More Employees to Give Back to Local Communities
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - UPS employees across Canada are rolling
up their brown sleeves to do a lot more than deliver packages in October.
Throughout the month, UPS employees will participate in the company's Global
Volunteer Month, giving their time, talents and hands-on support to charitable
organizations in their local communities.
Since 2003, UPS has designated a week in October as Global Volunteer
Week. This year, the week has been extended to a full month to enable more
employees to participate. These volunteer efforts extend beyond Canada, with
UPS employees participating in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia. Since
the program began, the number of employee volunteers has grown from 1,000 in
2003, to more than 30,000 expected to participate worldwide this year.
"UPS employees are encouraged to volunteer throughout the year, but
during Global Volunteer Month there is a concentrated effort to engage as many
volunteers as possible," says UPS Canada President Mike Tierney. "If you can
get a person to come out just once and volunteer, they will experience
first-hand the power of giving back; then you've helped create a volunteer for
UPS employees choose their own volunteer projects to support in addition
to those set up by designated UPS team leaders, who coordinate volunteer
opportunities for employees to attend. These activities include a variety of
projects from handing out food to the homeless and at food banks, to
landscaping for daycare centres and schools, to reading with children.
"This year we are emphasizing environmental efforts," Tierney explains.
"We are encouraging employees to participate in projects such as litter
prevention, waste reduction, recycling and landscape beautification. The most
effective environmental project also will be recognized with a $10,000 grant."
UPS's Global Volunteer Month is one of the many examples of the company's
long-standing commitment to volunteerism. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has
built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen. Whether through
involvement with United Way, The UPS Foundation or volunteerism, UPS provides
assistance to programs that address social and community issues including
education, poverty, homelessness, hunger, illness and unemployment.
Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation's major
initiatives include programs that support increased global volunteerism,
literacy and hunger relief. The UPS Foundation pursues these initiatives by
identifying specific projects where its support can help produce a measurable
social impact. In 2007, The UPS Foundation donated more than $46 million to
charitable organizations worldwide. Visit community.ups.com for more
information about UPS's community involvement.
For further information:
For further information: Shannon Morton, APEX Public Relations,
firstname.lastname@example.org, (416) 924-4442 ext. 253; Tara Smith, UPS Canada Public
Relations, email@example.com, (905) 676-1708