Ford Motor Company Launches New Program to Support Detroit Neighborhoods with $10 Million Investment

Ford Motor Company Launches New Program to Support Detroit Neighborhoods with
                            $10 Million Investment

PR Newswire

DETROIT, Dec. 18, 2012

DETROIT, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord Motor Company Fund announces $10 million program in Detroit,
    including a community center, new youth recreation and summer camp,
    support for education and summer job programs
  oThe new Ford Resource and Engagement Center in southwest Detroit will
    offer community gathering space with a Gleaners client choice food service
    center, cultural and job training opportunities, and other community
  oNew program builds on major ongoing investments by Ford Fund in nonprofits
    and community initiatives throughout southeast Michigan

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) and its community relations arm, Ford Motor
Company Fund (Ford Fund), today announced the launch of a major program in
Detroit to strengthen neighborhoods and provide support for education, summer
jobs programs and other community needs.

The $10 million program, called Operation Brighter Future – Detroit, augments
Ford Fund's ongoing community partnerships, as well as support for southeast
Michigan nonprofits for community development, cultural and many other
programs. The support has totaled approximately $60 million during the past
five years.

The centerpiece of the program is the new Ford Resource and Engagement Center.
It will be opened at the Mexicantown Mercado building in southwest Detroit.
Under the arrangement, the building – which has been unused in recent years –
will offer cultural and job training programs and other community services,
including a Gleaners client choice food service center. Ford Fund will provide
funding to local nonprofits to implement these programs and also provide the
resources to operate the facility for at least four years.

"The Mexicantown Community Development Corporation (MCDC) board of directors
is proud to partner with Ford Motor Company Fund and the city of Detroit to
provide comprehensive programming at the Mexicantown Mercado that aligns with
its original purpose as a community resource," said Hector Hernandez, chairman
emeritus of the MCDC board. "Ford, the city and MCDC are all committed to
providing the highest-quality services to the southwest Detroit community
within the Mercado, and we envision exciting cultural programming on the
soon-to-be enhanced plaza space, complete with a new water fountain feature to
extend this extraordinary exterior community plaza."

Ford also is announcing it will "adopt" the Patton Recreation Center in
southwest Detroit. Presently designated as a senior center, Ford will provide
funding to add a wide variety of youth programming at the center, including
arts, gymnastics, lacrosse, karate and swimming.

In addition, Ford will provide funding for the Brighter Future Summer Camp at
Patton Recreation Center. The camp will offer 80 to 90 youth a meaningful and
fun youth summer camp experience. Ford Fund also will provide a limited number
of scholarships for youth to attend Camp Brighter Future.

"The Operation Brighter Future – Detroit initiative supports Ford's work to
build a better world," said Mark Fields, chief operating officer, Ford Motor
Company. "We are excited to contribute this $10 million investment toward
services and support that will empower families and strengthen the

Other initiatives in Operation Brighter Future – Detroit include:

  oDonation to the Public Safety Foundation of two F-Series chassis, which
    will be turned into new ambulances for the city of Detroit
  oSupport for Greening of Detroit and its projects to turn abandoned sites
    into parks
  oFunding for the Detroit Summer Youth Employment program that provides
    training and work experience for youth ages 14 to 21

"This is very exciting news for the city and our residents," said Detroit
Mayor Dave Bing. "I am extremely grateful for Ford Motor Company Fund's
commitment to make such a generous investment in our neighborhoods. The Fund's
emphasis on jobs, recreation centers, youth and educational opportunities is
in line with my administration's plans to improve the quality of life for all
of our citizens. We need partners like Ford Motor Company Fund to help us
transform Detroit."

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. 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

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Contact: Della DiPietro, Ford Fund Communications, +1-313-720-8095,
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