Stories of Meaningful Change


Stories from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

A Passion for Education

Connie Hill

Six weeks into retirement from Graff Chevrolet, Connie Hill is enjoying long walks in her neighborhood where she feels safe and secure. She finds beauty in nature and now has more time to enjoy it. The Davison native is looking forward to this next phase of her life, tending to her garden, volunteering at Davison First Baptist Church, and continuing to contribute to the betterment of her beloved community.

While the majority of her career was spent at Jim Waldron Buick GMC, the last three years before retirement she worked at Graff Chevrolet. Connie worked in the customer service department at both Davison businesses. "I enjoy helping people. I like solving problems," said Connie. "I enjoyed working with customers, many of whom have become friends."

She shares great respect for Jim Waldron and Chris Graff, men who have contributed much for the local school district. "Jim and Chris have the same philosophy of supporting the community. And, that support is a responsibility, not an obligation, because of the support the community gives to the business. For me, it opened the door to what was out there."

Sharing this passion for education, Connie speaks highly of Davison schools and the caliber of education offered to students. "Our school district is a destination. I like that they have taken the word "no" out of the vocabulary. Rather, it's more about how can we make that happen."

Connie continues to support improve quality of life in Davison through gifts to the Davison Community Fund, which supports a variety of educational programs with its grantmaking.

Her home is tucked away in the city and she likes being close enough to the school to hear the marching band or sports teams practice. She's proud of the Student of the Month scholarship program started by Jim Waldron, and now continued on with Chris Graff, chair of the Davison Community Fund Advisory Committee.