AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --In conjunction with the UNCF's 23rd Annual 5K Walk for Education, the Chrysler African American Network (CAAN) and the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC) today announced they had raised a total of $16,458 in support of the UNCF. The funds will assist the UNCF in providing scholarships for Michigan students and programming at its 39 member colleges and universities. The event was held earlier today on Belle Isle in Detroit.
"Today, we're making strides around Belle Isle to ensure that a new generation of students can pursue their dream of attaining a higher education," said Daphne Harris, Chrysler Group Manager Civic and Community Relations and an executive champion for this year's Walk for Education. "In fact, a UNCF scholarship enabled me to attain a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Spelman College in Atlanta."
Starting in early April, members of CAAN, one of six Chrysler Group employee resource groups (ERGs) that promote cultural awareness and inclusion throughout the company, embarked on a campaign to raise $10,000. By the start of today's Walk for Education, the group had exceeded its goal, raising a total of $11,458 and registering more than 100 employees, friends and family members to participate in the walk. The NTC contributed an additional $5,000 to bring the grand total to $16,458.
"Our leadership teams are convinced that supporting the improvement of the health and well-being of our members and their communities is vital to developing a successful and sustainable union and Company for the future," said General Holiefield, UAW Vice President and Director the UAW Chrysler Department. "On behalf of our members, we are proud to support the UNCF and its mission to help children attain a college education."
About the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center (NTC)
The NTC develops, conducts and evaluates education and training at both the national and local levels, as well as provides a wide range of work/life services and educational/training opportunities for UAW/Chrysler workers and their families.
About Chrysler's Leadership Commitment to Diversity
Chrysler historically has been a leader in promoting diversity throughout its enterprise. The Company was named one of the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" by Working Mother magazine 12 times, and has been recognized four times by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the country's leading corporations supporting diversity. In 2009 and 2010, Chrysler was named to Hispanic Business magazine's prestigious Diversity Elite 60 for implementing strategies to reach more Hispanic customers and to pursue more business with minority- and Hispanic-owned suppliers.
SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC