United Way presented 'Thanks a Million' award to UPS Canada 8th year in a row

    UPS receives United Way's prestigious award for $1 million contribution

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 5 /CNW/ - United Way of Canada-Centraide Canada
recognized UPS Canada with the prestigious Thanks a Million award. The
national award was presented at a formal ceremony on June 4, at the Fairmont
Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto.
    2009 marks the eighth year in a row UPS Canada has received United Way -
Centraide's Thanks a Million award. The award honours organizations and unions
that, through corporate generosity and the combined efforts of their employees
and members, contribute $1,000,000 or more to United Ways - Centraides across
the country. Thousands of organizations support United Way - Centraide each
year, however fewer than 100 are eligible for this award.
    "United Way is committed to caring for communities. By responding to the
immediate social needs in communities and addressing the root causes of social
problems, United Way is working to create positive long-lasting changes in
Canadian communities. UPS is an avid supporter of their countless efforts,"
said Doug Appleby, UPS Canada Community Relations Manager. "With the recession
taking a toll on every industry, people are in need now more than ever. UPS
and its employees continue to provide volunteer hours and financial support to
maintain important services in the communities in which we live and work."
    UPS Canada has been a major contributor and strong partner with United
Way since 1983. Each UPS centre across Canada participates in an annual United
Way pledge campaign, with various fundraisers held throughout the year. In
2008, UPS Canada employee campaigns raised more than $1.3 million and
Corporate gift matching totalled more than $160,000. UPS contributions help
United Way improve the quality of neighbourhood social services, ensure
opportunities for youth, support programs and services that provide health
care and help newcomers integrate into their new communities.
    "United Way relies on the generosity and support of its community members
to enable us to make a positive impact in local communities. The economy began
its tumble during the height of many United Way campaigns in 2008. We could
not have raised an impressive $481 million to be invested in Canadian
communities without the help of UPS employees who have made it their personal
commitment to be a part of the United Way mission, dedicating both their time
and dollars to helping improve lives and build stronger communities," said Al
Hatton, President & CEO United Way.
    UPS employees and retirees in the United States pledged more than $53
million to United Way during the 2008 campaign, more than any other
participating company, leading the nation in Untied Way donations.
    Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and
responsible corporate citizen. Whether through its involvement with United
Way, The UPS Foundation or volunteerism, UPS provides assistance to programs
that provide long-term solutions to community needs.

    About United Way
    United Way of Canada - Centraide Canada (UWC-CC) is the national office
for the 119 United Ways and Centraides in Canada, which make up the United Way
- Centraide Movement. Every day, United Ways - Centraides work locally to
change living conditions for the better. Working in partnership with others,
United Ways - Centraides mobilize people and resources to address the root
causes of social problems and to change community conditions for the better.
United Ways - Centraides support agencies that provide services to strengthen
individuals, families and communities. At the national level, UWC-CC provides
guidance and support to the Movement as a whole, working with and for local
United Ways - Centraides, providing strategic direction and creating
connections for sharing information and resources.

    About UPS
    UPS (NYSE:   UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a
global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than a century
of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global trade
expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta,
Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company
can be found on the Web at UPS.com. To get UPS news direct, visit

For further information:

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

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