This week, the Ford Volunteer Corps – Ford Motor Company’s community service brigade – celebrated its ten year anniversary, encompassing some 11,000 projects and 1 million-plus hours.
The Ford Volunteer Corps was formed by Bill Ford in 2005, in the wake of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami and two hurricanes in the US that took place that year. The group has done community service projects in some 48 countries worldwide, although its primary focus tends to be Ford Motor Company’s home city of Detroit, Michigan.
The Ford Volunteer Corps has completed more than 8,000 community service projects in Detroit over the last 10 years, with more than $200 million invested by the Ford Motor Company Fund in Southeast Michigan. Those investments have covered things like education through Blue Oval scholar programs, Driving Skills for Life safety courses, and local traditions, like helping sponsor the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
To commemorate the ten year anniversary of the Ford Volunteer Corps, the iconic “Spirit of Detroit” statue has been clad in a blue tee-shirt just like those worn by Ford Volunteer Corps members, which will remain through November 30th.