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Jim Casey’s Legacy: UPSers are Everyday Heroes

This month, UPS celebrates 104 years of business. Our founder, Jim Casey, instilled in UPSers a spirit of service to our customers and our community. While Jim may not have regarded himself as a “hero,” his commitment to community service has delivered a lasting impact. Jim and his siblings founded the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) in 1948 to honor their mother, who struggled to raise the family as a young widow. The AECF serves as an advocate to help vulnerable children and families succeed.


And this spirit of serving extends to our customers … many of whom regard UPSers as heroes for their business.

Today, UPSers contribute their time and talents in a variety of ways:

  • Providing logistics expertise to relief efforts in the aftermath of the Haiti and Japan earthquakes
  • Coordinating the shipment of machinery to aid the Chilean miners rescue
  • Serving in the Community Internship Program to assist neighborhoods that need help with poverty, drug dependency, homelessness and illiteracy
  • Cooking meals for families staying at The Ronald McDonald House while their children undergo medical treatmen

Over the next few weeks, we’ll share stories of UPSers whose acts of heroism have made an impact on the lives of others. Like the story of UPS driver Ethan Callif who rescued a women trapped in her car that was sinking in a pond. And the story of UPS pilot Ray Robinson, who helps lead a summer aviation program for youth in Louisville, Ky.

Our series starts tomorrow with the entertaining story of Murray Wihlidal, a UPS supervisor in Canada, who delivered an urgent shipment of merchandise to John Mellencamp’s concert in Saskatchewan.

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