Ford Motor Company has announced a new initiative that strengthens its commitment in community service.

Called the Bill Ford Better World Challenge, the global grant program that will award up to $500,000 to community service projects identified by company employees. Jointly funded by the company and Bill Ford, CEO of the Ford Motor Company, the program will work in tandem with Ford Volunteer Corps, the company's international network of 30,000 volunteers which has celebrated its 10th anniversary this year.

Launched by Bill Ford in 2005, The Ford Volunteer Corps was formed as relief aid to the Indian Ocean tsunami back in December 2004. Assisting in post-tsunami rebuilding efforts was among the Corps’ first work. For the Indian Ocean tsunami, employees from Ford Thailand took a 14-hour bus ride to spend a week at a time in tough conditions building houses for the locals to get their lives back.

The program now has 30,000 volunteers that are working on over 1,000 projects across six continents each year. Among the things the Ford Volunteer Corps does is medical-dental missions, feeding programs, delivering clean water and many more. To date, thousands of Ford volunteers have worked on 9,000 projects in more than 40 countries, contributing more than 1 million hours of community service.

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For the Philippines, Ford recently kicked off its annual Global Month of Caring under the One Better World Initiative, bringing Ford employee volunteers a chance to give back to the community.

For the whole month of September, employees, dealers and other Ford partners will work together and render more than 1,000 hours on volunteerism and community service. Ford Philippines will hold a medical and dental mission as well as house refurbishment and building in various Gawad Kalinga villages. Ford Philippines will also help in the construction and turn-over of several clean water facilities in Leyte as part of the company’s post-Haiyan community efforts.

“We continue to see strength in numbers as our Ford team- employees, dealers and our partners, come together to improve the quality of life in various communities. Through efforts in building clean water facilities, house refurbishment, and medical and dental missions, Ford continues its commitment to build a better world with its legacy of caring and giving back to the community,” said Josephine Gonzalez, assistant vice president for Government and Corporate Affairs.