UPS gives $1 million to United Way
MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Yet again, United Way says 'thanks
a million' to UPS Canada for raising over $1 million in 2013 across the
country. UPS was honoured with United Way Centraide Canada's
prestigious national 'Thanks a Million' award, presented at the United
Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton's Annual General Meeting in
Burlington on June 24.
UPS is a long-time supporter of United Way, both nationally and
internationally. Throughout the partnership UPS has received the award
numerous times for its exceptional contributions. The "Thanks a
Million" award celebrates organizations that, through corporate charity
and the combined efforts of employees and members, contribute $1
million or more to United Way nationwide.
"UPS is extremely proud of this honour and our partnership with the
United Way. It is an organization that shares our dedication to
improving lives, strengthening communities and creating lasting
positive impacts for those in need," said Michael Tierney, president,
UPS Canada. "Mostly, we are proud of the passion, time and generosity
that UPS employees continue to dedicate to their communities, making
this significant milestone possible," he added.
Across Canada, UPS employees are united in their efforts to inspire
change. Each UPS facility in Canada takes part in an annual United Way
pledge campaign, to help raise funds to support a wide range of
programs, including improving education, eliminating poverty and
promoting healthy living in local communities. Throughout the year, UPS
employees and partners hold events across the country in support of
this initiative. Recently, approximately 1,500 Calgarians rallied
together at the annual "Pulling for U" United Way plane pull event
hosted by UPS; they raised over $75,000!
"It's encouraging for us to see UPS, its dedicated employees and their
families coming together to offer their financial resources, time,
knowledge and skills to make meaningful changes that lead to long-term
improvements to the quality of life in Canadian communities," said
Jacline A. Nyman, President and CEO, United Way Centraide Canada.
UPS encourages its employees to challenge themselves to do more than
just their day-to-day job. Last year, Kresimir Zemljic, a 24-year UPS
employee was asked to participate in the United Way Loaned
Representative program, a special assignment offered because of his
enormous efforts involving United Way initiatives at UPS.
"I am proud to work for a company that encourages and engages their
employees to get out into the community and participate in activities
that benefit social programs and the environment," said Zemljic.
Zemljic worked at the United Way of Peel Region office for a 14
week-term during its fall campaign. Working at the United Way, he
assisted in the planning and coordinating of campaigns from beginning
to end for 25 non-profit organizations. "Seeing firsthand the
challenges that face our community - our neighbours and our friends -
was shocking. We don't realize the need that exists in our own
backyard. It is reassuring and inspiring to know how many people at the
United Way and how many volunteers make it their mission to drive
change," he adds.
In 2013, UPS employees, alongside their families and friends logged
49,000 volunteer hours that benefitted local community development,
youth education, social issues and the environment. Recently, the
company has pledged to complete 20 million hours of global volunteerism
and community service by the end of 2020. By achieving this goal
non-profits will receive volunteer assistance valued at more than *$460
million by the end of the initiative.
About United Way in Canada
With over 100 United Ways Centraides across the country, our mission is
to improve lives and build communities by engaging individuals and
mobilizing collective action. The Movement's three focus areas are:
helping Canadians move from poverty to possibility, building healthy
people and strong communities, and helping kids be all they can be.
Each local United Way Centraide works in partnership with their
communities (school boards, governments, academia, unions, business
leaders, neighbourhood residents and funders) to achieve long-term
measurable change, creating opportunities for a better life for
United Way Centraide Canada's national office (located in Ottawa)
provides guidance and support on behalf of the national Movement. For
more information, please visit www.unitedway.ca or call: 1-800-267-8221.
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range
of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the
facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced
technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 220 countries and
territories worldwide. The company can be found on the web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
*Source: Based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2013 National
Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, www.bls.gov.
SOURCE: UPS Canada Ltd.
For further information:
Robyn van Teunenbroek
UPS Canada Public Relations