Community Service

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Ford Motor Company had a unique and rich history with Americans of African descent. Forty years after the Emancipation Proclamation and eleven years after the Company’s inception the First African-American worker, Mr. William Perry was hired.

In June 2003, Jacquelyn Hayes and a team of committed Ford Motor Company volunteers championed and developed and hosted a retrospective Exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to honor this legacy.  Ford Motor Company’s role in providing employment for African Americans facilitated the growth of the black middle class.

Mr. Bill Flournoy was recognized for 50 years of loyal service to Ford Motor Company by senior company executives at the grand opening gala of this event.




The late Dr. John Hope Franklin, noted historian of African American history, recognized Jacquelyn Hayes for her dedicated work and commitment to preserving African American History.

Habitat for Humanity Detroit

Since 2007, Jacki has been an active member of the Board of Directors at Habitat for Humanity Detroit, currently serving as the Vice President of Fund Development.



In 2012 and 2013, Jacquelyn Hayes and Hannan Deep co-chaired/will chair the Habitat for Humanity Detroit Annual Red Carpet Bash held at Max M Fisher Orchestra Hall.




In 2008 and 2010, Jacki hosted a Habitat Detroit Holidays Fundraising Gathering. Fundraising can be FUN!

About the H.O.P.E. Scholarship

In 2001, Jacquelyn Hayes set up the Reginald and Frances Hayes H.O.P.E. Scholarship Fund (Helping Others Prosper from Education) for students at her alma mater, University of Illinois. Since that time, students have been impacted each year by the generous gift from Jacki through this fund.

The Office of Minority Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign hosts the annual Mom’s Day Scholastic Awards Ceremony. This event celebrates the academic accomplishments of African-American, Latino/Latina, Native American, President’s Award Program students and Educational Opportunities Program students.

If you’d like to contribute to the annual H.O.P.E. Scholarship fund, more information can be found at the Office of Minority Student Affairs of the University of Illinois.