DETROIT - Each year, Ford Motor Company participates in a Global Week of Caring where employees have the unique opportunity to step up and go further by making a difference in communities around the globe.
“This year, for the Global Week of Caring, we’ve invited the whole North American leadership team to come to downtown Detroit to Matrix Human Services and paint the courtyard here where the kids play,” said Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president, The Americas. “It’s really a great opportunity for us to give back to the community.”
Matrix Human Services, a non-profit organization founded in 1906, is geared towards serving the poor in a wide variety of demographic aspects. While there are innumerable ways for employees to lend a helping hand, this day was all about painting and planting flowers in the courtyard where the children play.
“Our mission is fighting generational poverty,” said LaTrice Jordan, vice president, Marketing and Development, Matrix Human Services. “What separates us from other organizations in the area is we actually have a model of care that is implemented across all of our program sites and what we do is very unique. We literally transform lives by taking individuals and families from a state of poverty to a state of economic self-sufficiency by giving them all of the tools they need and a roadmap along the way of how to get there.”
Thousands of employees volunteer their time doing work in surrounding communities, but in this case especially, the children were able to witness for themselves Ford staffers working alongside to make their environment a better one. It provided the chance to show that Ford and the people who work there care about their lives and future.
“We thought it was important that the entire North American leadership team come together, show our team unity and give back to the community as well as show the community that we care about the city of Detroit,” said Hinrichs. “It says a lot about Ford Motor Company – that we care and that the Global Week of Caring is something that’s important to us.”
It’s not just important to Ford employees, but also to the many lives that they impact each and every day with their generous contributions. The looks on the children’s faces were nothing short of inspirational as they worked side-by-side Ford volunteers planting flowers and painting.
“We’re very fortunate working for Ford which is one of the best companies in the world. Part of our social responsibility is to give back to the community and be able to give back to people who are less fortunate than we are so it’s really gratifying,” said Jim Tetreault, vice president, North America Manufacturing.
The volunteer efforts of the North American leadership team as well as from various teams throughout the company during this year’s Global Week of Caring truly made a difference.
“Ford Motor Company, Ford foundation and Ford Fund have been incredibly supportive over the years with Matrix Human Services,” said Jordan. “I don’t think many of the employees realize the impact that the volunteerism and the dollars that they donate every year is making on the community as well as the lives of the individuals that we serve and we serve more than 25,000 individuals and families every single year. So I’d like to say thank you to the Ford team as a whole for all that you do.”