Ford Motor Company Fund Pledges $1 Million to American Red Cross

       Ford Motor Company Fund Pledges $1 Million to American Red Cross

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 15, 2012

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord Motor Company Fund announces $1 million pledge over two years to
    American Red Cross for disaster relief and career training for veterans
    and family members
    
  oThrough this grant, 200 veterans, those soon to leave military service, or
    their family members will receive scholarships for free training for a
    career in health care
    
  oHealthcare Scholarships are available to military families in Detroit,
    Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Tenn. and Louisville, Ky.

Ford Motor Company Fund is pledging $1 million to the American Red Cross for
workplace development training for veterans, military members and their
families, as well as to disaster relief through the Red Cross Disaster
Responder program.

In this two-year commitment, Ford's longstanding support of the American Red
Cross is being expanded with 200 Blue Oval Scholarships for nurse assistant
training in the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces program. These
scholarships will enable veterans, or those soon to leave military service,
and their families to receive training for careers in the health field in five
cities: Detroit, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Nashville, Tenn. and Louisville,
Ky. All are cities in Ford's Operation Goodwill program.

The Red Cross nurse assistant training program equips trainees to achieve
state-level certification as nurse assistants and obtain sustainable and
competitive employment. The program provides job development and work
readiness resources as well as help for graduates to find employment.

"Ford's support allows us to extend our nurse assistant training program in
five areas of the country and helps us serve a larger number of service
members and their families," said Lynn Crabb, senior director of Policy and
Programs, Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces.

"Recent government data show unemployment among post-9/11 veterans is at 9.7
percent," said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund and Community
Services. "This expansion of our Red Cross partnership provides deserving
veterans and their family members the chance to build new careers in the
nursing field, which is a win-win-win for them, the Red Cross and our
communities."

This support builds on $50,000 in Ford grants in the past two years for the
southeastern Michigan region health care career training program and disaster
services programs.

As part of this partnership, Ford also is joining the Red Cross Disaster
Responder program and pledges donations on an ongoing basis in advance of
major disasters, which helps the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to
meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and
regardless of income.

In addition, Ford Motor Company is donating two Transit Connect vans to
support crisis response in Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners
to advance driving safety, education and community life. For more than 60
years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford
Motor Company (NYSE:F). The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life
program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive
methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that
enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university
grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, 25,000 Ford employees and dealers
work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 20
countries. For more information, visit www.community.ford.com.

About American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches
skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports
military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit
organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American
public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org
or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Della DiPietro, Ford/ACH, +1-313-720-8095 (cell), ddipietr@ford.com;
Allison Koenigbauer, American Red Cross, +1-248-302-2930 (cell),
Allison.Koenigbauer@redcross.org
 
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