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Mobility App: part of Ford's Global Caring Month initiative

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September 01, 2016

Ford Motor Company kicks off its Global Caring Month in September and Detroit Mercy plays a big part with a $200,000 grant from the Bill Ford Better World Challenge.

Announced last month, “Ford Global Challenge gives University of Detroit Mercy $200,000 to develop mobility app for volunteers,” will see faculty, students and alumni develop the mobility app.

The Bill Ford Better World Challenge awarded the grant for the Nonprofit Mobility App, a mobile software application that works like a ride-sharing app and can be used to connect Ford volunteers and nonprofits with drivers and vehicles that can move food, building materials and other supplies to where they can do the most good for people in the community.

The idea for the non-profit mobility app came from Ford employees Robert Collard, Cecil St. Pierre and Ashley Levi who envisioned a way Ford workers and others could assist non-profits by using the hauling power of their vehicles.

Detroit Mercy will create the app.  It will be used by organizations in the United Kingdom and southeast Michigan.

“The College of Engineering & Science has a long-standing special relationship with Ford,” says Gary Kuleck, dean of the College of Engineering & Science. “This grant award is an opportunity for our faculty and students to participate in an authentic design project that meshes nicely with the social mission of the College and the University.  It is a terrific opportunity to create an app with the potential for long-lasting societal benefits.”

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Mobility App

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