Ford Issues New Mobility Challenge to Unlock Innovation, Boost Community Response to Natural Disasters

  • Ford Motor Company launches Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge to
    inspire creative new ideas for making the best use of Ford Disaster
    Relief Vehicles
  • The winning entries will be awarded grants of up to $70,000 each to
    purchase a Ford Transit van with modifications to best serve the needs
    of the community
  • The Ford Disaster Relief Mobility Challenge is another way Ford is
    using innovative mobility solutions to build stronger communities and
    make people’s lives better

DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–When disaster strikes, three nonprofits in the United States will be
able to beef up their response capability to help people faster and more
effectively through a new program called the Ford Disaster Relief
Mobility Challenge.

In conjunction with September’s National Disaster Preparedness Month,
Ford Motor Company will award three grants of up to $70,000 each for
U.S.-based nonprofit organizations to purchase and modify a Ford Transit
van for use in disaster relief work.

Ford is asking nonprofits to describe how the versatile Ford Transit
van, which is offered with multiple roof heights, body lengths,
wheelbases and engine options, can serve their disaster response needs.
Winners who meet the challenge will be selected based on proposed
vehicle use and community need. Additional ground rules include:

  • Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2016
  • Applicants must be a certified U.S. 501(c) 3 non-profit organization
  • Government organizations and municipalities are not eligible
  • Winners will be notified in November 2016

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Jim Vella discuss the challenge.

“We’re asking for help from the experts on the ground on how to best
utilize Ford vehicles following an earthquake, hurricane or other
devastating natural event,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor
Company Fund. “Ford’s strength as a mobility company combined with the
know-how of dedicated disaster responders can take our efforts to a
higher level and help more people.”

Ford has a long history of supporting disaster relief efforts in the
United States and overseas, working with the American Red Cross, the
Salvation Army and other nonprofit groups. As a member of the Red Cross
Annual Disaster Giving Program, Ford pledges support in advance of major
disasters, ensuring that the Red Cross is prepared to respond
immediately to emergencies. Over the past several years, Ford has
provided 15 disaster response vehicles to organizations in communities
across the U.S., from New Jersey to Oregon and California.

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services

Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community
and global partners to advance driving safety, education and community
life. Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 65 years with
ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. Ford Driving Skills for Life is
free, interactive, hands-on safety training focused on skill development
and driving techniques, while addressing inexperience, distractions and
impaired driving.
Innovation in education is encouraged through
Ford Blue Oval Scholars, Ford Driving Dreams, Ford Next Generation
Learning and other innovative programs that enhance high school learning
and provide college scholarships and university grants. The Ford
Volunteer Corps enlists more than 30,000 Ford employees and retirees
each year to work on local projects that strengthen their communities
and improve people’s lives in more than 40 countries around the world.
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Sara Tatchio
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Eric Mitchell