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Nearly 700 Ford employees are participating in dozens of community environmental projects as part of a Ford Accelerated Action Day. Ford Motor Company Fund provided close to $55,000 in grants to nonprofits to purchase tools and materials for today’s volunteer projects. The Ford Volunteer Corps also supported the annual Ford employee e-waste recycling drive to safely dispose of potentially hazardous electronics

Ford volunteers are planting community gardens, improving wetlands, removing invasive plants and beautifying landscapes on a Ford Accelerated Action Day focused on environmental projects. Nearly 700 Ford employees are digging into 49 beneficial community service projects created by Ford’s nonprofit partners.

“Protecting our natural resources is a critical part of creating a better world,” said Janet Lawson, director, Ford Volunteer Corps. “We’re building and planting in sustainable ways and the e-waste recycling drive goes a step further to keep potentially hazardous electronics out of landfills.”

Twenty of the participating nonprofits will share almost $55,000 in Ford Fund grants to buy the rakes and shovels, wood, plants and other materials needed to complete the day’s work. Nonprofit partners in southeast Michigan receiving up to $5,000 in grants for today’s projects include:

Alternatives for Girls, Detroit - Garden and landscape renovation
Arbor Hospice, Saline - Create a native garden at new residential hospice facility
Center for Exceptional Families, Dearborn - Create a sensory garden
Community Housing Network, Livonia - Landscaping enhancements at two group homes
Community Living Centers, Farmington - Clean yard and landscape group home
Community Opportunity Center, Garden City - Paint client apartments
Detroit Zoological Society, Detroit - Create Nature Play Area at Belle Isle Nature Zoo
Gilda's Club, Royal Oak - Build a vertical garden
Gleaners Community Food Bank, Plymouth Township - Create a children's garden
Henry Ford Estate, Dearborn - Native plantings and river walk reconstruction
International Wildlife Refuge Alliance, Monroe - Lake Erie shoreline clean up at Ford Marsh
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor - Add boardwalk sections along Fleming Creek Trail
Metroparks Foundation, Brighton - Removal of invasive garlic mustard
Michigan Science Center, Detroit - Create a sustainable bioswale
Northville Community Foundation, Northville - Build an observation fence for Maybury farm visitors

Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Taylor - Build two wheelchair accessible picnic tables
Ruth Ellis Center, Detroit - Create native species garden and butterfly habitat
Southwest Solutions, Detroit - Create and enhance gardens at Escuela Avancemos Academy
Starfish Family Services, Inkster - Create grow & learn butterfly garden
University of Michigan Dearborn, Dearborn - Expansion of pollinator garden
Ford volunteers also joined once again with Ford Green IT to collect old computers, printers, phones and other electronic equipment for recycling. During last year’s collection, more than 75,000 pounds of e-waste was collected and disposed of safely.

The Ford Volunteer Corps is working to create a better world throughout the year and has grown into a global network enlisting more than 30,000 volunteers who work on 1,700 projects across six continents. In September, thousands of Ford employees will help improve the quality of life in their cities, towns and villages during Ford Global Caring Month.
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