Ford Motor Company has always stepped up to help in times of need. As Ford engineers and researchers are developing masks and ventilators to help combat COVID-19, at Ford Fund, we are working in concert with the company – taking immediate action at the local level and concentrating on the most critical issues facing communities throughout the country and around the world.

“At Ford Fund, we are looking at how we can help address some of the most basic needs that come out of a situation like this,” said Mary Culler, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Issues surrounding hunger relief, shelter and access to mobility are pressing needs in local communities – and that’s what we are currently working with our philanthropic partners to address right now.”

Below is a summary of the quick actions we’ve take to direct resources and support communities in need.

Providing new ways for employees to give back

We have received hundreds of notes from Ford employees asking how they can help during this critical time. Because traditional volunteering has become more difficult, we are providing other ways for employees to lend a hand.

COVID-19 Donation Match is a combined effort between Ford Fund and Bill Ford that will match $500,000 in donations to designated community organizations in more than 20 countries, raising a potential $1 million in total assistance. 

Ford Fund “Read and Record” is virtual volunteering project that will create an online library of Ford employees from around the world reading children’s books in their own language.

In Southeast Michigan

  • We are working with Gleaners Food Bank in Detroit to ensure that drive-up food delivery continues at our two Ford Resource and Engagement Centers.
    • Detroit East location: April food distribution schedule
    • Detroit Southwest location: Food distribution schedule through April
    • All other programming and services at both locations have been suspended until further notice. 
  • We have converted 20 employee shuttle vans into food delivery vehicles to help nonprofits serve needy families and seniors, as shuttles are not being used while employees work from home.
  • We also are working with Lincoln to use six Navigators from the Lincoln Personal Driver program as food delivery vehicles for local nonprofits.
  • We worked with food service contractor Aramark to deliver 4,000 take-out food containers to Pope Francis Center so they can provide to-go meals to homeless people.

Across the United States

  • We are redirecting approximately $1 million to support local organizations in cities across the U.S. in their efforts to provide hunger relief, shelter and assist with mobility needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few examples include:
    • In Arizona, Ford Fund and the Arizona Ford dealers are donating to emergency food banks, mobile medical clinics and other vital services.
    • In California, Ford Fund is working with local Boys & Girls Clubs to deliver food to homebound families as well as nutritious snacks and learning activity kits to help children who are home from school.
    • In Illinois, Ford Fund is working with the Chicago Food Depository on a local distribution plan.
    • In Florida, Ford Fund is providing assistance to teachers and educators keeping students engaged and is working with the Hispanic Federation to meet food and mobility issues.
    • And in Kansas City, Ford Fund is working with hunger relief agencies to provide immediate assistance to those in need.
  • In partnership with UNCF (United Negro College Fund), we have established a $100,000 emergency fund for students at historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) who may need financial assistance with travel costs to get home. Interested students should contact their HBCU to determine if funds are available.
  • Through our partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), we are redirecting funds to support Hispanic students during the pandemic, providing hunger relief, assisting with transportation needs and offering mental health coaching, mentoring and online educational support through 50 LULAC councils around the country.

Around the world

  • Earlier this year, we were involved in an effort in China to provide needed supplies during the initial breakout of the virus. The nongovernmental organization Non-Profit Incubator (NPI) received $150,000 / 1 million RMB in grant funds from GlobalGiving, Ford Fund's global partner, and Ford of China to purchase face masks and other protective gear.
  • Through our partnership with international nonprofit Enactus, we are redirecting funds to support up to 15 student-led projects focused on solving community issues related to COVID-19.

For more information about assistance being provided by Ford Motor Company, click here.

Ford Fund programming update
As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase globally, the health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers and community partners are always Ford’s highest priority. As a result, we have taken the following actions in accordance with Ford Motor Company and governmental coronavirus guidelines:

  • All Ford Fund meetings and events scheduled through the end of April 2020 have been postponed.
  • All Ford Volunteer Corps service projects are canceled until further notice. Ford Fund is exploring how employee volunteers may be able to assist nonprofits that are short-staffed.
  • Ford Resource and Engagement Centers around the globe are closed except for food distribution.

We will continue to evaluate and provide updates as new information becomes available.