|Category:||Caring for Communities, Logistics|
|Tags:||Charlotte, David Ragan, NASCAR, United Way, volunteerism|
This past weekend I was honored to be included with more than 30 UPSers from around the U.S. and Canada to attend the Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. David Ragan and the No. 6 Ford Fusion glowed under the night sky with the special UPS United Way paint scheme that continued our celebration of passing the $ 1 billion dollar mark in contributions to the United Way.
We were randomly selected to attend the race because we’ve logged hours in the Neighbor to Neighbor system, an internal system used to track UPS volunteer events and employee hours. I spoke with Elena Scanlon who told me, “I participate in many United Way volunteer activities. It’s just something that comes from my heart and I love doing it.”
UPS didn’t miss a beat. Our weekend started Friday night with a behind the scenes shop tour and dinner at Roush Fenway Racing (RFR). I asked around and the folks at RFR said not only have they never given a group of UPSers a tour of their shop before, they don’t give tours of any kind to the public, which of course made us all feel extra special. We got to see a sneak peak at the next paint scheme too, which supports our “We ♥ Logistics” platform.
The next day, we volunteered with the United Way agency, A Child’s Place, and made literacy kits for homeless children to help make their school experience as normal as possible. The kids were so sweet and made us thank you cards afterward.
Later in the day we headed to the track where UPS treated us to pit tours, a visit with Dale Jarrett and David Ragan, games, and dinner. The evening was of course topped off with the only night race in the chase for the Sprint Cup, the Bank of America 500. I knew it was going to be loud but I didn’t know it was going to be that loud. It was a great time.
Another event attendee, MBE/The UPS Store Operations Manager Jamie Pountain commented, “I think it’s great that UPS has done this and taken the time to celebrate giving back to the community.”
I think it was our presence in the stands that gave David the push he needed to reach his second best time this season and come in tenth place. If you haven’t seen it yet, David’s United Way themed fire suit and helmet from the race are up for auction to benefit United Way’s work in education, income and health on liveunited.org/thanksUPS through October 24.