A look back at Ford Volunteer Corps projects in the second half of 2019
More than 17,000 Ford employees participated in 1,434 Ford Volunteer Corps projects throughout 2019. Ford volunteers in 37 countries and 18 states spent nearly 117,000 hours building stronger communities and making people’s lives better. Ford Fund contributed more than $1 million to buy supplies for Ford employees working on projects to help feed the hungry, provide clean water, build homes, renovate schools, educate young people and protect the environment. You can see examples of Ford volunteers in action in the second half of 2019 by clicking through the photo gallery below.
Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries – Detroit, Michigan (December 2019)Ford volunteers helped sort and organize gift bags and set up the hall for the annual Christmas party for people served by the mission.
Belhus Park Scout Group – South Ockendon, England, United Kingdom (October 2019)Ford volunteers from the Dagenham Engine Plant grabbed their paint brushes and went to work on the scout hut that serves the local community. In addition to painting the hall, Ford employees helped replace lighting, took on some minor repairs and garden chores.
Metropolitan Ministries – Tampa, Florida (December 2019)Ford employees from the Tampa Business Center sorted and distributed donated toys and food and directed traffic at the Holiday Tent event. While the word “HOPE” is backward in the photo, the goal was to turn “HOPE” around as this holiday season, as Metropolitan Ministries served more than 30,000 families in need.
Orange County GRIP (Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership) – California (December 2019)Ford’s mentor program and OC GRIP wrapped up the year with an all-day event at the Ford Motor Company office. One hundred fifty kids enjoyed a day of activities that included five celebrity motivational speakers, including NBA Hall of Famer James Worthy, NFL Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Latina singer and fashion designer Lala Romero. The police canine unit was also a favorite of the children.
Detroit Area Agency on Aging – Detroit, Michigan (December 2019)For the 12th consecutive year Ford Fund teamed up with the Detroit Area Agency on Aging to support the Holiday Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving program, which provides more than 6,000 homebound seniors with a holiday meal. Ford Fund’s Pamela Alexander presented a check for $50,000 and then joined other Ford volunteers to help pack food and deliver meals.
Marian House – Colorado Springs, Colorado (October 2019)Ford Credit employees in Colorado Springs are regular volunteers at the Marian House Soup Kitchen, helping with food preparation and serving those in need.
Habitat for Humanity – Buenos Aires, Argentina (September 2019)Ford volunteers helped build and paint homes in Argentina among more than a dozen Ford Volunteer Corps projects during Ford Global Caring Month. Ford employees also installed community water tanks, stocked shelves at a food bank and made toys. Throughout the month, 120 Ford volunteers reached out to touch the lives of more than 1,400 people.
Nonprofit Incubator – China (September 2019)Ford volunteers built garden beds for flowers and vegetables using wood strips, old tires and other recycled waste. With green space at a premium in China, the project will provide people in the community with more places to relax and enjoy the outdoors. More than 400 Ford employees from across a wide range of departments participated in 47 community service projects during Ford Global Caring Month – from mentoring students in STEAM to cleaning up beaches.
Hands On Nashville – Nashville, Tennessee (December 2019)Ford volunteers sorted gift bags at The Salvation Army’s Nashville Angel Tree Warehouse and prepared them for delivery to families. The program provides new clothing and toys for children and families in need during the holiday season. Found in malls, businesses and community centers, Angel Trees are decorated with paper angels that include wish lists for local children.
Feed My Starving Children – Aurora, Illinois (December 2019)Ford volunteers from the Chicago area assisted Feed My Starving Children with a dry food repack of meals that will be distributed globally. In 2019, the organization sent meals developed by food scientists and nutrition professionals to needy families in 65 countries. Thirty Ford volunteers from Marketing Sales and Service and Ford Credit packed 7,560 meals that will feed 21 undernourished children for one year.
Freestore Foodbank – Cincinnati, Ohio (December 2019)Ford volunteers in Ohio filled up the shelves at the Freestore Foodbank with a variety of products that will distributed to people in need.
TRANSITEMOS Foundation – Lima, Peru (October 2019)Improving road safety is the goal of the Angels of Mobility Campaign. Ford Peru teamed up with the TRANSITEMOS Foundation to help young people develop responsible safety practices in seven local communities. Ford Peru volunteers gave talks on road safety, traffic issues and responsible mobility to more than 300 high school students.
Bürgerstiftung Köln (Community Foundation Cologne) – Cologne, Germany (November 2019)Students at Johannes-Gutenberg-Realschule have an opportunity to work with IT equipment to understand the urban environment. With the help of Ford volunteers, students built a network to measure and compare air quality on the road around the school. The results were analyzed and used to alert students to global challenges.
Operation Good Cheer – Dearborn, Michigan (December 2019)Ford IT volunteers collected and wrapped more than 1,500 gifts for foster care children as part of Operation Good Cheer. A steady stream of Ford employees from locations throughout southeast Michigan carried and carted in bikes, boxes and other gifts to iTek, where the presents were prepared for delivery. Operation Good Cheer is an annual holiday tradition started by Ford employees in 1971. In total, a record 7,159 children and youth received gifts in 2019 through this entirely volunteer-driven gift-giving program.
Meals on Wheels – McKinney, Texas (December 2019)Ford employees in North Texas went to work at Meals on Wheels Collin County. Three dozen Ford volunteers prepared and delivered meals, and did the clean up afterward.
The Parade Company – Detroit, Michigan (November 2019)The Ford Volunteer Corps joined the community celebration at the 93rd America’s Thanksgiving Parade in downtown Detroit. Ford’s commitment to “Creating Tomorrow Together” was on full display with the company’s all-new float making its debut. Ford and The Parade Company also join forces each summer for the annual Ford Fireworks along the Detroit riverfront.
Methodist Children’s Home Society – Redford Township, Michigan (November 2019)Ford volunteers from Retailer Education and Training put some elbow grease behind a deep cleaning at the Methodist Children’s Home Society. Employees scrubbed, vacuumed and washed several cottages, as well as the exercise and game center.
Food Gatherers – Ann Arbor, Michigan (October 2019)A group of Ford product development engineers sorted and repacked donated and rescued food at the Food Gatherers warehouse.
Paul’s Car Wash – Arizona (October 2019)For a 5th year, Ford volunteers joined with Paul’s Car Wash to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Ford donated $5,000 in support of mentorship programs and a crew of 15 employee volunteers from the regional office and Ford’s Arizona Proving Grounds helped wash vehicles for donations.
Kensington Metropark – Milford Township, Michigan (October 2019)Ford volunteers prepared the grounds, built benches and helped build the new amphitheater at Kensington Metropark that will be used for nature-related community events.
Luvuyo Orphanage Home – Pretoria, South Africa (September 2019)Nearly 800 Ford volunteers in South Africa supported 30 nonprofit organizations during Ford Global Caring Month in September. Ford Fund pitched in more than $123,000 to supply needed materials for the projects. Ford employees from the Silverton and Struandale plants, plus volunteers from Ford dealers across Sub-Saharan Africa spent nearly 10,500 hours giving back to their communities.