The Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation is no stranger to the volunteer culture of the Ford Motor Company. Ford’s Accelerated Action Days, a companywide employee volunteer program, has been supporting the Grandmont Rosedale community for years. Last year, Ford helped to install outfield fencing around the Rosedale Grandmont Little League Fields at Stoepel Park. This past week the Ford volunteers helped once again, this time to get a GRDC owned home construction ready.
The Ford volunteers assisted GRDC staff members with removing boards from windows, demolishing the existing kitchen, hanging blinds throughout the home, updating and changing light fixtures and interior painting. In addition to the sweat equity the Ford volunteers put in, they also came with a grant to purchase tools, paint, new cupboards and all new appliances for the home! Their hard work will allow the GRDC home renovation to be completed in mid-April.
The March Ford Accelerated Action Day, which brought more than 500 employee volunteers to southeast Michigan, was the first Action Day for 2014 – but three more are planned throughout the year. The theme of the next event is “A Better World” where Ford employees will concentrate their efforts on local environmental projects with a special focus on water; they will create rain gardens and build raised beds for gardens, build nature trails and hoop houses, plant native grasses, shrubs and cool weather crops, install rain barrels, stabilize stream banks and perform other tasks to improve the environment.
The Ford Accelerate Action Day was the first GRDC volunteer cleanup of the season, with many more to come. If you are interested in ways to get involved with GRDC outdoor volunteer activities such as boarding up homes, beautifying landscape beds, street clean-ups and more please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Mary Lyons at 313.387.4732 x106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.