Corporate Social Responsibility

Our company is committed to being a great partner to the communities we serve. Our team members have worked at community food banks, cleaned community gardens, mentored our youth, and much more.


Pro Staff Gives Back to Cancer Patients

The Pro Staff team was honored to attend and sponsor Pay It Forward Fund’s 12th Annual Casino Night fundraiser at the Medina Ballroom in February. This year’s sold-out event raised a record-breaking $412,000 for cancer patients in need.

The Pay It Forward Fund (PIFF) is a non-profit organization that helps patients pay their bills while they undergo treatment for breast and women’s cancers. Their annual Casino Night helps raise funds to pay essential living expenses so patients can focus on what’s really important — getting healthy.

Jody Christiansen, VP of Pro Staff-Minnesota and PIFF board member, was thrilled with the results of this year’s event: “Every year we think it can’t get any better from the previous year in terms of impact or funds raised. And each year we outdo the previous. We stand in awe of what we as a community have done to impact the lives of local women who are struggling.”

The evening was filled with fun and inspiring moments. Patients and volunteers were honored with awards and a special video. The Fund-a-Need live and silent auction raised $103,000. True to the casino theme, attendees also participated in games and prize drawings.

Christiansen adds, “I am so humbled to be a part of this organization and humbled by the support Pro Staff has provided over the past five years.”

To learn more about Pay It Forward Fund – how you can help or apply for help – visit their website at

An Afternoon of Giving Back

The Great Lakes Automotive Division set a goal for FY16 to increase our involvement in the communities we serve.  Collectively the teams suggested and rallied around volunteering in the Flint, Michigan Community, where we have been located for over 10 years. 

The Flint Community is going through a challenging economic time, and was recently stricken by a water crisis.  Lead was found in the drinking water at local schools and residences affecting the health of thousands of people and most concerning the children.  This crisis became national news and has unsettled the community over the last few months.

On Thursday May 5th, the Great Lakes Team took action, spending the afternoon at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan volunteering.  The sorted and packaged water and assembled boxes of nutritious foods which then was distributed in the community.  The activities performed helped to counteract the negative effects of lead in the water system to those in the greatest need.  It was humbling to give back to a community that has suffered so much.

The Great Lakes Team:  MaryAnn Cobb, Amy Donner, Beverly Henige, Gwen McDonald, Sarah Szagesh, Catherine Hirst (Unable to Attend), Randy Aquino, Alex Stayner, Eric Cullin, Jill Korobkin, Don Whitaker, Tom Picot

If you would like to learn more about the Food Bank of Easter Michigan visit: