One person can truly make a difference. Now imagine the change in the world when that number becomes thousands upon thousands.
September 2013 marks the eighth annual Ford Global Week of Caring, in which Ford employees and retirees as well as dealerships volunteer for community projects. This year, approximately 12,000 Ford employees are taking part in more than 315 projects on six continents.
“Our employees do everything from assisting Habitat for Humanity builds here, working with orphans in Nanjing to building fresh water wells in South Africa,” said Janet Lawson, Director of Ford Volunteer Corps. “Some run blood drives or help stock food pantries. Last year in India, volunteers collected and donated 750 pairs of shoes and 1,500 pairs of socks to schoolchildren in India who had none.”
It’s estimated that volunteers will give 55,000 hours during Global Week of Caring. The Ford Volunteer Corps is part of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.
In addition to new community projects, each year some are expanded or ongoing.
“I mean there are so many unbelievable projects. Really, it’s about making a difference in the world. A huge difference,” Janet said. “Ford Global Week of Caring is part of our DNA. It’s another way we Go Further. It’s what we are all about.”
Ford has a legacy of caring that extends back more than 100 years, and that same level of commitment and care given to building vehicles extends to giving back to others.
“Ford volunteers are engaged, energized, and making a world of difference for people in need,” Janet added. “Ford volunteers are the face of Ford in the community, and proudly carry on the company’s legacy of caring and community service.”