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Ford Volunteers Put Children & Families First on Ford Accelerated Action Day
[March 13, 2014]

Ford Volunteers Put Children & Families First on Ford Accelerated Action Day

DEARBORN, Mich. --(Business Wire)--

The helping hands of the Ford Volunteer Corps are working for children and families on a Ford Accelerated Action Day. More than 500 Ford employees are participating at 32 nonprofit locations across southeast Michigan.

MODEL Teams of Ford volunteers are painting shelters, renovating family centers and helping to build homes. Many of the participating organizations will share more than $57,000 in Ford grants to buy the tools, supplies and materials needed to complete their projects.

"We're utilizing our people and our resources to lay the foundation for a brighter future in our communities," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. "Children and families are the back bone of strong communities. By helping them succeed, we're helping our communities grow and prosper."

Nonprofit partners in southeast Michigan receiving up to $5,000 in grants for today's projects include:

  • Arts & Scraps, Detroit - Organize and inventory robots materials
  • Focus: Hope, Detroit - Create family literacy area at Center for Children
  • Girl Scouts of SE Michigan, Detroit - Assemble learning kits for girls
  • Grandmont Rosedale Development, Detroit - Transform vacant house into a family's home
  • Habitat for Humanity, Monroe - Install flooring and hang kitchen cabinets
  • Junior Achievement, Detroit - Assist students with financial literacy exercises
  • Matrix Human Services, Detroit - Pack baby shower baskets with infant necessities
  • Methodist Children's Home, Redford - Clean, paint and create a sensory wall
  • Northville Community Founation, Northville - Secure flooring in Maybury Farm barn
  • Penrickton Center, Taylor - Restore resonance boards and repaint murals
  • Ruth Ellis Center, Detroit - Paint residential facility
  • Salvation Army, Denby Center, Detroit - Refresh residential cottages
  • Starfish Family Services, Inkster - Participate in literacy activities with children
  • Vista Maria, Dearborn Heights - Paint interior common areas and living quarters for girls
  • World Medical Relief, Detroit - Assemble basic hygiene kits

Ford volunteers are active in the community throughout the year and around the world. Thousands of Ford employees gather on six continents during Ford Global Week of Caring in September to perform critical community service work in their home towns and villages. On Ford Accelerated Action Days, the Ford Volunteer Corps concentrates on high-priority projects.

"Ford employees are not only painting and building, but also mentoring young people and engaging children in educational activities," said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. "We also Go Further by collecting diapers and baby formula to help the youngest at-risk members of our community."

About Ford Motor Company (News - Alert) Fund and Community Services

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and retirees each year work on projects that better their communities in 30 countries. For more information, visit

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