“The purpose of the Ford Motor Company Fund will be the alleviation of want and human suffering, and the betterment and improvement of mankind. ” These immortal words, spoken by Henry Ford II, are as true of the Ford Motor Co. today as they were in 1945, when he became president of the corporation.
Today, William Clay “Bill” Ford, Jr., great-grandson of Henry Ford, is Executive Chairman for the family business. And in so many ways, he is living up to his great-grandpa’s legacy of community involvement. In 2005, he formed the Ford Volunteer Corps, with the intention of helping “alleviate” the impact of the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia, and to provide assistance after the Gulf Coast was struck by two major hurricanes. With the help of more than 18,000 volunteers, the Corps was able to generate 100,000 hours of service in 2008 alone.
Together, this fund has supported Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation, and Feeding America, as well as a myriad of other causes.
Ford also supports an organization of which I am a very proud member, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, through it’s NAHJ Ford Motor Company Fund Scholarships for Latino students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.
I hate to cut it short, but in nine minutes, I will be watching the premiere of “López Tonight,” starring actor and comedian George López on TBS at 11: p.m. (Please check out “Day 64” for more about George!)
And here’s the Telemundo “Triunfadores” video once again, for those who missed it!
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