Ford Provides Up to $100,000 to Help Tornado Victims
- Ford Motor Company Fund is directly contributing $75,000 to the American Red Cross and its local chapters in tornado-impacted areas and the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville
- Matching donations by Ford employees, including plant gate donation collections at Kentucky Truck, Louisville Assembly and Sharonville Transmission Plants, are expected to total up to $100,000
- Ford contributions in the greater Louisville area are expected to total more than $1.5 million during 2011-12
DEARBORN, Mich., March 8, 2012 – In the wake of recent tornadoes, Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $75,000 to the American Red Cross and its chapters, as well as the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville to assist with disaster relief primarily in southern Indiana, and northern and eastern Kentucky. With matching employee donations, total contributions are expected to reach $100,000.
Some of the funds also will support relief efforts in other areas impacted by the tornadoes, including southern Ohio where Sharonville Plant employees are volunteering their time to assist with rebuilding efforts.
“Our hearts go out to our neighbors in the wake of these destructive tornadoes,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We are ready to help those impacted by this tragedy.”
The American Red Cross and Ford have been active partners for more than 30 years. Ford’s support of the Dare to Care Food Bank includes the recent donation of a refrigerated F-550 truck through its Partnership for Hunger Relief with Newman’s Own and Feeding America.
Ford Motor Company, through its two Louisville manufacturing operations and through the Operation Goodwill partnership between Ford Motor Company Fund and area Ford and Lincoln dealerships is expected to contribute more than $1.5 million to organizations in the greater Louisville area during 2011 and 2012. The goal is to address local needs, especially in the areas of education, driving safety and community life.
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About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated 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 national 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 dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.