Not only does Quicken Loans have a mini-celebrity with her own Free Press article, we’ve got an incredible, inspirational woman who spends her precious free time running a literature group called Color Online.
LaTonya, a Vendor Analyst here at Quicken Loans, started the group in 2005 which is committed to the “promotion, empowerment and political awakening of young women.” She heads an online community for book discussion and a message board for the young women to share their own writing.
Color Online has a library at Alternatives For Girls, a non-profit organization in Southwest Detroit which has been serving homeless and high risk girls and young women since 1987. They’ll even mail books to girls who don’t have the means to make it to the library. LaTonya collects returnables here at our offices to make sure the library stays stocked. She’s also started a Wish List on Amazon so that supporters can know the types of books the library needs. They also welcome gift cards and tickets to local events.
They’re doing way more than reading too – as a group, LaTonya helps organize trips to plays, poetry readings and other cultural events in Detroit. Their first e-zine will debut in January and March will be a month for the history books – Color Online will host their 2nd annual National Women’s History Month celebration with a series of events dedicated to educating young girls and women.
The group meets every week at AFG, which is also a shelter for women ages 16-20. The goal is to make the meetings and the group “as peer-led as possible,” to continue encouraging the exposure to new books and cultural education.
To learn how to help our fellow team member and her mission, you can E-mail LaTonya at email@example.com or check out the blog. Alternatives For Girls also has a website and donated books can be dropped off at their location, 903 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208.