For the tenth consecutive year, UPSers around the globe are coming together during October to participate in Global Volunteer Month. Joining with international organizations such as Special Olympics, The United Way, and The Salvation Army, as well as local groups such as animal shelters and soup kitchens, UPS people are working towards a goal of giving 195,000 volunteer hours during the month. Take a look at the video below to hear The UPS Foundation President Ed Martinez introducing Global Volunteer Month.
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Bid on a round of golf with Lee in the United Way auction on eBay. Lee has been a UPS Ambassador since 2009, rising to the summit of world golf, reaching World Number One in November 2010. Lee has won 22 tournaments on the European Tour as well as tournaments in America, Africa, Asia and Australia.
To jump start the 2012 United Way campaign, UPS has donated more than 80 items you can bid on in the auction, including:
- A round of golf with world champion professional golfer Lee Westwood at Jupiter Hills Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
- Sports collectibles autographed by champion athletes, coaches and stars, such as race-worn items from NASCAR driver of the #99 UPS Ford Carl Edwards as well as other items from Roush Fenway Racing
- NCAA® tickets and exclusive merchandise
- Premium LIVE NATION concert tickets to see top artists perform at select venues across the country
Speaking at Fortune Brainstorm Green 2012, UPS COO David Abney described the maturation of sustainability at UPS as a priority for customers, employees, the Board of Directors and other stakeholders in the organization.
“The terminology [of sustainability] has changed, but it’s changed for very sound business reasons,” Abney said, adding that customers have become a powerful catalyst for sustainability in recent years.
“What really has changed is the number of customers looking at us to manage their supply chains from an environmental perspective. Customers were demanding we pay attention (to sustainability),” he said in response to questions from Fortune reporter Geoff Colvin.
My journey with United Way started about 30 years ago. I only did it because I was asked. As the years passed and I became more aware of United Way’s work, I realized that giving was simply the right thing to do. Living United means making our community a better place. I’ve contributed money through our United Way campaign but when I became the 2012 Orange County United Way Campaign Chair, I really got to see where those contributions were going. To me, the end of the line is about the people whose lives are being changed because of the generosity of our community. It shows that no matter how much you give, your support does make a difference.
UPS and United Way are auctioning items — with a total value of over $40,000 — to benefit United Way. The proceeds will support United Way’s work to meet bold national goals related to education, financial stability and health. UPS donated more than 35 items for an auction on eBay’s MissionFish site.
The auction runs from July 18 through September 9, and will include dozens of unique items and priceless experiences. New auction items will be added every two weeks, for example:
A few weeks ago more than 750 UPS employees laced up their sneakers and hit the field at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. They joined 2,400 other runners and walkers during the third annual Walk United to help fight poverty. UPS was a Home Run Champion for the event that raised about $150,000 for food, medical care and shelter for families in need.
George Willis, president of the South California district, received the award for having the most volunteers at the event – a few UPS employees even made the trip from Las Vegas to participate.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the 10th anniversary of the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Conference in Newport Beach, Calif. As a member of Women’s Leadership Development at UPS, it was rewarding to see a group of women come together to make a difference in their communities. At the conference, they called on the membership to focus on early childhood literacy in their local communities. This call-to-action resonated with me as The UPS Store network has an exclusive program with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation—the Toys for Tots Literacy Program.
This past weekend I was honored to be included with more than 30 UPSers from around the U.S. and Canada to attend the Bank of America 500 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. David Ragan and the No. 6 Ford Fusion glowed under the night sky with the special UPS United Way paint scheme that continued our celebration of passing the $ 1 billion dollar mark in contributions to the United Way.
We were randomly selected to attend the race because we’ve logged hours in the Neighbor to Neighbor system, an internal system used to track UPS volunteer events and employee hours. I spoke with Elena Scanlon who told me, “I participate in many United Way volunteer activities. It’s just something that comes from my heart and I love doing it.”
In an era of automotive design homogeny, where every car looks the same and style is almost a thing of the past, it is always a treat to see a car or motorcycle from a bygone era and remember that vehicles used to have personality.
The only thing better than that is seeing 200 or more of these vehicles in the same place at the same time because they assembled for a charity car show to benefit United Way!
Half of one person’s joy is the experiencing of another person’s joy; when you make someone happy, it makes you happy, too. When you give, you’re both giving and receiving, which is far more rewarding than just receiving.
I’d like to share with you reasons as to why I volunteer with United Way. My hope is that you’ll be encouraged to join the many UPSers across the country to make a difference in the lives of others (if you haven’t done so already).