DEARBORN – Habitat for Humanity Detroit is completing a milestone project in the city with help from Ford Motor Company and its iconic F-150 pickup truck.
A fleet of 2013 Ford F-150 trucks is delivering supplies today to build the 100th home in Habitat for Humanity Detroit’s housing project in the city’s Morningside Commons neighborhood. The donated two-by-fours and other materials will be used for the home’s construction by volunteers, including members of Ford Volunteer Corps.
Ford has built a reputation for making a difference through volunteerism. Each year members of Ford Volunteer Corps – supported by more than 25,000 Ford employees, retirees and dealers – take on projects in 30 countries, such as building houses, packing food and providing a variety of services to underserved communities.
Since 1990 Ford Motor Company Fund has provided more than $3.5 million in grants to Habitat for Humanity, and nearly half of that has been earmarked for Habitat projects in Detroit.
“Ford has a long-term commitment to making a difference in communities worldwide, including helping to improve the quality of life in Detroit through greener, safer and healthier communities,” said Janet Lawson, director of Ford Volunteer Corps, Ford Motor Company Fund.
In 2006 Habitat for Humanity’s Detroit chapter launched a major revitalization project. The nonprofit organization has used a holistic approach to rehabilitate or build more than 325 homes in a 16-block area in Detroit, including the Morningside Commons community that is located on the city’s east side.
“The building materials supplied will help us to continue our mission to improve the quality of life for low-income families in the city of Detroit,” said Vincent Tilford, executive director, Habitat for Humanity. “Thanks to Ford trucks delivering supplies, we are able to meet our goal of building our 100th home in Morningside.”
To find out more about Habitat for Humanity Detroit and its efforts in Morningside Commons and other communities across the city, visit habitatdetroit.org.