As the company's philanthropic arm, Ford Fund helped lead an effort to donate 120 million medical-grade masks to at-risk communities with limited access to personal protective equipment.
Working with our nationwide network of nonprofit partners, we provided adult and child-sized masks to community organizations, Ford dealers, state and local officials, schools and first responders in all 50 states.
In late March, the last of the 120 million masks arrived at their destinations. Highlights of the effort include:
Schools, colleges and universities: More than 27 million masks went to nearly 450 elementary and secondary schools, school districts, colleges and universities throughout the country
State and local governments: More than 40 million masks went to state and local officials and government organizations in communities around the country. As part of this effort, Ford produced and donated custom-made masks to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which were handed out as part of COVID-19 safety protocols for attendees of the 59th presidential inaugural ceremonies Jan. 20. Ford also donated 4 million masks to more than 400 organizations in all 50 states and Puerto Rico to support the National Day of Service on Jan. 20
First responders and law enforcement: We leveraged relationships it has with first responders through our Ford Driving Skills for Life program—including the National Sheriff's Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police—to offer masks to local precincts. Through this outreach, more than 5.5 million masks were requested and sent to police, fire or sheriff's departments around the country
Ford dealers: We supplied Ford dealers nationwide with masks to donate to their local philanthropic partners or directly to residents in their communities on specially designated mask distribution days. In total, 11 million masks were distributed through nearly 700 Ford dealers in more than 550 cities across the U.S.
Nonprofits and community organizations: We also provided masks to food banks nationwide, along with hundreds of nonprofit organizations that serve youth, veterans and multicultural populations. In total, more than 36.5 million masks were donated to community organizations,
The mask donations are part of Ford's efforts to encourage Americans to #FinishStrong—to pull together and help protect each other to help save lives as the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available.
To learn more about Ford and Ford Fund's efforts to #FinishStrong, including a vaccine awareness PSA for multicultural communities, click here
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., March 19, 2021 – Ford UAW employees at Ford Van Dyke Transmission Plant sign and ship boxes containing the last of the 120 million medical-grade face masks Ford committed to donating to communities with limited access to personal protective equipment. Since last August, the company’s philanthropic arm, Ford Fund, has provided adult and child-sized masks to community organizations, Ford dealers, state and local officials, schools and first responders in all 50 states as part of Ford’s ongoing efforts to encourage Americans to #FinishStrong in the battle against COVID-19. PHOTO BY: Charlotte Smith, Ford Motor Company