Created in 2005 by then president and CEO Bill Ford, Ford Volunteer Corps was established in response to the need created by three natural disasters – a tsunami in Southeast Asia and two hurricanes that hit the U.S. Gulf Coast. Since then, Ford Volunteer Corps has expanded and unified Ford’s extensive global network of volunteer and community service activities.
Every year, tens of thousands of employees volunteer in more than 1,500 community service projects around the world. Ford volunteers bring skill, enthusiasm and teamwork to nonprofits, helping to get essential jobs done while the organizations focus on serving people in need.
“The Ford Volunteer Corps is on the front lines of our mission to strengthen communities. Since 2005, Ford employees have logged more than 1.7 million volunteer hours across six continents – building homes or gardens, renovating schools, feeding the hungry, installing clean water systems and more.”
Rene Palileo, manager, Ford Volunteer Corps
A signature program of the Ford Volunteer Corps is Global Caring Month – a concentrated 30-day focus on community service each September. In addition to volunteers planning and coordinating the projects themselves, Ford Fund provides grants to nonprofits to buy tools and supplies needed to complete many of the activities. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ford Volunteer Corps is pivoting to give employees two new ways to safely give back as part of Global Caring Month in 2020. Click here to learn more.
Another key initiative is Vibrant Volunteer Week in Europe. Every spring, hundreds of volunteers take part in a week of service activities in the communities where they live – from Spain and the United Kingdom, to Russia, Germany, Hungary and beyond.
To learn about additional ways Ford Fund supports employee volunteering, click here.