Post-holiday giving! Children in Metro Detroit receive the give of warmth from a Black organization that has collaborated with UAW-Ford Local 600!

People are quick to give and donate in the month of December but what happens when Christmas is over? On January 18, UAW-Ford Local 600 and Jackets for Jobs partnered to deliver coats to at-risk and poor children. January 2018 has been recorded as one of the coldest winters that Michigan has seen in a long time. The timing to give kids coats was perfect. Hundreds of children received durable, high-quality, fleece-lined coats that came in a multitude of colors.

“We work closely with schools and other organizations to make certain that coats go to children who need one. We do this to positively impact each child’s self-image,” states Eric Sumler, UAW-Ford Local 600 Union representative.

“Children living in poverty are accustomed to receiving second-hand clothing. By providing a new coat, a child is not only provided with warmth, but also a boost in joy and self-esteem,” states Alison Vaughn, founder & CEO of Jackets for Jobs. “This initiative would not be possible without the support of Jimmy Settles, UAW Vice President and Director of the National Ford Department,” Vaughn added.

JFJ has been assisting clients with employment for nearly 18 years and has assisted 25,000 plus individuals with employment etiquette and professional interview clothes. The organization has been supported and applauded by ABC’s The View, NBC’s Today Show, and Oprah’s O Magazine. The organization has also rung the closing bell on NASDAQ twice. JFJ is funded by Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation and is charitable arm of TJ Maxx. For more information, visit

Ford and the UAW are leaders in developing a broad range of approaches to worker involvement and labor-management cooperation.

The Ford and UAW joint initiatives are national and local. At both levels, they address matters of common concern in areas such as product quality, education and development, employee involvement, team structures, work technical skills redesign, health and safety, ergonomics, employee assistance, apprenticeship, and labor-management studies. For more details, visit


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