UPS employees throughout the world will participate in UPS’s eighth annual Global Volunteer Month in October, a month encouraging UPS’s more than 400,000 employees to give back through service and organizations that are most meaningful to them. To kick off the month of volunteerism, UPS is presenting the HandsOn Network, the country’s largest volunteer network, a $300,000 grant to support volunteer services and relief efforts in the Gulf of Mexico region as part of a $1 million two-year contribution.
UPS’s new partnership with HandsOn Network will create volunteer boot camps to train individuals to meet community-specific environmental and humanitarian recovery needs from the recent Gulf Coast oil spill. Training will be targeted at such critical areas as job re-training and job search clinics; restoring parks and open spaces; supporting kids with safe afterschool activities, and assisting small businesses to recoup losses or improve business sustainability.
“In 2009, UPS employees and their family members contributed more than 1.5 million hours of volunteer service, with more than 170,000 hours of their donated time occurring during Global Volunteer Month,” says Allen Hill, senior vice president of human resources. “And giving and volunteering to improve efficiency allows organizations to stretch their dollars further, ensuring resources are used effectively.”