|Category:||Caring for Communities, UPS News|
|Tags:||Columbia, community, employees, Florida, Jim Casey Community Service Award, Mami Dora Foundation, UPSers, volunteerism|
The James E. Casey Community Service Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on any UPSer. Created in 1995, the award is given annually to the one UPSer who rises above all others to demonstrate an “exceptional commitment to helping others in their community.”
Flying from his home in Hialeah Gardens, Florida, to the country of Colombia, UPSer Joseph Sosa makes a long drive from Monteria to a remote, 900-person village called Buenos Aires once every three months or so. If the jeep holds up on the undeveloped road through mountains and farm lands, Joseph reaches the little community where his grandmother lived and died.
He arrives in the village of his family roots with a big smile … and with a load of food, books, medicines, and other goods for the children of this needy community.
Back in Florida, Joseph, age 39, works as a part-time Driver and Night Sort Safety Committee Co-chair in Hialeah. After hours, he’s President and Founder of the Mami Dora Foundation, pledged to provide basic needs to the village of Buenos Aires, Colombia, and others like it that don’t have reliable drinking water, electricity, or other modern conveniences. In South America, his work even includes some politics – Joseph recently met with Colombia’s vice president and with senators to raise awareness of conditions in impoverished villages.
Here is Joseph’s story: