Celebrating Women’s History Month

Kate Keith | Lundeen Brothers Ford

What you are doing in the community to make history?
We are providing $1000 scholarships. One being for minority students only. We will be offering this scholarship at 2 different High schools. (This will be our first year, in hopes for many years to come). We have donated $50 per vehicle sale in the months of November and December for the past 2 years to our local food shelf. This year we were able to donate $3,800. We also tithe monthly to our local church. We are so grateful to be able to share in spreading the Gospel.

How have your actions impacted your ethnic customer base?
Being a female minority Ford store in a predominately white community has given us an opportunity to bridge any prejudices or preconceived notions about women and minorities through building relation-ships and honest business dealings with our customers. How did it make your feel? Growing up in a small town and being a minority has shaped who I am today. The difficulties and struggles I have had to endure have taught me so much. I am grateful at how society is changing for the better, but with the recent targeting of Asian Americans, I realize we still have a long way to go. What are you most proud of as a result of this accomplishment? I am so thankful that we are able to provide in all of these areas. My hope is to build up strong minority leaders and provide great opportunities for these children and families. Thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to share with you who we are at Lundeen Brothers Ford!!

Lundeen Brothers Ford

Karen Sutton-Ford, Sutton Auto

Karen Sutton-FordWhat you are doing in the community to make history?
We are always giving back to our surrounding communities, especially those that are under-served. We aim to donate 10% of profits back to communities as well as we serve with our time through various organizations.
How have your actions impacted your ethnic customer base?
People see us a s a safe place. They know we try hard to assist them and get them back on track so that they can come back again. We are trustworthy and honest.
How did it make your feel?
It’s always great to hear that you have positively impacted someone. The best is from a kid in school who said he wanted to be the owner of Sutton Ford when he grew up.
What are you most proud of as a result of this accomplishment?
The fact that we get to “serve”. We are here on this earth to serve and you can still do it at a “for profit”business. We bless people daily from our employees to our customers and to know that you are saving souls daily is a blessing.

Sutton Auto

Bess Wills, Gresham Ford

What you are doing in the community to make history?Bess Wills Gresham Ford Love Project The Love Project is a series of monthly events throughout 2021 that utilize community nominations and submissions to find those who “deserve a little love.” Each month carries a different theme centered around LOVE like: Need a little Love, Love Easter Baskets, Spring Spruce Up, Love Mom and Dad, Etc. In Feb ,we gave away restaurant gift cards to those who have been assisting others during this pandemic. In Mach , we did an EASTER Coloring project where every participant received a gift card to the local yogurt shop. This month, we are focusing on Spring Cleanups for 2-3 lucky families. What sets the Love Project apart from past charitable acts is community engagement… How have your actions impacted your ethnic customer base? We make a conscious effort to be strategic in selecting businesses to support ,with the goal of keeping small businesses alive. How did it make your feel? “I love my community want us all to step back and love each other.” and “I don’t want random acts of kindness acts of kindness.“ “If we are all intentional with kindness, we can change things.” What are you most proud of as a result of this accomplishment? I am most proud of the multitude of people and organizations who have been excited about the project and who want to partner with us.