Saturday, March 11, 2017

Drive 4 UR School at Gresham Ford Today

Today Gresham Ford hosted another Drive 4 UR School event that donates $20 for each test drive to area schools.

Even with the rain and chilly weather we are happy to say that we had a slow but steady turn out to support our local area schools.

The event started at 10 am with parents and students helping to set up tables and light refreshments to keep the volunteers going.

Gresham Ford staff members from Service, Parts and the Quick Lane joined in to help provide test drive chaperons and help filling out the short survey form that follows each test drive.  Students worked hard calling aunts, uncles, grandmas and even neighbors to come test drive a new Ford.  We lined up a number a new Ford vehicles with keys and chaperons ready in an attempt to keep everyone dry as possible with the rain.

This truly is a no pressure test drive event to help support Gresham area schools.  Many have found it a great opportunity to drive a vehicle they have been curious about and to see what it really feels like.
Gresham Ford is located on the corner of 3rd Street and East Powell Blvd in Gresham.  In an effort to provide premium parking for our test drive participants our staff worked late Friday night to clear space in the East parking area for participants.  Many staffers from the Parts and Service departments donated their time to assist with test drive and help the event progress smoothly.

Bess Wills, General Manager, was approached back in 2004 by a group of employees that wanted to pool their monies to help the same community projects that the dealership supported.  From this conversation the Contribute to the Community Program was born.    Every employee donated a portion of each check to the fund that helps to support community needs and events.  Many Gresham Ford staff members are regularly involved in non-profits and community support programs.

To find out how your school or non-profit can gain the support of Gresham Ford and the Contribute to the Community Program contact the Community Outreach Director, Amy Tipsord at 503.489.1632 or

Gresham Ford is grateful to Ford Motor Company for providing such a fantastic program infrastructure and donating up to $6,000 per event.  Without Ford Motor Company's support this program would not be possible and we are grateful to share it with our community.  Many school programs like Centennial High School Football Team have benefited from previous Drive 4 UR School Programs and be enabled to provide equipment and training that would not have otherwise been made possible by their funding shortfalls.

Gresham Ford understands how important our children's development and support is to the improvement our the Gresham community.  We hope that you will find time in your schedule to join us for the next Drive 4 UR School event and help to support your local high school students and the programs they are passionate about continuing.