CALUMET - Chrysler employees usually come to the Michigan Technological University Career Fair every year, but this year, those who came augmented their efforts to recruit Tech students with some community service.
Chrysler recruiter Shannon Knight said 10 Chrysler employes were taking part in scraping, painting and working on the windows of the former parsonage on Pine Street in Calumet now owned by Copper Country Habitat For Humanity, which is next to a former church now used for the organization's ReStore thrift shop.
Knight said Chrysler urges its employees to do volunteer work two or three times per year.
"Chrysler is really into volunteering," she said. "Habitat is one of our partners in Detroit."
The Chrysler employees came from the company's Auburn Hills location in downstate Oakland County.
Chrysler employee Wisson Slangor said he's been involved with volunteering before.
"We do different types of charities," he said.
Slangor said he helped pick corn near Romeo in Macomb County for an organization called Forgotten Harvest.
Chrysler employee Adam Johnson said he has also done volunteering in the past.
"Back in May, I went with 15 other employees to plant trees," he said.
Chrysler employee Andrew Baldino said the Chrysler employes taking part in the work on the Habitat building have a connection to the Copper Country.
"Everybody on the Chrysler team is a Tech alum," he said.
Joseph Mihal, manager of the Habitat For Humanity ReStore said although the former parsonage is just being used for storage, now, the board decided since the Chrysler employees were available, this was a good opportunity to get some work done on it.
"We're trying to spruce it up," he said.
This is the first time Chrysler employees have combined volunteering with their recruiting efforts during Career Fair, but Knight said it may happen again.
"This is something we want to make a yearly event," she said.