The Ford Motor Company Fund has announced a commitment of $1.2 million to expand Hurricane Maria relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
Organized as a multiyear program, the Ford-led Centro de Movilidad Social will connect children and families on the island with a range of services — from basic needs such as food, water, clothing, and transportation to longer-term recovery assistance, educational grants, and job skills development. The company also will donate three immediate-response vehicles — two cargo vans and an F-150 pickup truck — to assist the Salvation Army and Red Cross Puerto Rico in delivering food, water, clothing, shoes, medical assistance, and educational resources to people in need and will donate ten thousand new books for students, as well as water filters and instructions on how to sterilize water for use at home.
"This effort is at the heart of Ford Fund’s mission to provide opportunities and access for people in need," said Ford Motor Company Fund president Jim Vella. "Centro de Movilidad Social allows us to expand our ongoing efforts to help rebuild the lives of thousands of Puerto Ricans following Hurricane Maria."