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Why Logistics Will Be The Key To Solving Hunger
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Like UPS, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is known for its logistics expertise. In addition to delivering lifesaving food assistance to some 80 million people in 82 countries each year, WFP also transports fuel, medical supplies and aid workers when emergency strikes and the international aid community mobilizes.

By building U.S. support and resources for the mission of WFP—the largest humanitarian agency on the planet—World Food Program USA delivers hope to communities struggling to survive natural disaster and conflict, children trying to succeed in the world’s poorest classrooms and parents and farmers working to put food on the table in the most challenging conditions. Read More »

WWF on Locally-Led Reforestation Projects
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WWF works to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. Recognizing that the problems facing our planet are increasingly more complex and urgent, we have refined the way we work with an ambitious new strategy that organizes our efforts around six key areas: forests, oceans, freshwater, wildlife, food and climate.

To date, The UPS Foundation has awarded $400,000 to WWF’s Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN), allowing us to support six individuals and 39 organizations—and counting!

EFN provides critical financial support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the skills and knowledge they need to address conservation challenges in their home countries. Read More »

A UPS Volunteer Shares His Tree-planting Story
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When I heard about the opportunity to plant trees at the Flight 93 National Memorial, I wanted to be a part of it.

Everyone remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. I was in sixth grade and only lived an hour away from the Flight 93 crash site. Read More »

The Conservation Fund: Conservation and Community
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For more than 30 years, The Conservation Fund has worked at the intersection of conservation and community. We believe that environmental protection and economic vitality must go hand in hand, and this longstanding principle guides our team every day.

With a presence in every state across the U.S., we have protected 7.5 million acres valued at more than $5 billion, including more than two million acres of forests valued at just short of $2 billion.

And, in many ways, our work is just beginning. Read More »

How Small Businesses Make a Big Difference
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Global ecommerce empowers businesses and their customers

Traveling the world for business and pleasure brings a tremendous amount of opportunities to learn and connect with people. When we founded cooper & ella women’s apparel, we wanted to make a positive impact through planned philanthropic giving. As part of our journey, we called on many domestic and international colleagues. Those relationships opened up many exciting places including Bangalore, India.

Bangalore has much in common with other thriving metropolitan areas around the world. Steeped in tradition and a rich heritage, the area has evolved to become a hub for global commerce, education and research. Its citizens work hard to provide for their families. A mixture of ancient temples and modern buildings blankets the landscape amidst a temperate climate that’s inviting to outdoor living and tourism. Read More »

Hope in the Heart of Africa
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Discovering inspiration and fulfillment amid the impoverished conditions of Swaziland.

Reprinted from Longitudes

In the driveway of my new adopted home, on a mountaintop in Swaziland, a beat-up Isuzu truck has replaced the BMW I once drove. The designer clothes that once filled my closets have been replaced by off-the-rack outfits from a department store. Instead of fancy shoes, I wear sandals and have given up the pedicures I used to get regularly.

Here, I’m no longer the owner of one of the largest marketing agencies in Canada. Instead of taking care of fortune 500 clients, my husband, Ian, and I care for babies born in outdoor latrines and left to die.

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About Janine Maxwell

Janine Maxwell is co-founder of Heart for Africa
As World Refugee Day Approaches, a UPSer Recalls Her Visit to Dadaab, the World’s Largest Refugee Camp
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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
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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
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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
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“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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