As Ford rises up to meet the challenges presented by the global COVID-19 pandemic, the company continues its ongoing commitment to support social mobility and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
Ford and the Ford Motor Company Fund partnered with several local nonprofits to host an event earlier this month that brought the community together and provided a myriad of services to families affected by the recent earthquakes in the southern region of the island.
In collaboration with Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, Proyecto Nacer, Hispanic Federation, Enactus, and community volunteers, more than 150 families received general medical services, mental health support, disaster preparedness information, census education, and other resources. There were also activities such as Tai-Chi sessions and musical presentations designed to provide some relief to families coping with daily challenges and fears for the future.
Students had the opportunity to attend STEM workshops through the Mobile Science Lab (Ciencia Móvil) vehicle, donated by Ford to Centros Sor Isolina Ferré. Children of all ages participated in fun activities throughout the day.
Ford also extended its partnership with the nonprofit organization ToolBank USA by announcing plans to bring their tool lending program to Puerto Rico. Throughout the next 12 months, local nonprofits will be able to borrow tools from the ToolBank to assist in reconstruction efforts. Heart 9/11, the team of first responders that has worked with Ford in its disaster relief on the Island, also received funds for their ongoing reconstruction projects in affected communities.
The Ford Hispanic Network is also leading an ongoing Ford employee matching program effort to match a Ford Fund donation of $20,000 through the Red Cross to further assist families.
In addition, the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®, in partnership with Ford Motor Company Fund, will be donating musical instruments to a school in Yauco affected by the earthquake.
After Hurricane Maria, Ford has provided much needed services to the island – from basic needs such as food, water, clothing and transportation, to other longer-term recovery assistance. Since 2010, Ford and Ford Fund have invested more than $3 million in community-building programs through its Operation Better World initiative, including disaster relief and recovery efforts as well as educational initiatives such as Ford Driving Dreams and Latin GRAMMY® in The Schools programming and events.