· Ford employees and Ford Motor Company Fund are contributing $50,000 to the American Red Cross and its local chapters for areas hit by Hurricane Sandy
· Ford Motor Company is an active partner in the 2012 Red Cross Disaster Responder Program
· American Red Cross and Ford have partnered for more than 30 years
Ford employees and Ford Motor Company Fund are donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross and its chapters to assist with disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
“Hurricane Sandy has had a devastating impact on many states,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We know that the need for assistance is great, and we are pleased to partner with American Red Cross to help provide relief.”
This donation is part of Ford’s involvement in the 2012 Red Cross Disaster Responder Program. Under this program, a select group of companies pledge donations on an ongoing basis in advance of major disasters, which helps the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters. Ford Motor Company has partnered with the American Red Cross for more than 30 years.
“The impact of Hurricane Sandy is widespread and the road to recovery will be long for many families in its path," said Roger Lowe, senior vice president of Communications for the American Red Cross. "We appreciate Ford Motor Company for its partnership with the Red Cross that helps us to respond immediately to the most critical needs.”
In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross will work with emergency officials and other partners to help individuals and families get the help they need. Red Cross disaster relief workers already are operating shelters and feeding operations and organizing distribution of clean-up and other supplies. Damage assessment teams are helping determine the full scope of the damage and Red Cross health services and mental health workers are helping people cope with what they’ve seen and experienced.
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 20 countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at //blog.redcross.org.