September marks the 12th annual Ford Global Caring Month and thousands of Ford employees around the world – collectively known as the ‘Ford Volunteer Corps’ – will be venturing out into their communities to make people’s lives better.
On Saturday, September 30th, over 25 Ford volunteers from Triple J Ford, together with Guam Memorial Hospital Volunteers Association, kicked off the association’s Patient Care Program, which is a program open to volunteers in the community and is intended to compliment and enhance the quality of care and quality of life for the Guam Memorial Hospital patients. Volunteer responsibilities included support of GMH nursing departments; Adult Acute Care Units, Specialty Care Units, Maternal Child Health and Long Term Care Unit. Additionally, volunteers provided exterior labour services that included cleaning the exterior area of the Emergency Entrance and surrounding area, such as water blasting, raking, sweeping and picking up trash. It is GMHVA’s hope that through the launch of this program, it will provide awareness and more local businesses will participate and volunteer their time.
“We are proud to be part of Ford Global Caring Month, and are truly inspired by all the work that Ford employees, dealers and local partners are doing across the globe,” said Jay Jones, Senior Vice President of Triple J Enterprises, Inc. “Together, we are making a positive difference to the neighbourhoods and communities where we live and work.”
In addition to these volunteer activities, Triple J Ford donated $3,000 to the association to support them in their efforts to supply the Guam Memorial Hospital with much needed medical equipment. The funds donated will specifically be used for purchase of much needed wheelchairs for patients.
During September, more than 30,000 Ford volunteers will tackle more than 600 projects with thousands of volunteers on six continents. Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, will also contribute $600,000 in grants to purchase tools and supplies for many of the volunteer projects.
In Asia Pacific, thousands of Ford volunteers will participate in various projects in China, India, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and countries comprising Ford’s Emerging Markets business unit.
Ford Global Caring Month is the signature annual event of the Ford Volunteer Corps. Since its launch in 2005, Ford Volunteer Corps members have contributed more than one million hours of community service in 50 countries, representing more than $30 million of in-kind community investments.