DEARBORN - Ford employees bring skill, experience and heart to work each day at the office or in the plant. They bring the same ingredients to work in the community, where the goal is not building vehicles, but building a better world.
The Ford Volunteer Corps spread out over southeast Michigan on a Ford Accelerated Action Day dedicated to helping children and families. Ford employees also assembled into MODEL Teams in Arizona, California, South Carolina, Washington and the District of Columbia for another productive day of community service work.
More than 600 Ford employees stepped away from their desks to work side by side with nonprofit partners who created more than three dozen projects to address urgent needs in their communities. Ford volunteers painted shelters, renovated homes and family centers, and built storage facilities. Many of the participating organizations, such as Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, First Step and Starfish Family Services, shared more than $53,000 in Ford grants to buy the tools, supplies and materials needed to complete their projects.
“Investing in children and families is investing in the future of our communities,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “Ford’s contribution of time and resources delivers comfort today and hope for tomorrow, laying the foundation for a brighter future for everyone.”
At Vista Maria, Ford volunteers painted bedrooms and bathrooms, and helped lift the spirits of young women recovering from abuse and neglect.
“There are always projects that we need help with, so having these 27 extra sets of hands to help with the painting really makes the house a home for our girls,” said Becky Hermann, associate manager, Volunteer Services, Vista Maria. “To see these complete strangers come in and want to make their environment better, safer, more nurturing is really cool and the girls really appreciate it.”
Paint brushes were the tool of the day at the Advanced Technology Academy, but not for walls and ceilings. Ford volunteers helped students paint the set for their school play ’65 Mustang & Motown Review. Employees also brought along some words of wisdom for the kids.
“It’s good to get the volunteers together with our students,” said Steve Quinlan, director, Institutional Advancement, Advanced Technology Academy. “They can talk about the career path the volunteers had that led to a career at Ford Motor and it gives them an idea of what they might want to do in the future.”
Ford volunteers are active in the community throughout the year and around the world. Thousands of Ford employees gather on six continents during Ford Global Week of Caring in September to perform critical community service work in their towns and villages. On Ford Accelerated Action Days, the Ford Volunteer Corps focuses its people power on high-priority projects.
“We do what needs to be done and let the people know we care about them,” said Fred Krick, engineer, Fuel Systems Product Development. “Giving back gives you more than you think it does.”
“It’s always good to be in the community,” said Dee-Dee Boykin, field operations specialist, Marketing, Sales and Service. “As a company Ford cares, and they have a lot of people within the company that care as well.”
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