2023 Global Caring Month volunteer project applications are no longer being accepted.
- Employees will be notified of the status of their proposal and next steps by June 30.
2024 Global Caring Month application information will be shared here on April 1, 2024, as well as shared in our Ford Volunteer Corps monthly newsletter which you can sign up for here.
Each September, the Ford Volunteer Corps rallies employees to design their own volunteer projects as part of our annual month-long community service initiative, Global Caring Month.
Employees choose an organization or issue they care about most in their communities and propose a unique volunteer project in partnership with a local nonprofit. Projects range from building homes or renovating schools, to cleaning up parks, installing clean water systems, distributing fresh food and more.
Ford Fund will provide up to $10,000 USD for nonprofit organizations to buy supplies for in-person volunteer projects that will take place during the month of September.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Ford Fund team, and selected projects will be referred to Global Giving, Ford Fund’s international grant-making partner.
Ford employees participating in volunteer projects must adhere to all health and safety guidelines set by the company and follow local market regulations.
Past Project Examples
In 2022, more than $895,000 USD in grant funding was provided to 126 employee-nominated nonprofits in 30 countries. Here are a few examples of employee projects:
In Spain, volunteers lent their time and talent to many different projects. As an example, an employee group worked at the Fundacion Apascovi, a center for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers painted, cleaned and landscaped the center as well as improved the infrastructure of the facility.
In the U.K., volunteers worked with The Bike Project, a charity that takes in and refurbishes second-hand bikes and donates them to people who need them.