Dedicated Volunteer Work of Ford Employees Helps Communities Across The Globe
Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids is pleased to share that Ford employees have contributed to more than 1,700 volunteer projects in 2017. We’re tremendously proud of the hard work they have been doing throughout the year, whether it’s building homes, providing clean water for the developing world, aiding disaster relief efforts, and more.
An article recently published by Ford highlights some accomplishments of Ford volunteers throughout the year. It also explains some of the steps Ford is taking to grow their volunteer corp and do more good work year over year. Here is an excerpt from the article:
Ford Employees Are Leading The Way To A Better World, Energizing Ford’s Impact On Making People’s Lives Better
From disaster relief contributions to community service projects, Ford Motor Company employees around the world went beyond their daily jobs in 2017 to leave a positive impact where they live and work.
In total, the Ford Volunteer Corps filled 36,488 volunteer opportunities in more than 1,700 community service projects during 2017 – an increase of more than 3,000 participants and 200-plus projects from last year. Ford employees installed clean water systems, built homes, renovated shelters and schools and fed the hungry in 40 countries, working more than 237,000 hours for people in their cities, towns and villages. The time donated by Ford volunteers is the equivalent of a financial investment of $5.72 million.
Ford volunteers put their engineering know-how to work for children facing mobility challenges by making modifications to toy trucks that help the kids move about with their friends who can run and walk. Ford employees created music playlists for dementia patients, hoping to stimulate happy memories and connect them with deep-rooted feelings of peace and joy. And Ford volunteers helped vacant city lots spring back to life with flower and vegetables gardens that benefit entire neighborhoods.
“Our employees are the heart and soul of this company,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. “Their energy, creativity and dedication to making people’s lives better is what makes Ford truly special.”
Ford employees also contributed to disaster relief efforts following hurricanes, floods and wildfires in 2017. As Ford and Ford Fund contributed vehicles and financial aid to disaster relief teams in Texas, Florida and Mexico, Ford employees and dealers reached into their own pockets to personally donate more than $500,000 to help people get back on their feet in the wake of this year’s devastating wave of natural disasters. Ford volunteers also stepped up to assist families with cleanup and held collection drives for essential items identified by local non-profits.
You can read the full article by visiting Media.Ford.com.
Borgman Ford in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Borgman Ford has been serving Grand Rapids and West Michigan with quality Ford vehicles since 1960. As a family-owned business, now in our third generation, we are extremely proud to represent a Ford – a company that shares our values of community. Ford’s efforts here in Michigan, across the country, and all over the world are working to make the future a little bit brighter, and we’re glad to be a part of it. To learn more about Ford’s volunteer programs, visit Volunteer.Ford.com.
If you want to help us bring smiles to children in need this holiday season, please bring new and unwrapped toys to our dealership in Grand Rapids for our Toys For Tots Toy Drive. It will only take a moment of your time, but it can change the life of a child forever. For more info, click here.