Two-time Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton (ABC’s new series “The Middle”) and music group Five For Fighting will be the first stars for Season 7 to volunteer in the GET ON THE BUS campaign on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The new season begins with a two-part episode, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.
Capturing the momentum of the Obama administration’s focus on volunteerism, “EM:HE” will show that community service is cool again with the new GET ON THE BUS campaign. For the first time ever for the series, “EM:HE” will have famous celebrities and extraordinary volunteers GET ON THE BUS for the weeks of house-building during the season. So far the other celebrities volunteering include Tyler Perry, David Duchovny, Mary J. Blige, Clint Black, Xzibit, Trace Adkins, Ashley Tisdale and Kellie Pickler.
When the new season begins, these special guests will contribute far more than special appearances – they’ll be part of the design team. In each episode, the iconic “EM:HE” bus will pick up a new volunteer to join the team and help during the build, providing a rare chance to visit America’s heartland and connect with real people who need help. Celebrity volunteers will pull up their sleeves, create a design project and put their personal stamp on the home. They will get to know the family’s circumstances and needs one on one. In between pouring foundations and framing walls, some of the celebrity volunteers will jump right into the center of the town — connecting with the locals, hanging out with the design team, spearheading a community project and bringing their unique personality and talents to the project. It’s not all hard labor and sweat — every episode has plenty of room for good times with good people. Getting on the bus will allow America to get to know the celebrity volunteers in an entirely new way — as a real person who wants to make a real difference.
Ford Motor Company and partner ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” are still eagerly searching for community Heroes looking to make a difference. The Heroes F-150 campaign is awarding an all new 2009 Ford F-150 and $250,000 to help build or rebuild a portion of a community. Entries are still being accepted at www.TheHeroesF150.com. Participants can nominate their Hero until May 31.
Students, parents, community members, school, military police and firefighting staff are encouraged to nominate their community Hero for the Heroes F-150 contest by entering at www.TheHeroesF150.com. Entrants are asked to write a short essay (250 words or less) as to why the nominated Hero fits the definition of being “an individual who is dependable, family and/or community oriented, with a strong work ethic and commitment to his/her family, and/or co-workers and/or community.” The nomination should address nominated Hero would do with the $250,000 and a 2009 Ford F-150. The winner will be announced in June, the makeover completed later in the summer. In addition to the Heroes F-150 contest, entrants will also have the opportunity to enter to win an all new 2009 Ford F-150 in the Heroes F-150 sweepstakes.
“The Heroes F-150 program demonstrates Ford’s continued commitment to building communities around the country through its partnership with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’” said Eric Peterson, Ford Truck / SUV Communications Manager, Ford Motor Company. “Our Ford F-150 owners are Heroes in their own right. They are the go-to-guys that people can always rely on to make change happen, and we believe this program will not only help a community in need, but also inspire people to think about how they can lend a hand to their community during these difficult times.”The $250,000 will be contributed to, as recommended by the winning Hero, the construction of a new public or non-profit facility/building or the improvement or renovation of an existing public or non-profit building/facility to enhance the community and the quality of life of its residents.