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As World Refugee Day Approaches, a UPSer Recalls Her Visit to Dadaab, the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
Dadaab

From the air, Dadaab doesn’t appear — it slowly comes into focus. The huge empty expanse of red dust looks like a terracotta platter dotted with pepper. As you draw closer, the black specks grow and change color, and the bare platter fills, resembling a generous helping of githeri, the beans and maize dish that is a Kenyan staple.

Only as you begin your descent does it become clear that this arid expanse of white is actually a vast expanse of tents – row upon row, both man-made and manufactured. An area designed for 90,000 now houses five times that many.

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20 Million Volunteer Hours by 2020 Is Ambitious Commitment to Communities We Serve
David Abney speaking

Our pledge to complete 20 million hours of global volunteerism and community service by the end of 2020 is the most ambitious commitment to the communities we serve in the 107-year history of our company.

We believe this commitment – announced on Monday by UPS’s chief operating officer David Abney at the Points of Light National Conference on Volunteerism and Service – will bring positive and meaningful change to communities around the world. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our commitment represents more than $460 million in economic impact to nonprofits.

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3D Printing is the Prize for Middle School Design Class Contest
Camden 3D Design 2

Remember the excitement of being in school and taking a field trip? Not only do you get to get out of school, but it often creates a lifelong memory.

 A San Diego middle school teacher, Mr. Matt Davis, recently provided his students with a field into the future of technology. Mr. Davis teaches an elective class in CAD, computer aided drafting where students learn to create and design structures and objects through a computer program. He held a contest in his class where students competed to have their 3D design printed. The students used SketchUp, 3D modeling software that’s easy to learn and incredibly fun to use, to create their entries. The UPS Store, the first national retailer to offer 3D print services in-store, offered to 3D print the winning student’s design for the class.  Read More »

Footprints on the Moon
Deshawn Adams

“In the world, you may just be one person, but to one person (or one company) you may be the world.”

My name is Deshawn Adams, and I’m currently serving as a Sales Intern here in Atlanta. I am a rising junior at Morehouse College and have had the honor of being selected to serve as a UPS Community Service Scholar in conjunction with Morehouse College, Fickett Elementary School, and the UPS Foundation. As part of this important program, I have already completed more than 300 service hours.  I understand that one of UPS’ missions is to grow its business not only by investing in the company, but also by investing in people and communities where they conduct business.  While my experience as a scholar afforded me the opportunity to witness and participate in UPS’ philanthropic outreach, my current experience is allowing me to gain a better understanding of the business that permits this corporate culture of giving.

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Highlights from the Service Across Sectors: Sparking Innovation Keynote Panel at CECP
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I recently had the privilege of participating on a special keynote panel on cross-sector service and volunteerism at the annual CECP Summit in New York. UPS has been innovating with its employee engagement programs for years, so I was excited to have the opportunity to share our work with a distinguished group of leaders in business, civil society and government that are collectively working to boost corporate engagement and philanthropy.

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Capacity for Help
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As Humanitarian Engineering & Logistics Manager, I am involved with The UPS Foundation and its support of CARE, Red Cross, Good360 and MedShare. UPS’s logistics expertise assists the non-government organizations (NGOs) in three categories:  In-kind Transportation, Emergency In-kind Transportation and Capacity Building.

My responsibility pertains to the third category—Capacity Building. My job is done before a disaster happens and should make a positive impact on how an NGO functions during and after a disaster. We’re basically facilitating logistics, which is simply defined as the movement of goods, information and finances.

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What Partnership Really Means
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At CARE, our mission is to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world. We place special emphasis on working with women since they have the power to help lift themselves, their families and entire communities out of poverty. Girls and women are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity, and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, helping people rebuild their lives.

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Serving Those Who Serve Us All: UPS Signs ESGR Statement of Support
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Today, I am helping to organize a ceremony at UPS headquarters, where UPS will sign the Statement of Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a 40-year U.S. Armed Forces initiative that promotes cooperation and understanding between members of the military and civilian employers. This gives us the opportunity to show the more than 23,500 UPS employees who’ve served – or are now serving – in the Guard or Reserves that we proudly stand behind their service. It gives us an opportunity to say “thank you”.

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The UPS Foundation and NYLC: Using Community Service to Improve Education
NYLC

What if school districts believed that students could use what they’re learning in the classroom to solve real-world problems? And they made space for students and teachers to do that?

That’s the question that underlies the National Youth Leadership Council’s (NYLC) partnership with the UPS Foundation and three pilot districts across the United States. At NYLC, we work to mobilize young people in service to their communities and schools – not just as an after-school volunteer activity, but as a strategic, engaging part of their classroom experience. This process is called service-learning, and it can have powerful effects on learning, social development, and civic involvement throughout adulthood.

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ToolBank USA: Transforming Humanitarian Response
ToolBank USA

I was working at a homeless shelter in 2000 when I went to the Atlanta Community ToolBank to pick up tools for a volunteer project. Once described as “Home Depot on steroids”, I was awestruck by the thousands of shovels and rakes, hundreds of cordless drills and ladders, dozens of generators and miter saws, and nearly 170 other tool types ready for borrowing by charitable organizations.

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