MELBOURNE, Australia — At Ford Australia, employees continue to give.
As a part of Ford Australia’s 16 Hour Volunteering Program, employees have undertaken some great projects since the start of the year.
A group of Ford employees volunteered last month at the Where the Heart Is Festival. The annual community festival is run by the Royal District Nursing Service and supported by service users and workers from over 40 community agencies, including the City of Melbourne, the City of Yarra and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Ford volunteers assisted at stalls and helped with catering and children’s activities including a pet marquee. The adults weren’t forgotten either, with arts, gardening and book stalls to whet their appetites.
A group of eight employees also volunteered at the Geelong Food Relief Centre, where they painted, erected shelving and a tool shed and removed partitions for the centre.
"It was a good experience, we met hardworking and nice people with an awesome attitude," said Viv Tellez, one of the Ford volunteers.
In conjunction with Foodbank Australia and private doners, the Geelong Food Relief Centre provides emergency food relief in and around the Geelong region. It’s estimated that the Centre supports around 700 people each week.
In 2012, Ford Australia employees completed over 2,700 volunteering hours and in 2013 are aiming to increase their volunteering footprint among communities located in and around their plants.
Ford employees also volunteered at Where the Heart Is Festival.