UPS today announced the award of 18 grants by The UPS Foundation totaling more than $5.5 million to non-profit organizations that promote community safety through urgent humanitarian relief efforts and road safety initiatives.
The UPS Foundation is the philanthropic arm of UPS and leads its corporate citizenship efforts. Sharing UPS’s extensive knowledge of logistics, coupled with financial support through grants, The UPS Foundation works with non-profits in the humanitarian relief space to enhance their ability to prepare and respond to natural disasters.
Additionally, The UPS Foundation creates innovative community safety partnerships with non-profits to champion road safety. UPS is currently expanding it’s safe driving program, UPS Road Code(TM), which leverages UPS volunteers around the world to instruct teens and novice drivers on safe driving techniques.
“UPS and The UPS Foundation are committed to promoting safety and prosperity by supporting organizations that champion a variety of community safety initiatives,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “We are honored to apply our knowledge and command of logistics to help others prepare for the unknown and create safer roads and communities.”
The Foundation’s humanitarian relief grants will support several organizations, including:
— The American Red Cross will allocate grant dollars from UPS to their Annual Disaster Giving Program and the support of both domestic and international relief efforts
— CARE USA received grants that support the continued implementation of commodity tracking and supply chain unit development to manage their emergency relief efforts.
— The Salvation Army will use grant dollars provided to fund a warehouse project in Haiti and toward their Emergency Response Fund.
— UNICEF’s grant dollars will be used for their emergency fund, a Supply Chain Stock Replenishment and Enhancement Program, and transportation initiatives
— United States Association for United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) received grants towards technology solutions that assist with equitable distribution of food in refugee camps, a warehousing project in Africa and their Emergency Fund.
— The World Food Programme (WFP) will use grants to support several initiatives including Logistics Response Team (LRT) training and the Purchase for Progress program in the Democratic Republic of Congo, an effort that leverages the WFP’s purchasing power and its expertise in logistics and food quality to offer smallholder farmers opportunities to access agricultural markets.
Organizations supported by the road safety grants include:
— The Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada will use grants to support the expansion of the UPS Road Code program in Canada.
— Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. will apply funds to help establish the UPS Road Code program in Germany.
— The United Nations Decade of Action will leverage their grant award to support the rollout phase of the Fleet Forum Fleet Safety Modular Driver Training program that is being implemented in Africa.
— UK Youth will leverage the grants to expand the UPS Road Code program in the United Kingdom.
UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation is responsible for leading the organization’s philanthropy and corporate citizenship efforts. In 2011, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $93 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.