Late last summer, Borgman Ford asked all of our readers in West Michigan to keep those affected by Hurricane Harvey in their thoughts. It was shortly after a category-4 storm devastated Houston Texas and the surrounding communities, leaving many homeless and many more without basic necessities. Since that time, Ford has been working hard to support those communities in any way they can, and we’re pleased to share some of the things they’ve been doing and the progress that’s been made.
Recently, Ford shared some of the things they are doing in the Official Ford Media Center. Below are some excerpts from the article:
Ford Hosts “Texas Is Family” Event; Donates 38 Vehicles To Support Ongoing Hurricane Recovery Efforts
Nine months after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, Ford Motor Company is reinforcing its commitment to the Houston community and continuing its support of ongoing recovery efforts in southeast Texas.
Ford employees, Houston-area Ford dealers and local nonprofits are gathering at Houston Food Bank today for a “Texas Is Family” community event that marks the donation of 38 Ford vehicles to eight organizations in the state. Vehicles will be used to enhance ongoing relief efforts by delivering food, mental health and medical services, as well as items such as diapers, personal hygiene kits, bug spray, cleaning supplies and coolers. Some vehicles will serve as first responder rescue and evacuation vehicles for future emergencies.
The “Texas Is Family” event demonstrates Ford’s strong connections in the Houston community and brings together many of the nonprofits the company has been working with since recovery efforts began last August. Nonprofits participating in today’s event include:
- Houston Food Bank is moving its emergency food pantry outside to serve as a pop-up food pantry for designated clients; Ford employee volunteers are working to facilitate the pantry and assist clients
- The Salvation Army is providing beverages from its canteen – the vehicle used in disasters to serve first responders – as well as information about the services it offers
- American Red Cross is providing information about long-term recovery efforts in Texas and distributing materials related to its home fire campaign; with hurricane season beginning June 1, the organization is also distributing hurricane and flooding preparedness checklists
- First Book is hosting a pop-up library for representatives from up to 20 local schools to come pick up books and supplies for their teachers; Ford employee volunteers are assisting school officials in selecting and packing books
“Ford is the best in Texas because of our longstanding commitment to being a good neighbor, strengthening communities and helping make people’s lives better – in good times and in times of need,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company. “We want to thank all of our employees, dealers and nonprofit partners who stepped up when the people of Houston needed them most.”
You can read the full article by visiting Media.Ford.com.
Borgman Ford, Your Proud Grand Rapids, MI Ford Dealer
Borgman Ford is proud to represent a company this committed to helping people in need. We’d like to remind everyone in West Michigan to keep Houston and other gulf coast communities in their thoughts this hurricane season. If you’d like to do a little more, we feel the most meaningful way to show support is by making a donation to the Houston Food Bank, but you can also use CharityNavigator.org to find other causes.
For more articles like these, whether about Ford helping on a national or global level, or Borgman helping in Grand Rapids & West Michigan, visit the Community Section of our blog.