So, the company that you work for is flourishing, setting sales, quality, and satisfaction records all over the world. What do you do next? You volunteer your time, and help others. In that vein, about 10,000 members of the Ford Volunteer Corps are uniting to complete over 200 projects on six continents mid-September of this year. The occasion is the eighth annual Ford Global Week of Caring, where Ford employee volunteers tackle a wide variety of projects globally.
From China to Australia and from Europe to the Americas, Ford Global Week of Caring “is the highlight of a year-round global campaign to flex the volunteer muscle of Ford employees, retirees and dealers”, according to the automaker. The projects Ford employees are undertaking include building temporary shelters for homeless children in China, renovating a community youth center in Germany, providing clean drinking water facilities in disadvantaged parts of India and South Africa, and participating in environmental restoration activities in Australia.
In the U.S., Ford employees across 16 states are building homes, rehabilitating shelters, feeding the hungry, creating urban gardens, and assisting military veterans including sponsoring an Honor Flight for World War II veterans from Kansas City to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
“Ford employees tell us they’re thankful to work for a company that encourages and supports their desire to make a difference in their communities,” said president of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services Jim Vella. “It is gratifying to see how our Ford employees are eager to jump in, and the impact of their contributions.”
In Europe and the Asia Pacific region, nonprofit organizations will share more than $200,000 in grants for their projects, while the Ford Motor Company Fund is contributing over $90,000 to support the U.S.-based activities.