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DEARBORN, Mich., June 5, 2018 – The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is underway and Ford Motor Company Fund wants to provide disaster relief teams with the best equipped and most capable vehicles when people need help.
Natural disasters can hit with a devastating punch, presenting first responders with unique and dangerous situations. Beginning today, Ford Motor Company Fund is accepting applications for the second Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge, an opportunity for nonprofit partners to tap into their expertise and creativity to customize a Ford Transit to fit a particular need in their community.
The Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge works like this:
“When natural disaster strikes, it is critical to move the right people, the right materials and the right vehicles to impacted areas to help people as quickly as possible,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Nowhere is our mission to strengthen communities more urgent than in recovery efforts during the hours, days and weeks following a natural disaster.”
To view a video about this year’s challenge click here.
The first Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge in 2016 produced many great ideas. The winning agencies – Catholic Charities, Team Rubicon and ToolBank – each received their vehicles last summer and put them to use supporting relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
Working together with our partners, Ford, its employees and dealers have a long history of responding to natural disasters with vehicles, volunteers and financial assistance. Since the wave of hurricanes and other disasters began late last summer, we have donated more than 40 disaster response vehicles to deliver food, water and medical supplies, contributed nearly $5 million to assist recovery efforts and mobilized thousands of volunteers.
Ford continues to innovate and advance its efforts to support people impacted by natural disasters. When Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Ford responded with pop-up resource hubs modeled after our Ford Resource and Engagement Centers. Vehicles were also provided as mobile resource centers to deliver services and supplies as part of Ford’s long-term commitment to the island’s recovery.
“We want to give first responders on the ground every advantage we can as they carry out their life-saving work under extreme and unpredictable conditions,” said Kyle Green, coordinator, Ford Fund. “Ultimately, we want to be there with tools and necessities to help communities get up and running again, and get people back on their feet.”
The Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge supports the vision of Ford Motor Company to become the world’s most trusted mobility company.