Community Impact

Making an Impact

At UWM, when we give back, we don’t hold back! And when we serve, it’s always with our company pillars in mind. From Service Is Everyone’s Responsibility to Continuous Improvement and Fun & Friendship, these values not only shape the way we do business within our company — but they play heavily into the way we tackle the needs of our community, too. Our home may be in Pontiac, but our hearts are hard at work throughout metro Detroit. See just how big of an impact we’ve made recently around town.


Volunteer PTO

A lot can be accomplished in one day — especially when we roll up our sleeves and get to work. Through our Volunteer PTO program, all UWM team members are invited to take paid time off to volunteer in the community. In 2023 alone, UWM team members collectively donated 3,613 hours of their time to lend a helping hand to a variety of metro Detroit organizations.

Whether it’s creating gardening space at Trinity Health, packing nutritious and fresh food boxes for families in need or helping coach athletic competitions for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, our team members always jump into action to serve organizations where they feel the biggest calling.

Some of the most popular charities where our team members have volunteered include:

  • Special Olympics Michigan
  • Salvation Army
  • The Farm at Trinity Health
  • Forgotten Harvest
  • Community Housing Network


Pay It Forward

It feels good to do good — and that’s the concept behind our Pay It Forward program. When team members go above and beyond in their work, they get an opportunity to earn points that can be converted into dollars and can choose which organization to donate their points to. In 2023, UWM team members collectively donated more than $323,000.

The most popular charities where our team members donated their Pay It Forward points include:



Adopt A Family

The holidays are a season of hope, where communities come together to take care of friends and strangers alike. At UWM, we saw an opportunity to support others during the holidays and created one of our biggest initiatives, the UWM Adopt A Family Program. This program allows us to give gifts and necessities to local families in need. Throughout the year, UWM team members host events like bake sales and raffles to raise money to purchase gifts for the families, including clothes, toys and housewares. In 2023, UWM helped brighten the holidays for almost 100 local families.



Annual Donation Drive

UWM also knows that local families’ needs don’t end after the holidays. That’s why we started an Annual Donation Drive where team members can donate items throughout the year for a variety of causes e.g., mittens, coats, canned foods and more. In 2023, UWM team members collected over 1,100 items to donate to Tapper’s Coat Drive.



Winning Futures

Having a solid role model can make a big impact on a young person’s future. Our Winning Futures program placed UWM team members with local Pontiac students to help them navigate the challenges of young adulthood and mentor them on goal setting, job readiness and career exploration. With the help of our team, students become self-sufficient, productive adults, eager to enter the workforce.



Seasonal Pop-Up Markets And Vendor Shows

Everyone loves a holiday market — not to mention the added convenience of having one right in their workplace. Throughout the year, UWM asks team members which small local businesses they would like to visit our campus as part of a pop-up market or one of our vendor shows. These markets take over our auditorium for a day during the winter holidays and Valentine’s Day, plus additional themed events throughout the year to make shopping convenient and give a boost to our local community. UWM also offers other services, from a tailor to dry cleaning, tax prep and more to make team members’ lives easier — and their evenings after work as relaxed as possible.



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