Ford Motor Company Fund announced two new and unique opportunities for Ford employees around the world who are eager to give back while honoring stay-at-home recommendations.
The COVID-19 Donation Match program is a combined effort between Ford Fund and Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford that will match $500,000 in donations to designated community organizations in more than 20 countries around the world in the fight against COVID-19, raising a potential $1 million for groups battling the pandemic across the globe.
In the Philippines, Ford is aiming to raise $25,000 to support Gawad Kalinga for its relief and rehabilitation operation “Walang Iwanan, Walang Hawaan” program directed towards vulnerable communities economically affected by the enhanced community quarantine. The proceeds of the donation will be allocated for relief efforts, particularly the provision of food packs to 1,200 vulnerable and less-privileged families in Gawad Kalinga communities in Visayas.
The donation will also help fund the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), tools and supplies such as alcohol, sanitizers, and thermal scanners needed by volunteers who will facilitate the relief efforts on-ground to ensure their own safety and protection.
Employees, dealer partners, and employees, partners, as well as the general public can donate by visiting the Global Giving website – Gawad Kalinga COVID-19 response (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/gawad-kalinga-covid-19-response/) and clicking “Donate Now”. GlobalGiving will add new projects and additional details over the coming weeks, so employees are encouraged to check back often for updates.
“While the nationwide enhanced community quarantine is necessary to contain the spread of the virus by forcing people to stay at home for an extended period, it instantly deprived daily wage earners, informal sectors and subsistence rural families of income, so we’re stepping up our efforts at Ford to lend a helping hand by mobilizing our employees to participate in this worthwhile donation initiative,” said Josephine Gonzalez, AVP for government and corporate affairs, Ford Philippines.