Mississagua, ON, October 12, 2011
UPS Celebrates Ninth Annual Global Volunteer Month
UPS (NYSE: UPS) employees around the world will again take up rakes and paint brushes along with their logistics know-how to support local community organizations this October. During the company's ninth annual Global Volunteer Month, UPS's 400,000 employees will continue the company's legacy of giving and service.
UPS employees give an average of 80 hours of volunteer time each year, according to an internal survey. To mark this year's Global Volunteer Month, the company's October goal is 275,000 hours of service. Employees will participate in a variety of service activities ranging from educating children to providing vital necessities to those in need. During volunteer efforts, employees also will deepen established relationships with key partners including United Way, Meal Exchange, Surrey Food Bank, Reach for the Rainbow, Volunteer Canada and more, by supporting service activities of those organizations.
The UPS Foundation recently presented Volunteer Canada with a US$100,000 grant which will be welcomed support for a variety of national initiatives including a model detailing how to establish a local volunteer centre and launch a volunteer centre training network.
To encourage employees globally in their efforts to make a difference in their communities, The UPS Foundation will donate $100,000 through an employee contest, providing 10 employees who participate in Global Volunteer Month a $10,000 grant to support the organization with which they volunteered.
"In addition to millions of packages each day, we deliver our expertise, talents and time to numerous non-profits, communities and individuals throughout the world," said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation. "Volunteerism has long been a part of our culture. We see the value of community service both in enhancing lives of individuals and also in developing the leadership talents of our employees. We know the benefits that service provides our communities and workforce and are honored to place an additional emphasis on volunteerism and service each October."
Volunteer events span the globe and provide employees the opportunity to donate time to support personal passions and community interests. Some events slated for this Global Volunteer Month in Canada include:
About The UPS Foundation
Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation, which celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2011, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national and global communities. In 2010, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $95 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.