Team Rubicon Delivers Big Impact to Tornado Survivors in Marshall, Michigan

Mar 20, 2024

On February 28, an EF1 tornado with wind gusts of 100 mph touched down northeast of Marshall, Michigan, just 100 miles west of Ford World Headquarters. The tornado track covered almost five miles, uprooting hundreds of trees and causing severe damage to homes, barns and power lines.

Within hours, Greyshirt volunteers from Team Rubicon, Ford and Ford Fund’s disaster relief partner, were on the ground assisting survivors, tarping roofs and removing fallen trees. One elderly woman in the area was trapped in her home due to fallen trees, and thanks to Team Rubicon, the trees were cleared right away.  

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You, too, can sign up to help Team Rubicon rebuild communities after disasters strike. Here are two ways you can help now: 

1. Donate. 

Donate to Team Rubicon’s Ready Reserve Fund to ensure Team Rubicon can deploy as quickly as possible.

Donations are focused in three critical areas: Response, Recovery, and Resilience. By giving to the Ready Reserve Fund, your investment ensures vulnerable households in Michigan will receive the services they need.

2. Volunteer

  • Sign up to volunteer by registering to become a Team Rubicon Greyshirt. Make sure to select FORD as your affiliation.
    • Complete the online training so you are prepared and ready to help in the recovery efforts when the call comes in.
  • By becoming a Greyshirt you will receive text alerts for current operations in your region
  • The Ford Volunteer Corps is piloting an extended paid time off policy to allow for more flexibility to deploy with Team Rubicon. Full-time employees currently receive 16 hours of paid time for use when volunteering. If you are interested in deploying with Team Rubicon for longer than 16 hours, please email the Ford Volunteer Corps for details at

To learn more, follow Team Rubicon on Instagram and check out their new 13-episode series on Roku.