Lost Opportunity? Find it in Detroit!

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Being an intern with Title Source comes with many perks. Riding scooter’s down the hallways, slushies and snacks in the kitchen, and working with awesome team members are just to name a few. What some may not realize is the wealth of opportunity that surrounds us being in the heart of Detroit.

With six weeks of experience under my belt as a Title Source intern, I have already racked up 17 hours of community involvement volunteer time. I know that the company goal is to reach a total of 12,000 volunteer hours, and with 87 summer interns we can help put a dent in that number. Every volunteer event is unique, but there’s something more to it that’s hard to explain. I walk away knowing I helped Detroit take a small step towards reaching its full potential and becoming the vibrant city we all want it to become.

The first event I participated at was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk in Detroit. Not only did I join thousands of other supporters by walking for the fight against breast cancer, but I got to spend time getting to know my team members outside of the office. Our very own Title Source team even won the “Rookie of the Year” award from the Tiger’s Wives Foundation!

 

On June 27th,  I experienced what it was like to be a sous-chef in a kitchen. We went to the Salvation Army to prepare lunch, dinner, and sandwiches for hungry stomachs in struggling areas in Detroit. The Bed and Bread Program delivers over 5,000 meals to people every day. It also provides 400 people with shelter for the day and a place to rest safely at night.
Most recently I volunteered at Gleaners Community Food Bank. We were split up into teams, but all had the same goal- to put together as many
pallets of food items and sundries as we could manage. Getting to meet new people and working as a team was an exciting and different experience that I was happy to be a part of. The team I was on proudly compiled an entire seven pallets of items weighing more than a couple thousand pounds!
The time I have spent volunteering in Detroit reminds me that the inches we need are everywhere around us. Every potato I chopped, box of food I packed, and step I walked will only help bring life back into the city. According to Robert F. Kennedy, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events.” Where will you volunteer to help make change happen?

 

By Paula Guzik, C.R.E.W. Intern
Paula is a Title Source intern and communication and media studies graduate of Eastern Michigan University. This is her second internship; her previous experience was at the American Red Cross.

To learn more about Title Source Race for the cure, click here.

For more information about Gleaners Food Bank, click here.