UPS Celebrates 9th Annual Global Volunteer Month
Atlanta, October 12, 2011 - UPS (NYSE: UPS) employees around the world once again are taking up rakes and paint brushes along with their logistics know-how to support local community organizations this October. During the company's 9th 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 like the Boys and Girls Club of America and United Way by supporting service activities of those organizations.
To encourage employees 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 include:
- Approximately 20 volunteers in South Africa will renovate the Mpumelelo Day Care Center and playground.
- Volunteers in Oslo will work with the Norwegian Red Cross to clean, paint and garden at a local children's shelter.
- In Indianapolis, volunteers will support the city through a variety of events including a Day of Caring with the United Way, a Habitat for Humanity build and providing volunteers for the Indianapolis Zoo's "ZooBoo" event.
- Working with the Nature Society of Singapore, volunteers will plant 1,800 shrubs.
- Volunteers in Venezuela will spend an afternoon reading and playing with children at the ABANSA orphanage.
About The UPS Foundation
The UPS Foundation, currently celebrating its 60th anniversary, is responsible for facilitating UPS involvement in 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.