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UPS Driver in China Wins Global Community Service Award

Submitted by: UPS

Categories: Volunteerism, Ratings & Awards

Posted: Feb 26, 2008 – 09:00 AM EST


Honored for Outreach in Guangdong Province

Feb. 26 /CSRwire/ - ATLANTA - February 26, 2008 - UPS driver Andy He Jinchang of Guangzhou, China, has earned the company's top global community service award, the first time a non-U.S.employee has ever been so honored.

Jinchang was recognized for his personal outreach efforts to rural communities in the Guangdong Province where he is helping school children, mentally-challenged children and the elderly.

The Jim Casey Community Service Award winner is chosen annually from nominations solicited from UPS's 425,000 employees. The Casey Award was created to recognize outstanding community service, a hallmark of UPS's corporate legacy and commitment to social responsibility.

Jinchang's UPS award follows other local recognition. Andy has been recognized as a local pioneer for voluntary service, receiving a Certificate of Honor from the Guangzhou Youth Education Work Group, and a Letter of Appreciation from the Guangdong province government.

Beginning about 10 years ago, Jinchang, who has lived his entire life in the bustling city of Guangzhou, began his outreach to rural communities. The road, literally, is not an easy one. It takes nearly five hours to get to the villages where he volunteers. There, Andy founded a literacy project called "One Person, One Dictionary." He collected 1,200 dictionaries so that children, many of whom walk several miles to school, would have this critical reference tool for use at home as well as at school.

Andy also volunteers with mentally-challenged children at the Xin Fu Children's Welfare House by providing training in living skills and organizing entertainment such as showing movies to provide some fun and a connection to modern life. Most recently, Andy’s volunteer efforts have been directed at serving the elderly, collecting and delivering donations, visiting and sharing his time.

"Andy's selfless dedication to those in need truly embodies the spirit of community service that this award recognizes," observed UPS Chairman and CEO Scott Davis. "He has served as a rallying point for others, including his fellow employees, and his efforts inspire us all."

Davis awarded Andy the Casey Award at an annual management meeting in Florida last week. It was Andy's first trip to the United States. His story was captured on video and shown to the company’s top executives.

Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation's major areas of focus include community safety, nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability and diversity. 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.

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