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Ford community involvement seattle washingtonMarking the 10th anniversary of the Ford Volunteers Corp, the Bill Ford Better World Challenge was launched last year. As an extension of this challenge, Ford Motor Company designated September Ford Global Caring Month, in which around 20,000 Ford  volunteers will conduct community service projects all around the world. These year’s projects include:

Since last year’s launch, members of the Ford Volunteer Corp have represented $29 million of in-kind community investments in 48 countries through more than one million hours of community service. This years’ projects included:
  • Renovations of a secondary school in Angola
  • Work on the grounds for a Salvation Army family retreat in Australia
  • Renovating a nursery, daycare and library in Columbia
  • Construction work at a high school and the development of urban gardens in Germany
  • Renovations to a senior citizens home in India
  • Building water storage, feeding the hungry and renovating an orphanage in Mexico
  • Renovating homes for children in South Africa
  • Rebuilding a water system in Thailand
  • Modernizing a mental health facility in the United Kingdom
  • 160 community activities across 16 states in the United States
  • Additional work in Cambodia, Malaysia, Guam and Samoa

Additionally, Ford Fund contributed grants totaling $700,000 for the supplies needed to complete each of the projects.

“The positive, powerful impact this work has on people and communities is remarkable,” says Janet Lawson, director of the Ford Volunteers Corps, according to the Ford Motor Company Media Center. “Each year a better world comes into sharper focus through the caring efforts of Ford employees and our nonprofit partners.”

Sound Ford believes in taking initiative to make the world a better place, right here in the Seattle area. We pride ourselves on community involvement as well -- upholding the standard of excellence that comes with being an industry leader.