Community,Ram | November 09 2020

Ram Nation Steps Up to Serve Midland Disaster Relief

The central Michigan town of Midland was hard-hit with massive flooding last May, sweeping away homes, businesses and infrastructure in a torrent of water some are calling the 500-year flood. 

In the months since, Ram Nation volunteers have worked with United Way of Midland County and Michigan Ram Truck dealers to help devastated Midland residents safely work to recover their lives and livelihoods. Ram Nation is a grassroots volunteer organization created by Ram Truck in 2012 to help people in need following a disaster.  

Participating Michigan Ram Truck dealers opened their doors as Midland Relief Donation Centers, collecting personal protective equipment, food, water, personal care items and household goods from volunteers and others wanting to aid in the recovery. 

Mike Koval, head of Ram brand, recently joined representatives of United Way of Midland County at Feeny Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram of Midland where Ram Nation volunteers were getting ready to drive their Ram trucks loaded with relief supplies to the Flood Recovery Depot in Midland County for distribution to those impacted by the disaster.

In addition to helping collect and distribute needed supplies, the Ram Truck brand is matching all monetary donations made by dealerships to the United Way of Midland County in support of flood relief efforts up to $50,000.

For more information on how to become a Ram Nation volunteer, click here to be notified of upcoming events in your community where you can help make a difference.  

Betty Newman

Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and
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Hi, I’m Betty Carrier Newman. I know – three names! Just who does she think she is? I’m a native Michigander; therefore, I love all things outdoors, like hiking and off-roading. I work in Communications with the Digital Media team. Some days I produce video shoots, write scripts, voice and edit video for features to post to our corporate and social media sites. Other times I’m strategizing with the brands I support – Ram, Jeep and Corporate – to come up with attention-grabbing ways to tell their unique stories. Then there’s the travel - to places like Moab, Utah, and the Rubicon Trail in California - to shoot (and enjoy) awesome off-road adventure that I then turn into exciting videos to post on our sites. Routine? Definitely not in my world! Challenges, creativity, cool cars and trucks, exciting places – yeah, they’re in there! Oh, the three names? In an earlier life I was hired as the first major-market female TV co-anchor for the NBC affiliate in Detroit – Channel 4. My name was Betty Carrier back then – until I married and added the ‘Newman.’ That’s my story and, yes, I’m really enjoying my FCA ride!