When you recycle plastic bottles, do you ever stop and think about where that plastic ends up? One answer is Ford vehicles.
September may be National Blueberry Popsicle Month and National Courtesy Month (thank you very much), but at Ford it’s something a little bigger—Global Caring Month.
It’s a time of year that we come together as one big family around the world and support causes within our communities. Projects big and small are undertaken by the Ford Volunteer Corps, a group of over 27,000 Ford employee and retiree volunteers active in over 40 countries.
One special project was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Bill Ford Better World Project. Clean water is easy to take for granted in the U.S. All you have to do is turn the faucet on and out it comes. But for some residents of the town of Chanthaburi, Thailand, in southeast Asia, it’s not quite that easy. The town, which serves as an educational and agricultural hub for over 3,300 local residents, has a water system that was, until recently, in desperate need of repair.
But as part of Global Caring Month, and thanks to the substantial grant, hundreds of Ford volunteers will be pitching in to completely rebuild the water system from the ground up. This includes the repair and replacement of storage tanks, new water purifiers, and fixtures. Thanks to the upgrades, the system will be able to support the development of community gardens, allowing local residents to learn and eat sustainably.
“Clean water is a necessity—a basic human right—that is not always readily available in parts of the world,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “This project goes to the heart of making people’s lives better as we start Global Caring Month by harnessing the power of our volunteers to improve their communities.”
In addition to the $200,000 to support the Chanthaburi water system rebuild, Ford is also donating over half a million dollars to support additional community projects elsewhere. These funds will go towards the supplied and equipment necessary to undertake the dozens of projects that our team members will undertake. Corps will undertake around the world.
From repairing a nursery in Brazil to painting a school in Angola, our Ford Volunteer Corps stand ready to make the world a little better of a place in the coming weeks.