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SHANGHAI, China — While the annual Ford Global Week of Caring (GWC) took place in September, at Ford Motor Company year-round volunteering campaigns never end.
Dedicated to giving back to the communities, more than 60 Ford China employees spent a recent Friday afternoon and a Saturday morning with students at Jinde Primary School, building a library for the children of migrant workers to ensure they had better access to educational resources.
During this year’s GWC, in which more than 400 Ford employees took part in a 20-kilometer-long charity walk on the outskirts of the town, Ford Shanghai Volunteer Corps managed to raise US$20,500 for books and furniture that Jinde students may avail themselves of at the new Dandelion Library.
During the project, volunteers wrapped over 3,000 books, assembled more than a dozen book shelves, set up a projector, and painted and decorated the walls.
“The Ford China family demonstrated once again how we can work as a team to give back to the community during the Dandelion Library Initiative,” said Joyce Wang from Government Affairs.
Volunteers also paired up and worked together with the children in the project, an opportunity for them to bond as well as a good practice for grooming a sense of teamwork among the elementary-school students.
“It is very rewarding to see the beautiful smiles on the students’ faces, and to know that we have done something meaningful,” said Joyce. “As a Ford employee, I feel proud that caring about the community is one of the company’s core values. We really put our words into action.”