MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ - By the end of the summer, The UPS
Foundation will have provided more than US$200,000 to charitable
organizations across Canada. One of the recipients, Volunteer Canada,
received a US$100,000 grant, which will provide much-needed support for
multiple facets of their organization.
Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism in Canada. Since
1977, the agency has been committed to supporting volunteerism and
civic participation through national initiatives and by engaging in
research and training across the country. The grant will be welcomed
support as Volunteer Canada develops a model detailing how to establish
a local volunteer centre and launch a volunteer centre training
network. Volunteer centres are crucial to the participation and success
of volunteer initiatives across the country.
"This grant is a good fit for us because volunteering is at the core of
UPS's values. It is part of our legacy," says Mike Tierney, UPS Canada
president and chair of Volunteer Canada's Corporate Council on
Volunteering, comprised of more than 20 corporate leaders committed to
advancing the cause of volunteering in Canada. "Giving back to the
communities where we live and work is a top priority for UPS. If we can
help Volunteer Canada promote the benefits of volunteerism to
individuals and organizations alike, then we are happy to support them
in any way we can."
UPS employees have a strong relationship with Volunteer Canada. Most
notably, Tierney, along with the other members of the Corporate Council
on Volunteering, last year pledged more than 800,000 hours of employee
volunteer time for an initiative called Power of the Hour. In
partnership with Volunteer Canada and Getinvolved.ca, Power of the Hour
is a national online campaign challenging Canadians to commit two
million volunteer hours in 2010. The Council reached their goal within
three months of the launch.
"I would like to thank UPS for its continued support of Volunteer Canada
and commend the company for its strong commitment to the cause of
volunteerism," says Ruth MacKenzie, president & CEO of Volunteer
Canada. "Volunteer centres play a vital role supporting Canada's 12.5
million volunteers and the generous contribution by UPS will help build
healthy, sustainable communities across the country."
Some other grants distributed by The UPS Foundation in Canada in 2011
On May 5, twenty UPS employees participated in the Habitat for Humanity
(H4H) Women's Build in Toronto and brought with them a US$10,000 grant
to cover the participant fees. All funding received from the build went
directly to building materials for homes for families in need. H4H
mobilizes volunteers and community partners in building affordable
housing and promoting home ownership as a means to breaking the cycle
On May 11, Odd Squad Productions (OSP) accepted a US$9,733 grant to go
towards an edit suite, which will produce high-quality productions and
internet broadcast capabilities to support thousands of youth in
isolated towns across Canada. OSP produces internationally acclaimed
award-winning documentaries, illustrating real-life stories of the
pitfalls of drug use and abuse. The organization uses these films as
educational tools for youth. OSP received an additional US$5,000 grant
to be used towards their annual premier fundraising event, the OSP Gala
which took place in June.
On June 1, Eagle Ridge Hospital Foundation was presented with a grant of
more than US$5,000 at the UPS facility in Fraser Valley, B.C. The funds
are allocated to produce an updated video for volunteer recruitment and
training to inspire recruiters and volunteers, who play a vital role in
the care of patients and their families.
On June 8, Canuck Place Children's Hospice accepted a US$9,590 grant at
the UPS Coastal Centre in B.C. to purchase two medical beds. Canuck
Place offers a comprehensive continuum of care to children and teens
with life-threatening illnesses and their families, free of charge.
On June 30, YMCA in Fredericton, NB, received a US$50,000 grant to cover
the cost of much needed equipment in the Early Childhood Development
Centre. This equipment will be used to enhance its community
programming. It is the largest grant the city of Fredericton has
received from The UPS Foundation!
On July 13, Meal Exchange accepted a $15,055 US grant at the UPS Toronto
facility. Meal Exchange is a youth-driven charity organized to address
local hunger by mobilizing the talent and passion of students. The
grant will be used towards the Trick or Eat food drive, as costumed
youth will collect donations of non-perishable food items instead of
candy on Halloween. Support of this initiative will help Meal Exchange
improve volunteer management, leadership development and build its
UPS's grant program highlights the company's philosophy of striking a
balance between financial contributions and hands-on volunteer hours.
Organizations are nominated for grants by UPS employees and must have
benefited from 50 hours of hands-on volunteering from UPS employees to
qualify. UPS Canada employees volunteered over 19,000 hours to more
than 260 charitable organizations across Canada in 2010.
About The UPS Foundation:
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a
global leader in supply chain and freight services. Since its founding
in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate
citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to
community needs. UPS promotes community involvement through its ongoing
volunteerism and grant programs, environmental sustainability and
corporate philanthropy. In 2010, UPS's charitable contributions
totalled nearly $44.6 million in global philanthropy from The UPS
Foundation to non-profit agencies and UPS employees and their families
contributed more than 1.2 million hours of volunteer service. The
company can be found on the web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
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