Ford employees stepped away from their offices, cubicles and manufacturing plants, and stepped into a world of opportunities to help their local communities during the seventh annual Ford Global Week of Caring. An army of 10,000 Ford employees, retirees and dealers picked up paintbrushes and hammers, shovels, wheelbarrows and lumber to help create a better world on six continents.
“When I got the call back saying I got a house, I was overjoyed,” said Sheena Pinkard, mother, family partner and new home owner. “Words cannot express…it shows there are so many good people, kind-hearted people who take time out of their day so me and my family can have a place to call home. It’s overwhelming.”
“It’s wonderful to see the neighborhood coming up and seeing all the new housing,” said Andy Fradkin, supervisor, Ford IT. “They’re great houses. We do a lot of good work with a lot of different skills.”
“We love it when Ford volunteers come out,” said Steve Quinlan, director, Institutional Advancement, Advanced Technology Academy. “They’ve enabled us to do a lot that we couldn’t have done otherwise. Great workers.”
“It’s absolutely awesome to come out to local schools in the community and make a difference,” said Tamira Chapman, counsel, Ford Office of the General Council (OGC). “Ford is one of the largest companies in the world and this sort of thing is inherent in our makeup to actually get our hands dirty and become part of the solution.”
“Around the world, Ford employees have built a reputation of making a difference with strong hands and huge hearts,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We now have the momentum and resources to start taking the next steps toward realizing our global vision of year-round volunteer activities.”
Ford Global Week of Caring comes once a year, but Ford volunteers are out in the community week after week and month after month.
“It feels really good to know you’ve made a difference,” said Chapman.