Ford Fund and Phoenix-area Ford Dealers Partner with The Salvation Army on 8th Annual ‘Fill an F-150’ Water Drive
PHOENIX, June 16, 2020 – Ford Motor Company Fund and Metro Phoenix-area Ford dealers have teamed up with The Salvation Army to launch the 8th annual Fill an F-150 Water Drive, taking place June 19 through July 5, 2020.
All 13 Metro Phoenix-area Ford dealerships are collecting cases of water to support The Salvation Army and its Emergency Disaster Services program, which provides hydration, respite and safety information to those in need at heat relief stations in Metro Phoenix on days with excessive heat warnings. According to Maricopa County public health officials, there were a record 197 heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County in 2019.
“In the Valley, heat is our natural disaster, and the human toll can be more devastating than during disasters like hurricanes, tornados and floods,” said Maj. David Yardley, The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix Program Coordinator. “Many people need our help to survive the heat, so we are grateful for our long-standing partnership with Ford, especially this year, as the pandemic has made water donations harder to come by.”
Ford’s goal is to collect 100,000 bottles of water during the water drive in support of The Salvation Army. To date, the Ford Fill an F-150 water drive has collected more than 700,000 bottles of water for The Salvation Army. Ford will jumpstart the drive with a $10,000 grant in support of the water drive courtesy of the Ford Motor Company Fund and Ford’s Operation Better World Phoenix program – a collaborative, grassroots initiative that brings local Ford employees, dealers and nonprofits together in a coordinated effort to better serve the community and help make people’s lives better.
“This is our 8th annual water drive in partnership with The Salvation Army, which is very much in line with Ford’s mission to serve the communities where we do business and help those in need,” said Brad Jones, Phoenix Regional Manager for Ford Motor Company. “We hope our Ford customers – and those new to Ford – will stop by a dealership with their water donation to ‘do the most good’ for our community.”
Those interested in donating a case of water in support of the Fill an F-150 Water Drive may drop off water at San Tan Ford, 1429 Motorplex Loop, Gilbert, AZ 85296
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About Ford Motor Company Fund
As the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, Ford Fund’s mission is to strengthen communities and help make people’s lives better. Working with dealers and nonprofit partners in more than 60 countries, Ford Fund provides access to opportunities and resources that help people reach their full potential. Since 1949, Ford Fund has invested more than $2 billion in programs that support education, promote safe driving, enrich community life and encourage employee volunteering. For more information, visit www.fordfund.org or join us at @FordFund on Facebook and Twitter.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has been helping Arizonans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services for more than 125 years. By providing food for the hungry, clothing and shelter for the homeless, disaster and heat relief, senior activity and outreach, adult rehabilitation, and opportunities for underprivileged children, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at more than 50 centers of operation across the state. Approximately 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support its life-transforming social services. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities,” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately-funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit SalvationArmyPhoenix.org and follow us on Facebook@PhxSalArmy and Twitter @PhxSalArmy; #DoingtheMostGood