September 07, 2012

Ford Global Week of Caring draws 10,000 employees for Ford Volunteer Corps blitz in 20 countries

An army of 10,000 Ford employees, retirees and dealers have set their sights on more than 200 community projects on six continents for the seventh annual Ford Global Week of Caring.

From September 8 through September 16, the Ford Volunteer Corps will be out in
force with hammers, shovels and paintbrushes in more than 20 countries to tackle community projects from Asia to Africa and from Europe to The Americas.

The volunteers will repair schools in Australia and South Africa, organise an anti-litter rally in India, construct community water projects in China and Thailand, install water desalinisation equipment in Indonesia and build barn owl boxes on coastal marshes in the UK.

Ford volunteers in the US will take on projects in 15 states including building houses, packing food and providing legal service to veterans.

Many of these projects will be expanded and continued during coming months.

"Around the world, Ford employees have built a reputation of making a difference with strong hands and huge hearts," said Jim Vella, President, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "We now have the momentum and resources to start taking the next steps toward realizing our global vision of year-round volunteer activities."

More than 25 non-profits in the Asia Pacific countries of Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, as well as South Africa, will share for the first time more than US$ 100,000 in grants for the tools and supplies needed by volunteers to complete their projects. Another $140,000 in grants will be shared by a dozen nonprofits in the US for a variety of projects, including the building of a Habitat for Humanity house in Detroit.


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