What You Can Do Virtually During National Volunteer Week

COVID-19 may be keeping you at home. But that doesn’t mean community spirit has to stay on the couch.

Ford Motor Company Fund and the Ford Volunteer Corps have developed new ways to participate in National Volunteer Week while respecting social distance guidelines. This includes virtual volunteering opportunities such as assisting people who contact the United Way of Southeast Michigan’s 2-1-1 call center.

For the week of April 19 – 25, we are asking Ford employees to redirect your Ford Volunteer Corps 16 hours and put $16 towards the COVID-19 Donation Match. After you donate please show your volunteer spirt and take a selfie in your blue Ford Volunteer Corps t-shirt and post it to the @BlueOvalNow mobile app, tagging your post #FordEmployees.

The COVID-19 Donation Match is a combined effort between Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford. Together they will match $500,000 in donations to nearly 40 designated community organizations in the fight against COVID-19, raising a potential $1 million for groups battling the pandemic across the globe.

Additionally, the Ford Volunteer Corps is working hard to find projects that keep you safe during this time. For those looking at how you can give back, we encourage you to participate in the following virtual volunteering projects:

·    Work from your laptop to direct people to much needed resources as a United Way 2-1-1 Call Center Volunteer

·    Submit a video reading your favorite children’s book for Ford Fund Read and Record

·    Mentor Job-Seekers through StreetWise, this is a long-term volunteer opportunity as the organization pairs business professionals with mentees to provide them with the skills, resources and access to networks that they need to secure and maintain employment over the course of several weeks

·    Ensure your community has the resources it needs for the next 10 years by completing the 2020 Census

·    Find more virtual volunteer opportunities from Points of Light. Participate in projects that involve:  genealogy, fundraising, disaster mapping, mentoring, literacy, engineering and much more.

For other ways employees can contribute to nonprofit needs whether it be in-person volunteering or donations of goods and supplies visit “How You Can Help” on fordfund.org/covid19.

We know that many of you are already giving back in creative and safe ways during this challenging time. For these acts and for the countless ways you have already given your time, energy and talents, we thank you.

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