Hundreds of FCA US LLC volunteers gather to help “Remodel Lives” in Detroit

A revitalization in the works.

That is what FCA US LLC Motor Citizens employee-volunteers joined when they teamed up with Detroit-based nonprofit, Life Remodeled, for the fourth year in a row.

Nearly 1,000 FCA US LLC Motor Citizens will partner with the organization in a continuation of revitalizing the neighborhood surrounding the Durfee Innovation Society (formerly Durfee Elementary Middle School) and Central High School in the Detroit area.

This is an increase from FCA US LLC’s participation last year where more than 750 Motor Citizens volunteered a total of 15,000 hours and helped Life Remodeled:

  • Repair 53 homes
  • Board up 534 vacant houses
  • Remove blight on 367 city blocks

According to the Life Remodeled website, one year following a recent project resulted in a crime decrease in 10 of 11 categories, including homicides, aggravated assault, burglaries and sexual assaults.

FCA US LLC Motor Citizens will be a part of 10,000 volunteers on behalf of Life Remodeled participating in projects that include: planting 1,000 trees and perennials, building community gardens and installing little free libraries. Additionally, volunteers will help designate the safest routes to schools by creating new artwork, upgrading several parks, installing new bus shelters and adding neighborhood signage.

FCA US LLC volunteers

A total of 15,000 volunteer hours were put by FCA US LLC Motor Citizens in 2017.

“As a company that employs nearly 6,000 people in the city of Detroit, we know that our partnerships with nonprofit organizations and community, academic and local leaders provide an important connection between our employees and the communities in which they live and work,” said Christine Estereicher, FCA Foundation CEO and Director, State Affairs, Civic Engagement & External Affairs, FCA US LLC.

“Supporting our communities through charitable initiatives, such as Life Remodeled, is essential to the continued advancement of the social and economic development of the area.”

Along with numerous Motor Citizen volunteers, FCA US LLC and its charitable arm, the FCA Foundation, donated a combined $40,000 to Life Remodeled.