DELPHI “GIVES BACK” ENLISTS 300 VOLUNTEERS FOR AREA PROJECTS
Contact: Beth Rattray, 457-6691
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Kokomo, IN, June 17, 2015/Press Release/ -- Now in its seventh year, Delphi Gives Back, Friday, June 19, kicks off the company’s annual Excellence Week and will provide manpower to the community with 293 volunteers, 14 agencies and 32 projects. Delphi forms employee teams to complete area nonprofit projects of painting, landscaping, repairing, and building. Then Excellence Week starts the following Monday, June 22, with tons of activities and an attention to health and wellness and proceeds going to United Way of Howard County.
NEW THIS YEAR:
Rise and shine at 7:30am, June 19, as they kick off Delphi Gives Back with morning warm-up calisthenics lead by YMCA and Delphi fitness experts. The Living Garden and Sunspot Natural Market will provide healthy tastes to inspire well-being.
“Howard County health rankings are very low, 91 out of 92 counties. This is our way to own this problem and give back. It’s a community responsibility and a community benefit when health improves. The City of Kokomo has built parks and bike/walking paths, which elevate the quality of life in our city. Here at Delphi, we can start with awareness, inviting fitness and diet experts here, and then ideas are shared with friends and family,” said Rhonda Heytens Director – Program Management Office and Kokomo Facilities and Excellence Week Chair.
At 8am, teams head out to projects at Bona Vista, Food Finders Food Bank, Carver Community Center, Family Service Association, Kokomo Rescue Mission, Howard County Historical Society, YMCA, Mental Health America, Samaritan Caregivers, The Crossing and United Way.
Scavenger Hunt meets The Amazing Race! Clues will require employees to travel around Kokomo to find old and new restaurants and businesses. The hunt continues for the entire Excellence Week over the lunch hour to engage their high-tech workforce and summer interns in Howard County gems, so if you see some new faces say hello!
OLD BUT AWESOME FAVORITES:
Delphi’s bike drive provides bicycles to Howard County children. Delphi employees donated gently used bikes and Delphi volunteers will evaluate, clean and make repairs. The bikes will be delivered to Kokomo Urban Outreach, which has established a process for area children to “earn” a bike.
Excellence Week activities also includes a health walk, bowling tournament, game day, international cuisine competition by employees, Howard County Farmer’s Market, health and wellness education, car show, robotics competition, tricycle race, talent show and golf outing, dodge ball tournament, relay races, a dunk tank full of Delphi leadership ready to dunk, and a C5 “Ultimate Selfie Machine” Competition for area high school students. Perfect for students considering engineering, the machine will have a mechanical start and must go through five mechanical steps before the selfie is taken, Although activities are limited to employees, Delphi utilizes resources from all over Howard County during this week.
The week wraps up on Friday, June 26, afternoon with Delphi Family Appreciation Day and the Peru Amateur Circus.