DEARBORN, Mich. — As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase globally, the health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers and community partners are always Ford’s highest priority. As a result, we have taken the following actions in accordance with Ford Motor Company and governmental coronavirus guidelines:

  • All Ford Fund meetings and events scheduled through the end of April 2020 have been postponed.
  • All Ford Volunteer Corps service projects are canceled until further notice. Ford Fund is exploring how employee volunteers may be able to assist nonprofits that are short-staffed.
  • Ford Resource and Engagement Centers around the globe are closed except for food distribution.

We will continue to evaluate and provide updates as new information becomes available.

To date, Ford Fund has allocated more than $1.6 million in resources to help communities and nonprofits address hunger, shelter and mobility needs related to COVID-19.  

“We are immediately targeting resources to ensure that the most vulnerable people are being cared for during this unprecedented situation,” said Mary Culler, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “We appreciate all that our nonprofit partners are doing and will continue to work with them to address critical needs in our communities as the situation evolves.”

In Southeast Michigan

  • We are working with Gleaners Food Bank in Detroit to ensure that drive-up food delivery continues at our two Ford Resource and Engagement Centers.
    • Detroit East location: March and April food distribution schedules
    • Detroit Southwest location: Food distribution schedule through April
    • All other programming and services at both locations have been suspended until further notice. 
  • We have converted 20 employee shuttle vans into food delivery vehicles to help nonprofits serve needy families and seniors, as shuttles are not being used while employees work from home.
  • We also are working with Lincoln to use six Navigators from the Lincoln Personal Driver program as food delivery vehicles for local nonprofits.
  • We worked with food service contractor Aramark to deliver 1,200 take-out food containers to Pope Francis Center so they can provide to-go meals to homeless people.

Across the United States

  • We are redirecting approximately $1 million to support local organizations in cities across the U.S. in their efforts to provide hunger relief, shelter and assist with mobility needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few examples include:
    • In Arizona, Ford Fund and the Arizona Ford dealers are donating to emergency food banks, mobile medical clinics and other vital services.
    • In California, Ford Fund is working with local Boys & Girls Clubs to deliver food to homebound families as well as nutritious snacks and learning activity kits to help children who are home from school.
    • In Illinois, Ford Fund is working with the Chicago Food Depository on a local distribution plan.
    • In Florida, Ford Fund is providing assistance to teachers and educators keeping students engaged and is working with the Hispanic Federation to meet food and mobility issues.
    • And in Kansas City, Ford Fund is working with hunger relief agencies to provide immediate assistance to those in need.
  • In partnership with UNCF (United Negro College Fund), we have established a $100,000 emergency fund for students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) who may need financial assistance with travel costs to get home. Interested students should contact their HBCU to determine if funds are available.
  • Through its partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Ford Fund is redirecting funds to support Hispanic students during the pandemic, providing hunger relief, assisting with transportation needs and offering mental health coaching, mentoring and online educational support through 50 LULAC councils around the country.

Around the world

  • We contributed $75,000 to China NGO partner Non-Profit Incubator (NPI) to purchase face masks and other protective gear in the early weeks of the virus breakout. Ford of China matched the Ford Fund donation, making it a total donation of $150,000 / 1M RMB.
  • We launched an emergency grant program in 40 international markets for smaller projects ($5,000-$25,000) that address COVID-19-related issues.
  • We are maintaining food recovery and delivery services using Ford Rangers at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center in Bangkok.

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