Giving back to his community is nothing new for Marvin Skipper.
Skipper formed a nonprofit in 2015, Youth are Bigger Than Life, that provides mentorship to young people and often gives food to those in need.
When the pandemic struck, Skipper’s organization stepped up with a grocery giveaway at Detroit’s Pershing High School, his alma mater, where he was a star basketball player and one of the top 100 players in the country. But his basketball career was cut short by a heart condition going into his freshman year at Eastern Michigan University.
Skipper now is a service and parts representative for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
“I have a very tight-knit relationship with the people in the neighborhood,” Skipper told Automotive News.
Skipper’s group distributed more than 700 packages of food and necessities such as soap and deodorant for those who attended the drive-through event May 9. The group also does a food giveaway before Christmas each year.
Skipper has hit buzzer-beaters during basketball games but said nothing compares to the feeling of giving back to others during a tough time.
“I was still fortunate enough to work, so I wanted to give,” Skipper said. “It’s like no other feeling in the world.”
Skipper’s event is just one example of an FCA employee helping during the health crisis.
Chris Sorgatz, a project chief for validation at FCA, has been using 3D printing technology to create face shields that he donates to local hospitals and nursing homes. FCA said in a company blog that Sorgatz and his two printers have been producing an average of 40 to 50 face shields per day.
“I would like to help anyone that could take advantage of these and feel safer, be safer in their work environment,” Sorgatz said in a company blog.
He added later that “a gentleman out of Sweden had already made a design … so he’d done the prototyping for us and was open source sharing the file. And the beauty of it was its simplicity and functionality.”