Monday, June 9, 2014

Ford Volunteers Care for Environment on Ford Accelerated Action Day

Ford Volunteers Care for Environment on Ford Accelerated Action Day
WESTLAND, Mich - In case you missed it, last Thursday, June 5th, was World Environment Day! It also happened to be the day that Ford Volunteer Corps headed out to various locations around southeast Michigan working on community environment projects. Ford Volunteers Cared for the Environment on Ford Accelerated Action Day by planting urban vegetable gardens, installing watering systems, constructing storage sheds and landscaping the grounds of nonprofit organizations. The Ford Volunteer Corps contribute their time and efforts to several local communities throughout the year and around the world. In fact, during the month of September, thousands of Ford employees gather on six continents during Ford Global Week of Caring and participate in community service work in their cities, towns and villages.

Roughly 500 Ford employees participate in over three dozen community service projects that have been developed by Ford's nonprofit partners. Agencies shared $46,000 in Ford grants to purchase tools, plants and other supplies needed to complete the projects. The nonprofit partners throughout southeast Michigan that received up to $5,000 in grants for the day's projects were:

  • Alternatives for Girls, Detroit – Built garden shed, painted and decorated child care room
  • Arbor Hospice, Ann Arbor – Created self-watering planting areas and prepared gardens
  • Boy Scouts of America, Metamora – Rebuilt yurts and dwelling structure for rustic camping
  • Community Living Centers, Farmington – Painted office
  • Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, Highland Park – Installed drip irrigation system and planted urban garden
  • Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak – Transformed Great Apes habitat entrance into story circle
  • Habitat Macomb, Mt. Clemens – Constructed sheds, picnic table and paint restore
  • Habitat Monroe, Monroe – Landscaped three new homes
  • Haven, Pontiac – Removed carpet and prepared for new carpet installation
  • Henry Ford Estate, Dearborn – Planted native trees and installed garden benches
  • International Wildlife Refuge, Grosse Ile – Built accessible overlook deck
  • Liberty Hill Housing Corp., Detroit and Westland – Landscaped and cleaned up yards
  • Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Taylor – Rehab privacy fence and play equipment
  • Starfish Family Services, Inkster – Host year end celebration for students and families
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Detroit – Installed bookcases and slat walls at thrift store
  • Vista Maria, Dearborn Heights – Planted trees and landscaped campus

Ford Volunteers Cared for the Environment on Ford Accelerated Action Day not only by painting, planting and rebuilding, but also by teaming up with Ford Green IT to collect unused computers, printers and other electronic equipment to be recycled. After last years collection of e-waste, more than 63,000 pounds were able to be recycled and kept out of landfills! 

We are always looking for opportunities to get involved in our community at North Brothers Ford! From our "Drive 4UR Community" events to ensuring our customers are given the best deal possible on their new Ford vehicle, we are here for our customers! We call that the North Brothers Difference. North Brothers Ford, located at 33300 Ford Rd Westland, MI 48185, is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in Southeast Michigan committed to exceptional customer service! Stop by or give us a call at (888) 806-7163, our knowledgeable sales team will be happy to help!

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