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UPS Canada recognized for charitable contributions

Employees raised more than $1.1 million toward United Way initiatives, planted trees

April 4, 2019

MISSISSAUGA – For the 17th consecutive year, UPS Canada was presented with the ‘Thanks a Million’ award, continuing a 30 year relationship with the United Way in Canada and raising more than $1.1 million toward United Way initiatives. This accomplishment was a combination of employee engagement and sponsored events, like the charity plane pulls hosted across Canada, in Mississauga, Vancouver, Calgary and Hamilton.

Last year, UPS employees planted 1,000 trees across Canada and spent 114,421 hours volunteering in their communities to support local initiatives such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Youth Without Shelter. During Global Volunteer Month alone, employees volunteered more than 26,000 hours of their time.

In 2018, The UPS Foundation awarded more than $412,000 in Canadian grants, including over $66,000 to the Yaldei Shashuim Developmental Center and $65,000 to the Darling Home for Kids. An additional $100,000 in community grants were awarded to over 150 charitable organizations.

“UPS employees continue to volunteer their time in the communities we serve, driving initiatives and making a positive impact,” said Dominic Porporino, president of UPS Canada.

“Our social contributions, paired with our optimized global logistics network and growing fleet of alternative vehicles, help us meet customer needs and strengthen our community, while reducing inefficiencies and their associated environmental impacts.”

The company’s commitment to safe driving is a core value at UPS and a key area of focus for its drivers. In 2018, 32 drivers were inducted into UPS Canada’s ‘Circle of Honour’, a program recognizing those who have not had an avoidable accident for 25 years or more. Today, 240 drivers are members.

UPS Road Code is a global sponsored teen safe driving program based on the company’s safe-driving methods that is offered through various Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada locations. Its success is largely dependent on the UPS service providers that oversee the program and facilitate the hands-on training. Last year, 459 young adults graduated from the program, bringing the total to 2,196 graduates in Canada.