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1780 Students

83,989 Volunteer Hours

133 Projects

39,825+ People Served

Building a sustainable world requires vision, talent and teamwork. To strengthen the process, Ford Community Corps mobilizes the energies of academic institutions, the nonprofit sector, and student volunteers with great ideas.

Through a network of colleges and universities, Ford Community Corps supports new initiatives for building sustainability and improving the quality of life of communities. In addition, the Ford Community Corps program recognizes scholastic achievement and encourages service to the community.

Ford Community Corps brings talented students together with nonprofit organizations seeking new solutions. Unlike traditional volunteer programs, Ford Community Corps matches each student's expertise with the skills required by a specific project. The program creates real value for both the student volunteers and the nonprofit organizations serving the community.

Students participating in the Ford Community Corps utilize skills they have developed on campus in a real-world environment. The scholars gain valuable insight in career options and are exposed to the significant roles and responsibilities of corporations in civic life. They also see firsthand the Ford Motor Company commitment to sustainable communities and how their own participation is making a difference in the community.

Ford Community Corps Schools

  • College for Creative Studies
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Madonna University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan—Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan—Dearborn
  • Wayne State University

College and University Partners Core Principles

Each Ford Community Corps college and university partner has the flexibility to customize the program to meet their specific needs. In some cases, schools are building on existing service-learning programs, while others are launching new initiatives. The only requirement is that a school's Ford Community Corps program meets a set of five core principles:

  • Matching Interest with Needs: Programs match student talent and knowledge with specific nonprofit needs.
  • Learning and Doing in the Community: Projects created and implemented in the real world, not just on campus.
  • Strategic Service: Projects implement timeline—they are not one-time volunteer events.
  • Linking Academics and Service: Many projects are linked to academic credit and scholarship awards or build on existing service-learning programs.
  • Leveraging Existing Connections: Ford Motor Company links Ford Community Corps programs with their existing nonprofit partners.