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UPS Begins Week of Synchronized Community Service Around the Globe

Submitted by: UPS

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Oct 18, 2004 – 12:00 AM EST


Oct. 18 /CSRwire/ - ATLANTA - This week, UPS employees will deliver much more than packages - they will dedicate their time and talents to serving their communities as part of the second annual UPS Global Volunteer Week.

More than 3,500 UPS employees will roll up their sleeves to help build houses in the Philippines, read to hospitalized children in Argentina and Nigeria, and work in food banks in Belgium, among many other activities. UPS employees in 35 countries, from the China to the Czech Republic, will volunteer more than 13,000 hours in community service this week. This is triple the number of volunteer hours employees gave during the inaugural Global Volunteer Week last year.

"As a company that works directly in communities all around the world, we have a responsibility to give back through community service," said David Abney, President of UPS International. "This volunteer week is an important opportunity for employees to help those who need it most."

UPS started Global Volunteer Week in 2003 to extend the company's legacy of volunteerism. In the United States, more than 30,000 employees are involved in the company's Neighbor to Neighbor program, which provides volunteer opportunities through UPS's charitable arm, The UPS Foundation.

"We are in the community every day," said Abney. "We're in every town and every village. We drive down every street. We knock on the doors and see the hungry, the homeless, the undereducated. Our community is developing our future leaders. It's up to us to help make a better future."

Global Volunteer Week projects were chosen by UPS employees in each participating country. The following are just a few examples of the volunteer tasks:

  • In Mexico, employees will volunteer 1,500 hours to plant trees for a reforestation project.
  • In Spain, UPS employees will spend 400 hours working at a food bank.
  • In India, employees will spend 700 hours working with underprivileged children and senior citizens providing mentoring, cleaning and landscaping.
  • In Canada, employees will volunteer 3,200 hours in a wide variety of activities from sorting food at food banks to building a house with Habitat for Humanity.

    UPS 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.

  • For more information, please contact:

    Rebecca Treacy-Lenda UPS
    Phone: 1+404-828-8396

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