Touching Communities, Touching Lives
It is the mission of MGM Grand Detroit to strengthen communities in which we operate. With the understanding that one company cannot meet the multitude of needs each community faces, it is our priority to strengthen organizations and programs that are located where our team members live, work and care for their families. As a result, we are entrenched in the fabric of life across our area and deeply committed to our region's continued resurgence.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility focuses on six pillars within our community.
Playworks, Usher's New Look Foundation, City Connect Detroit
Schoolcraft College, Winning Futures, Coleman A. Young Foundation
Matrix Theatre Company Michigan Opera Theatre, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Jazz Festival
Diversity - Inspiring Our WORLD
Arab American & Chaldean Council, LASED, St. Patrick's Senior Center, Motor City Pride
Keep Growing Detroit, The Greening of Detroit, Detroit Eastern Market
Fall Coat Harvest, Gleaners Community Food Bank, The Greening of Detroit, Forgotten Harvest
In partnership with Keep Growing Detroit, the MGM Grand Detroit Plum Street Market Garden functions as an educational resource for over 15,000 urban gardeners and farmers across Detroit, a gathering place for a diverse regional audience seeking opportunities to plug into Detroit’s thriving urban agriculture movement, and a productive urban farm producing tons of fruits and vegetables for local families and restaurants.
In 2015, Keep Growing Detroit and the MGM Grand Detroit Plum Street Market Garden:
- Brought more than 3,000 people to downtown Detroit.
- Hosted 60 open volunteer events where our guests dedicated more than 1,200 hours to growing transplants and tending produce while connecting with fellow gardeners and cultivating new gardening skills.
- Held 80 service projects bringing over 880 people from across the region and around the country to the farm.
- Hosted the first Annual Taste of Tomato Festival where over 200 attendees and many Detroit-based chefs sampled 40 varieties of tomatoes as well as tomato based offerings from local food businesses.
- Produced more than 9,800lbs of fresh fruits and vegetables for local families and businesses.
- Held 14 educational classes that brought nearly 400 people to the farm to learn about and receive gardening resources.
- Hosted Keep Growing Detroit's inaugural Youth Urban Agriculture Apprenticeship. Five emerging young leaders worked alongside Keep Growing Detroit staff to hone food, farming and other job skills. By graduation they shared a deep appreciation for the collective work of transforming our food system and all have since been employed in roles aimed at improving the food system in Detroit.
MGM Grand Detroit Welcomes 'Boots to Business'
When it comes to serving our community, MGM Grand Detroit believes that we can never get enough of a good thing, especially when that good thing supports men and women that have served our country. That is why we take great pride in the extension of the "Boots to Business" to southeast Michigan.
Operated by the American Red Cross and made possible by a grant from MGM Resorts International, "Boots to Business" assists veterans who are searching for employment by offering resume review and interview preparation. With MGM Grand Detroit on board, the program now identifies recruits and hires veterans into positions at MGM Grand Detroit and other area employers. The program also offers ongoing support through mentoring and networking.
"This is a part of a growing partnership across the United States between the Red Cross and MGM Resorts International," said LaForice Nealy, regional executive officer for the American Red Cross' Southeastern Michigan region. "Our community should know and appreciate that MGM Grand Detroit has very targeted and specific programs to help people. This is a great investment in our veterans."
SWEEP - Service While Enhancing Employee Passions
In 2014, MGM Grand Detroit team members participated in volunteerism efforts each month within the local community for SWEEP.
During SWEEP, our team members volunteered at many organizations including: Gleaners Food Bank, The Baldwin Center, Playworks, The Greening of Detroit, Focus: HOPE, Go Getters - Southwest Solutions, and Forgotten Harvest. Team members volunteered over 6,000 hours in 2014 while engaging in activities to help empower youth, completing beautification projects and helping package food for those in need.