf
“I’m a big animal advocate and I have a brother who is visually impaired. It just felt like the universe was telling me it was time to finally get that leader dog I’d always wanted to train.”
Urooj Yousuf is a GM Virtual Design, Development & Validation (VDDV) Structural Analysis Engineer who works on Chevy Corvette engines and a volunteer puppy trainer with Leader Dogs for the Blind. Urooj is training Rover, a Labrador Retriever and Golden Retriever mix pup, for the nonprofit that trains guide dogs and has a mission to enhance the lives of the visually impaired. Leader Dogs for the Blind trains Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds for a life of leader dog service. Working with this organization, puppy trainers like Urooj are inspired in training their leader dogs because they could possibly be the eyes that someone needs in their everyday life. To learn more about Leader Dogs for the Blind, visit LeaderDog.org.