FORD AUSTRALIA IN GEELONG
Ford has a long tradition of supporting community life in Geelong and is recognized as a major contributor to Geelong's economy. As an employer of over 2,000 members of the community, Ford Geelong through the Community Affairs Committee has a responsibility to the community and an opportunity to further build on the reputation of the organization.
To be a representative and a voice for past & present employees at Ford Geelong in establishing partnerships within the Geelong Region with community groups, educational institutions and other organizations where appropriate, to support the sustainability of the community.
Establish criteria and application procedures for community groups who seek to develop partnerships with the Ford Australia.
Establish an effective two-way communication process with past and present Ford Geelong employees and their families to;
- Ensure employee understanding of the role of the committee
- Provide project awareness and participation opportunities
- Seek an understanding of the needs and interests of our own employees within the community.
In addition to the establishment of effective partnerships through application, proactively seek project opportunities and partnerships within the community that build Ford Australia's reputation, especially where they support Ford employees.
An example of community activities supported by the Committee are:
Hand Brake Turn
Ford Australia has been a long term supporter of the Hand Brake Turn Program in Furner Avenue, North Geelong. The program supports long term unemployed youths in an automotive training program of 8 weeks including basic mechanics, spray painting, panel beating, detailing, work experience and job search. Ford supports this program by providing an award for program participants at each course throughout the year.
Ford Kids Day Out
The annual Ford Kids’ Day Out at Adventure Park in Wallington brings Christmas to 370 disabled children aged five to 18 from Nelson Park, Barwon Valley and Colac Specialist schools.
The event has been supported by the Ford Geelong Community Affairs Community since 2001.
Ford employees volunteer their time to ensure a great day out for the kids. Most volunteers dressed up as storybook characters to ensure that the children all have a magical and wonderful day! Ford volunteers interact with the children throughout the day and supervise various fun-filled activities including clowns & a baby animal farm for children who are either too young or severely disabled and therefore can't go on the Adventure Park rides.
The Geelong Community Affairs Committee, along with many Geelong site employees, fundraise throughout the year to ensure that children from these three community schools can continue to enjoy Ford Kids Day Out at the Adventure Park.
The Kiwanis Service Club has also supported the event since inception with their volunteers providing and cooking sausages for the children’s lunch.