Caring Employees Join Nonprofit Partners in Community Service
“We depend on volunteers to do what we do,” said Brother Jerry Smith, executive director, Capuchin Soup Kitchen. “Ford has been very supportive over the years beginning at the very top of the organization all the way down to individual employees. We’re very grateful.”
“It isn’t easy seeing so many of our neighbors hungry or down on their luck,” said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. “But Ford and its employees care, and it is gratifying to see our volunteers pitching in and comforting so many. It makes all of us truly thankful and appreciative for what we have.”
Ford volunteers participated in more than three dozen projects on this Accelerated Action Day, and also sponsored a Winter Coat and Jacket Drive in southeast Michigan to help keep children and families warm during the winter months.
“It’s an awesome experience,” said Joyce Jarzombek, Ford designer. “You leave with the great feeling that you’ve helped people and you want to do more.”
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Dianne Malesko, Ford electrical engineer. “You get to meet the people that are in need, and have a relationship with them and realize they have the all same hopes and aspirations you have, and then hard times hit.”
“It’s very often the volunteers who are changed,” said Brother Jerry. “They often come thinking they are going to give something and they do, but they also receive something. Sometimes it’s a whole different way of looking at life. It opens our eyes to the world.”