Ford Employees, Others Still Have an Opportunity to Contribute and Save Lives
Donations to Ford Motor Company Fund’s Global COVID-19 Donation Match are already having an impact in the fight against the pandemic in Craiova, Romania.
Through the Donation Match Program, Ford Motor Company Fund, Ion Țiriac Foundation and local nonprofit partners Rotary Craiova Probitas, have jointly purchased Coronavirus testing equipment for Craiova Emergency County Clinical Hospital. The new diagnostic tools are enabling healthcare workers to increase the number of tests conducted on people suspected of having the coronavirus from 30 to more than 300 a day.
“The national and international dynamics of the epidemic requires the increase of diagnostic capacity,” said Dr. Teodor Sas, manager, County Clinical Hospital of Craiova Emergency. “Given the epidemiological context, the high contagiousness of the virus, we know that it is mandatory to put into operation new capacity for the effective diagnosis of this pathology.”
The COVID-19 Donation Match program is a combined effort between Ford Fund and Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford that will match $500,000 in donations to designated community organizations in the fight against COVID-19. The effort has the potential to raise $1 million for groups battling the pandemic worldwide.
Employees and others interested in donating can visit www.globalgiving.org/ford-covid-response to view a full list of participating countries as well as cities across the United States.
GlobalGiving, Ford’s longtime disaster relief and global grant-making partner, is managing the program and will add new projects in the weeks ahead that have a significant level of emergency need and a substantial Ford employee presence.
Romania is one of more than 20 countries where match funds are being used. Ford Romania and local Ford dealers are also making available more than 25 vehicles for use by public health authorities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“It is very important to be with those who need support during this period, whether it is those in the first line in the fight against the spread of COVID19 or people in isolation, older people and families who are in need of food,” said Ian Pearson, president of Ford Romania and director of the Ford plant site in Craiova. “We owe a lot to our community and through these small actions we continue to be with our employees, their families and friends.”
Ford Fund also announced the launch of a campaign to feed more than 400 low-income families in rural communities in Romania. The project is supported by the Napoca Rally Academy, the national champion rally team, whose volunteers will ensure the purchase, transport and delivery of packages with basic food supplies.
“We are pleased to be able to use our skills outside of our motorsport projects to help in these difficult times for everyone,” said Bogdan Marișca, Napoca Rally Academy. “We have been working with Ford Motor Company Fund for almost 6 years and our involvement in the organization of this caravan and the delivery of food supplies in these communities has come as an absolute natural step.”
Meantime to further assist employees, their families or anyone looking for things to do at home during the pandemic, Ford Fund is compiling COVID-19 related volunteer opportunities and providing a library of free online resources offered by many of its community partners. Learn more at www.fordfund.org/covid19.