Fifty fearless UPS females help build stronger Toronto community

    UPS employees join Habitat for Humanity Toronto for inaugural Women Build

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 29 /CNW/ - Many hands make light work. For UPS,
pitching in to help for a good cause is a year-round initiative. This spring,
Habitat for Humanity Toronto will receive $50,000 in sponsorship and 50 pairs
of helping hands from UPS Canada at its first annual Women Build, benefiting
the Manse Road and Lawrence Avenue area in Toronto. Fifty female management
employees from UPS locations around the Greater Toronto Area will participate
in the build on May 4, 6 and 7.
    "We're extremely proud and delighted to be able to devote our time,
energy and determination to helping those in need through Habitat for
Humanity," said Shelley Gares, Vice President of Brokerage and chair of
Women's Leadership Development (WLD) program. "The women at UPS are a force to
be reckoned with, what better way to harness that energy than putting it
toward a great cause in our community?"
    The 50 female UPS employees are members of its Women's Leadership
Development (WLD) program. The goal of WLD is to create a network of women who
can share in one another's development and establish outside relationships
with the business community while all along developing themselves. WLD
provides a supportive environment that encourages and enables the attraction,
development, and retention of female managers through networking, mentoring,
education, and community-based involvement.
    Habitat for Humanity Toronto's inaugural Women Build will be Canada's
largest build with over 1,500 volunteers, donors and supporters building over
the course of nine days on 16 homes. The project is part of a one-time 60-home
development of affordable and market value homes created by WRP Neighbourhood
Housing (
    "Women Build is about building homes, while promoting women as leaders in
the community and providing an opportunity for women to learn new construction
and building skills - without excluding men," said Neil Hetherington, CEO of
Habitat for Humanity Toronto. "The event is about spirit, empowerment,
solidarity, fun, learning, and a whole lot of pride in working with a family
as they help build their new Habitat home."
    Volunteering at UPS is a serious commitment. In 2008, UPS Canada
employees donated more than 10,000 hours to nearly 200 charitable
organizations across Canada. Some gave their time to assist in construction
projects, while others volunteered at neighbourhood food banks and soup
kitchens. While several organizations received significant monetary donations
from UPS through the company's community grant programs, employees are
well-known for providing hands-on assistance to help better the communities
where they live and work.
    UPS has traditionally provided employees volunteer opportunities through
its annual Global Volunteer Month each October, an extension of the company's
long-standing commitment to volunteerism. During Global Volunteer Month alone,
1,047 UPS Canada employees and their family members volunteered over 5,800
hours at over 140 different charities. Last year, UPS employees, in more than
200 countries, volunteered more than 1.2 million hours.
    Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and
responsible corporate citizen. Whether through it's involvement with United
Way, The UPS Foundation or volunteerism, UPS provides assistance to programs
that address social and community issues through skilled volunteerism that
promotes sustainable programs that address diversity, non-profit
effectiveness, the environment, community safety, economic and global

    About Habitat for Humanity Toronto

    Established in 1988, Habitat for Humanity Toronto is a non-profit,
non-denominational Christian housing organization. We welcome all people
without discrimination to join us as we build simple, decent, affordable homes
in partnership with low-income families. One hundred percent of all
administrative and fundraising costs are paid for by the operation of three
ReStores. Habitat ReStores sell quality new and used donated building
materials. Every 10 minutes, Habitat for Humanity helps a family improve their
housing situation in more than 100 countries around the world.

    About UPS

    UPS is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader
in supply chain and freight services, offering an extensive range of options
for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered
in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
UPS's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be
found on the Web at To get UPS news direct, visit

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For further information: Tara Smith, UPS Canada Public Relations, Tel:
(905) 676-1708,; Shannon Morton, APEX Public Relations,
Tel: (416) 924-4442 ext. 253,

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