Employee volunteers to beautify Osborn neighborhood and $50K donation will fund the new technology and equipment for Osborn High School’s iLab
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2015-8-6— /EPR Retail News/ — Detroit’s Osborn neighborhood today received a helping hand from Taubman employees as part of the company’s second annual Volunteer Day. Taubman again joined forces with Life Remodeled to help remove blight and beautify areas near Osborn High School on Detroit’s northeast side. Taubman also donated $50,000 to pay for new information technology and audio visual equipment for the Osborn High School library, including computers, tablets, 3D printers, webcams and supplies.
Life Remodeled is a Detroit-based nonprofit focused on rehabilitating Detroit schools and neighborhoods. This year’s $5 million annual project began Monday and continues through Saturday, August 8, with a community celebration on Sunday. The focus is on Osborn High, Pulaski Elementary-Middle School and 4.5 square miles of the Osborn community.
“Taubman employees are incredibly passionate about helping the Osborn High School students and neighboring community,” said Chief Operating Officer William S. Taubman. “Every act of kindness counts, and our work to create safe passageways for students to go to school, and our donation to provide modern technology and equipment for learning, underscores our dedication to giving back.”
Nearly 200 employees from Taubman’s corporate headquarters, Twelve Oaks Mall and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets worked alongside Detroit residents and volunteers from General Motors, Quicken Loans, Cunningham Limp Construction, BASF and others.
“The generosity of Taubman’s gift to create better learning opportunities for Osborn High students is the kind of thing that will sustain the hope and gains that Osborn has made in raising graduation rates over the recent years,” said Life Remodeled CEO Chris Lambert. “Sustainability of a neighborhood comes in part from a quality educational experience for the children who live there.”
In 2014, more than 10,000 volunteers from Taubman and other businesses, schools and community organizations completed major renovation projects at Cody High School and beautified 303 surrounding blocks in Cody Rouge in northwest Detroit. Cash donations and in-kind contributions led to major roof repairs, a new $1.2 million synthetic football field, a state-of-the-art medical simulation lab and other projects.
ABOUT LIFE REMODELED
Life Remodeled is a Detroit non-profit with a mission of remodel lives one Detroit neighborhood at a time. Founded in 2011, Life Remodeled has overseen volunteer makeover projects in several Detroit neighborhoods. In 2014, the organization partnered with the Detroit Public Schools to focus on a high school and neighborhood with significant need and radical hope, applying millions of dollars in cash and in-kind donations to the target school and neighborhood each summer.
Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 22 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Taubman is currently developing four properties in the U.S. and Asia totaling 4.1 million square feet. Taubman, with more than 60 years of experience in the shopping center industry, is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Taubman Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.
Director, Taubman Strategic Communications
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