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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
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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
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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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How a Day of Service Puts Things in Perspective
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Yesterday we celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day when we’re encouraged to participate in acts of service in our community. “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve,” Dr. King said in 1968.

I started working for UPS in 2011 and one of the first things that caught my eye was the emphasis placed on volunteering and giving back to the community. It’s not something that is just talked about around holidays like Martin Luther King Jr. Day or Thanksgiving – it’s something that’s encouraged throughout the year.

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Some History of Sustainability with UPS
1936 UPS Electric Package Cars

As the UPS Archivist, I spend a lot of time researching documents that reveal our history and the stories of our people.

So in my search through the UPS Archives – while looking for something else I might add – I came across this document from 1933 asking for the funds for three new “Gould Batteries for two ton Walker Electric Trucks.”  These new batteries were to replace three “very old and almost useless” batteries in package cars that were serving in New York City at the time.

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UPS Drivers Rock!
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With 102,000 drivers delivering over 15 million packages on a normal business day, UPS drivers are a familiar sight in communities across the country. If you’re a small business owner or an avid online shopper, you’re probably even on a first name basis with your driver.

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Food Delivered Where It’s Needed Most: Humanitarian Relief with the World Food Programme
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At UPS, we understand that logistics can save lives. When disaster strikes, we team up with the World Food Programme (WFP) – among other humanitarian partners – to deliver much-needed aid to vulnerable populations all over the world. We recently facilitated a flight to Entebbe, Uganda, carrying 92 metric tons of High Energy Biscuits (HEBs) to assist WFP efforts in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where civil conflict has driven many people out of their homes and into hunger.

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