• Ford volunteers take on community projects


    Ford volunteers atwork in a housing rehab project.

    FORD Motor announced that 10,000 members of the Ford Volunteer Corps—comprised of Ford employees, retirees and dealers—are joining together to tackle more than 200 projects on six continents during the eighth annual Ford Global Week of Caring.

    In September, Ford said its volunteer corps took on projects in the Philippines, China, Australia, Europe and the Americas.

    “Ford employees tell us they’re thankful to work for a company that encourages and supports their desire to make a difference in their communities,” said Jim Vella, president of Ford Motor Co. Fund and Community Services. “It is gratifying to see how our Ford employees are eager to jump in, and the impact of their contributions.”

    Ford said its employees are undertaking a wide variety of projects around the world, which include building temporary shelters for homeless children in China, renovating a community youth center in Germany, providing clean drinking water facilities in disadvantaged parts of India and South Africa, and participating in environmental restoration activities in Australia.

    Across its Asean markets, Ford said its volunteers worked in community outreach projects that included building houses and bamboo dams, renovating schools, planting seedlings in mangroves, and donating books to schools. Many of these projects will be expanded and continued during the coming months, the carmaker said.

    In the Philippines, more than 129 Ford employees, dealers and partners joined this year’s efforts, collectively accounting for more than 716 volunteer hours.

    Together with American Chamber Foundation Phils., Ford said it supported the programs of Gawad Kalinga (GK), a group that builds homes and communities across the country.

    Ford said the Dr. Jose Rizal GK Village in Laguna was the recipient of a $6,000 grant, which helped support house refurbishing activities, as well as medical and dental services for the 300 families residing in the community. Additionally, Ford donated basic goods and spent time with the elderly at the Mary Mother of Mercy Home of the Elderly and Abandoned in San Pedro, Laguna.

    “The annual Global Week of Caring brings out the very best in Ford and our team. It’s great to reach out and support our local communities in meaningful ways that provide long-lasting benefits,” said Kay Hart, managing director of Ford Phils.

    In the US, Ford employees in 16 states are building homes, rehabilitating shelters, feeding the hungry, planting urban vegetable gardens and assisting military veterans, including sponsoring an Honor Flight for World War II veterans from Kansas City to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Nonprofit organizations in Europe and the Asia Pacific will share more than $200,000 in grants for their projects. The Ford Motor Co. Fund is also contributing more than $90,000 to support the US-based activities.


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