DEARBORN - Ford Motor Credit Company employees throughout the U.S. and Canada have gone to great lengths to show support for United Way, raising about $31,000 beyond payroll pledges and having fun as a team in the process.
“All of you are a great role model for the rest of the company in terms of how you go about the United Way campaign and the way you do it with a style of fun,” Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company chief operating officer, told employees at Ford Credit headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, at the start of their campaign. Fields is serving as chair of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan campaign.
United Way is a leadership and support organization for a network of nearly 1,800 community-based organizations in 45 countries and territories. Its focus is on helping individuals and families achieve their full potential through education, income stability and basic needs, such as food, clothing and shelter.
Working together, employees at the Ford Credit central office building golfed, played bingo, shot basketballs, collected food and school supplies, and raced tricycles with colleagues from Ford Information Technology (IT), which shares the building.
Special guests from a galaxy far, far away added “star power” to Ford Credit’s central office building campaign, which had a science fiction theme. Characters from the Star Wars film franchise – including Darth Vader and a small contingent of storm troopers, who are members of a fan organization that supports community and charity activities – added to the fun with campaign-related appearances.
United Way fundraising campaigns also have been taking place at Ford Credit’s U.S. and Canadian business centers. Activities range from a ball hockey tournament to clothing drives and from bake sales to premium parking space auctions, with all contributions going to local United Way agencies.
“These are excellent examples Going Further to support the communities in which we live and work,” said Ford Credit Chairman and CEO Bernard Silverstone, who chairs Ford’s 2013 United Way campaign. “Through the generosity of Ford and Ford Credit employees – and a spirit of teamwork – we are making a difference for men, women and children in need.”
Click here to see images from the 2013 Ford Credit U.S. and Canadian United Way “fun” campaigns.
Ford Motor Company’s United Way fund drive runs through Oct. 31. Click here for more information or to make a contribution.
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