Local United Way receives $500,000 donation
Ford’s Windsor operations, Unifor Locals 200 and 240, Leadec Industrial Services and Penske Logistics have made a $500,907 donation to United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County as part of its annual fundraising efforts in support of local children and youth.
“We know that United Way will once again do many great things within our community with our donation,” said Brad Randall, Ford Windsor Quality Manager and Ford-United Way campaign lead.
“I want to thank everyone involved with this year’s campaign. We had a number of new canvassers that came on board. We also had new co-captains this year — and they all stepped in, stepped up and did a fantastic job.”
Monies were raised through employee donations, 50/50 draws, a new Ford merchandise store within Essex Engine Plant, special events and corporate giving. The donation will help support the community-backed Cradle to Career strategy, which aims at eliminating childhood poverty in the region by helping individuals from birth until finding a career.
“I want to extend our gratitude to everyone on the Ford-United Way committee for this extraordinary example of what true teamwork and commitment looks like,” said United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County CEO Lorraine Goddard, CEO of United Way. “You’re doing it right.”
The Ford Windsor site has contributed more than $53 million to the United Way over its history.
“Our partnership with United Way is something that we take very seriously and take a great amount of pride in,” says Ford Engine Plant chair Chad Lawton.
“I can’t say enough about what the employees did this year. It’s outstanding.”