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UPS committing increased volunteer hours

In 2017, UPS Canada employees contributed over 100,000 volunteer hours in their communities

October 15, 2018

MISSISSAUGA, ON – UPS will deploy nearly 40 per cent more employees on five continents to contribute to 450 community service projects, in the company’s 16th annual Global Volunteer Month. In 2014, CEO David Abney pledged UPS’s employees would contribute 20 million volunteer hours by the end of 2020, and the company is on pace to reach this goal.

“In 2017, UPS Canada employees contributed over 100,000 volunteer hours in their communities,” says Christoph Atz, president of UPS Canada. “Our commitment to social responsibility is rooted in our people’s dedication to make impactful changes in their communities. Through events like our annual plane pulls for United Way across Canada, our employees continue to improve the lives of many.”

In Canada, The UPS Foundation provided almost $500,000 volunteer-based grants to charity organizations, this year. Including a $65,000 grant to The Darling Home for Kids, a facility providing paediatric hospice care, residential support and respite services to families who have children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. Volunteering their time, UPS employees assist with the repairs and renovations of the grounds. Additionally, various UPS employees across the country hold positions with charitable organizations, in an effort to help make a difference in their community.

UPS estimates employees will devote 375,000 volunteer hours in October to projects in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Africa (ISMEA). In 2017, UPS employees completed a record 2.9 million hours of volunteer service, providing more than $104 million CAD in economic impact.

“Our employees are witnessing first-hand the positive effects of humanitarian aid and making communities around the world more resilient through dedicated volunteer hours. Volunteerism is an instrumental part of employee development in providing relief efforts in the wake of an extraordinary events like the recent destruction from Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Manghut,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer for UPS.

The UPS Foundation leads UPS’s global citizenship programs, including Global Volunteer Month. The UPS Foundation encourages employees from every region to donate their time to programs around the world. Global Volunteer Month helps increase the focus on volunteerism and community service in October so UPS employees can make a big impact. At the end of Global Volunteer Month each year, UPS awards $13,000 CAD grants to 14 non-profit organizations UPS employees volunteer at in each U.S. region, international region and business unit.

Featured projects include in Canada: Planting trees with the Credit Valley Conservation, hosting a charity book sale with Laubach Literacy-New Brunswick and feeding the homeless at the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Foundation.