Culture of Community Involvement Strong all Year Long
MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 13 /CNW/ - During National Volunteer Week and
throughout the year, UPS Canada employees enthusiastically roll up their brown
sleeves to volunteer. UPS's success in creating a culture of volunteerism is
clear with last year's results from its Global Volunteer Week program. In
2006, over 850 Canadian employees at UPS contributed more than 6,000 hours of
volunteer time - the equivalent of 250 days - to more than 150 charitable
organizations in communities across Canada.
"Volunteering has brought me immeasurable satisfaction; I can use the
skills I've gained at UPS and I feel a sense of achievement knowing I am
helping to bring about social change," says UPS Canada Workforce Planning
Manager, Glenda Shuffler-Lester. "I appreciate working for a company that
supports my volunteerism to enrich the community where I live and work."
A Statistics Canada survey found that employed volunteers are likely to
devote more hours to their efforts if they receive support from their
employers. In fact, 25 per cent of the volunteer work completed in the year of
the study was done with the support of employers(*).
UPS provides employees volunteer opportunities through its annual Global
Volunteer Week, an extension of the company's long-standing commitment to
volunteerism. The week-long event, in October, marks the culmination of
volunteer work performed by employees throughout the year. UPS employees in
over 200 countries synchronize their efforts, donating their time to a wide
range of activities including repairing schools, reading to children,
assisting food banks and landscaping for community organizations.
Since 2003, UPS's community service initiative has grown from roughly
1,000 volunteers in 2003 to the more than 20,000 employees worldwide that
participated last year.
In 2006, UPS Canada employees also:
- Donated a total of $256,919 CDN in grants with funding for essential
services and programs to organizations such as Easter Seals Society of
Ontario, Volunteer Canada, Victorian Order of Nurses, and the
Fredericton chapter of Habitat for Humanity. In order to qualify for
community investment grants, UPS employees volunteered at least 120
hours with each organization.
- Raised over $1.2 million CDN for the United Way.
- Raised over $78,000 CDN for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
- Helped distribute food and other essential items to the homeless in
the streets of Toronto, cooked and served hot meals to homeless youth
in Montreal, and sorted gifts for children in need in Calgary.
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.
UPS, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2007, is the world's
largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain 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
www.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
(*) Statistics Canada, 2000
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