UPS says its employees around the world once again are taking up rakes and paint brushes along with their logistics know-how to support local community organizations this October. The company says that during its 9th annual Global Volunteer Month, 400,000 employees will continue the company’s legacy of giving and service.
UPS employees give an average of 80 hours of volunteer time each year, according to an internal survey. To mark this year’s Global Volunteer Month, the company’s October goal is 275,000 hours of service. Employees will participate in a variety of service activities ranging from educating children to providing necessities to those in need. During volunteer efforts, employees also will deepen established relationships with key partners like the Boys and Girls Club of America and United Way by supporting service activities of those organizations.
To encourage employees in their efforts to make a difference in their communities, The UPS Foundation will donate $100,000 through an employee contest, providing 10 employees who participate in Global Volunteer Month a $10,000 grant to support the organization with which they volunteered.
“In addition to millions of packages each day, we deliver our expertise, talents and time to numerous nonprofits, communities and individuals throughout the world,” says Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation. “Volunteerism has long been a part of our culture. We see the value of community service both in enhancing lives of individuals and also in developing the leadership talents of our employees. We know the benefits that service provides our communities and work force and are honored to place an additional emphasis on volunteerism and service each October.”