Ford Is Helping Those in Need over the Holiday Season
Thanks to the Ford Fund and Ford Volunteer Corps, disadvantaged residents in Michigan won’t have to go without.
The holidays can be rough for those with little or no resources to help them get by. Do they spend their money on food, rent, clothing, or medication? Will they and their families have shelter for the night, or will they have to hope winter spares their lives by sunrise?
Ford is ready once again to lend aid to the disadvantaged, teaming up with nonprofits in Detroit and Southeast Michigan to help make the holiday season a little brighter.
“As we say thanks and count our blessings during the holiday season, Ford Fund is stepping up its efforts to feed the hungry as a critical first step toward making people’s lives better,” said Jim Vella, president of the Ford Motor Company Fund. “Serving people by meeting the most basic of human needs is key to the Ford Fund’s mission to build stronger communities and help all people reach their full potential.”
Through the Ford Fund, the Detroit Area Agency on Aging received $50,000 for its Holiday Meals on Wheels program, translating to over 6,000 hot meals for elderly residents in the Metro Detroit area. The fund also matched contributions to the Gleaners Community Food Bank’s Double Your Donation Day, as well as those made to the six participating nonprofits enrolled in the Ford Thirty Under 30 philanthropic leadership program.
Meanwhile, the Ford Volunteer Corps has teamed up with United Way for Southeast Michigan to collect and distribute food to families in need via 20 Ford Mobile Food Pantries. Three hundred members of the corps will also prepare and serve meals with the Salvation Army, while 370 will stock the pantries at Gleaners Community Food Bank. Finally, thousands of foster children in Michigan will receive Christmas presents in 2018 from Operation Good Cheer, a nonprofit founded by Ford employees in 1971.