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Ford Motor Company Celebrates Bay Area “Unsung Heroes”





As part of its ongoing commitment to support local communities, Ford Motor Company is kicking off the Ford Freedom Unsung program in the Bay Area to honor the achievements of everyday people and organizations performing extraordinary work in the African American community.


Ford Freedom Unsung salutes and honors “Unsung Heroes” in the following award categories: Community, Education, Military, Youth, and Community Organization.


“Unsung heroes surround us every day and look for nothing in return,” said Pamela Alexander, Director of Community Development, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Ford is proud to honor the contributions of others who go above and beyond to positively impact communities, but are often not recognized for what they do.”


Bay Area residents are invited to nominate their favorite living “Unsung Hero” who resides in the area.


Submit the name, address, and telephone number of both your nominee and yourself as the nominator. Indicate which category for which you are submitting a nomination. Write a brief (500 words or less) compelling summary describing what distinguishes your nominee as an individual and/or organization, including information that highlights how the nominee’s actions benefits the lives of others.


The Ford Freedom Unsung – Bay Area edition will recognize the winners at a private reception on Dec. 8 at The Rotunda Building in Oakland.


Nominations are due by Monday, Nov. 23. Mail nominations to Ford Motor Company World Headquarters, Attention: Angela Polk, One American Road, Suite 212, Dearborn, MI 48126, or email


Ford Freedom Unsung was made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.


The Bay Area is one of 26 markets in the U.S. and Puerto Rico where Ford and its dealers have expanded their commitment to meeting community needs by collaborating on programs and nonprofit outreach. The initiative, known as Operation Better World, was launched in 2008.


Over the past year, Ford Motor Company and its local dealers have committed to invest more than $1 million in northern California with a focus on education, teen driving safety and hunger relief.


Ford Motor Company supports programs that make a positive difference in the communities where the company does business.


Other initiatives that have taken place in the Bay Area include: Grammy Signature Schools, which this year recognized San Francisco’s Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School with its Enterprise Award; a partnership with Boys and Girls Club chapters to reach as many as 6,000 middle schools students in Northern California as a means to help improve graduation rates; a donation of a Transit van to the American Red Cross to help with emergency response activities.


Ford is also helping the region’s young people prepare and respond to wildfires, earthquakes and other disaster through its support of Red Cross clubs and Youth Leadership Councils.


Earlier this month, Ford Fund kicked off the Ford Driving Dreams Tour at Yerba Buena High School in the San Jose area. This program is slated to impact 5,000 northern California students to motivate them to graduate high school on time and pursue higher education.


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