Ford Friendship Express Program

Ford Friendship Express

The Ford Friendship Express Program is the way the Erie Ford Dealers give back something substantial to the people and organizations in the community. The program assists charitable and nonprofit organizations throughout the Erie area. The dealer association donates vehicles to help these organizations with their day-to-day operations. To see if your organization qualifies and to apply for the program, see details below.

Since the program's inception in 1996, we’ve been fortunate enough to donate more than 100 vans to community groups and charitable organizations throughout Erie, Western New York, and Rochester. We expanded the Ford Friendship Express to Erie in 2013 to broaden the program’s impact, bringing the gift of reliable transportation to more organizations in need. We’re proud to be able to support many important missions through this philanthropic initiative.

How Do I Know if My Organization Qualifies?

If you’re a charitable or nonprofit organization in Western New York or Erie, Pennsylvania, you may qualify for a free Ford van to help you with day-to-day operations. These vans are donated by your local dealerships to bring reliable transportation to those in need. Because that’s what friendship is all about. [CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION]

Previous Winners

  • (2023) Second Harvest Food Bank of NW Pennsylvania
  • (2022) Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network
  • (2021) Mercy Center for Women
  • (2020) Pleasant Ridge Manor
  • (2019) ExpERIEnce Erie Children's Museum
  • (2018) Women's Care Center of Erie
  • (2017) Community Resources for Independence (CRI)
  • (2016) The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • (2015) Erie City Mission
  • (2014) Greater Erie Habitat for Humanity
  • (2013) The Sight Center of Northwest PA