Ford Pitches in on Beautifying Wolverine Human Services Detroit Facility
Ford endeavors to improve its home turf through action, which is why it recently put two F-Series trucks to work in the task of improving a community playground for at-risk children in southeast Detroit.
An upfitted Ford F-550 Super Duty Chassis Cab and F-650 were used as dump trucks in August as part of an effort to beautify and landscape a playground, orchard, and greenhouse at Wolverine Human Services. The Detroit facility is the largest of four WHS centers throughout Michigan. WHS is the state’s leading child welfare agency, handling everything from foster care and adoption to services related to substance abuse and mental wellness.
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Ford’s assist was not strictly limited to the two trucks, however. It also supplied the mulch and materials used in the project. The mulch was distributed by around 40 volunteers representing Greening of Detroit and Caught Up. The former group works to help establish green spaces in the city of Detroit, and the latter provides mentorship for at-risk teen boys.
“Ford has made a commitment, as it has in Detroit, to make sure we have a safe playground for kids,” said Matt Wollack, vice president, strategic development, Wolverine Human Services.
“I’m really happy that we get to do this at a site that’s actually helping somebody else out,” said Kevin Koester, Ford medium-duty truck marketing manager. “Wolverine is a great resource and, for us, this is an opportunity not to just show the media what the trucks can do, but to do something productive with that time.”