Nine nonprofit organizations were the recipients of $40,000 in grants available through Ford Motor Company’s Conservation and Environment Grants Program, to keep their environmental preservation projects going.
Over the past 14 years, the automaker has bestowed more than $500,000 through the program to support educational programs. The projects chosen for the 14th round of awards covers a range of activities related to environmental conservation areas, such as planting corals in Culebra, strengthening agricultural education in schools, and creating community gardens.
This year’s winners were: Francisco Castro, for the “Hablemos de Agricultura” project; Iris Rivera-Camacho, for the “Zona de Vida” program; Fundación Tesoros de Amor, for the “Recursos de Vida y Reverdecer” project: Rosa Lydia Vélez, for the “Siembra Conmigo, Centro Transicional de Servicios” project; Betzaida Ortiz-Carrión, for the “Huerto Comunitario para la recuperación de la Ciénaga Las Cucharillas” project; Sociedad Ambiente Marino, for the “Programa Comunitario de Acuacultura de Corales y Rehabilitación de Arrecifes;” Montessori Middle School in Río Grande for the “Sembrando Vida Verde en el Este” project; CROEM, Mayagüez for the “Educación Agrícola” project; and, Yaritza Montijo, for the “Urban Farmers Punto Com” project.
“We’re proud to highlight the work of the leaders who work every day for the environment, educating citizens and conserving our island,” said Lorraine Urdaz, communications and public affairs manager for Ford in the Caribbean and Central America.
“Preserving the environment is everyone’s responsibility. It is a matter of contributing to a better quality of life and contributing to a society with a better future,” she said.
As in previous years, the program had the support of public and private organizations dedicated to environmental protection, who were in charge of choosing the winning projects. During the call, Ford received about 55 applications for local projects.