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Arbor Day Foundation: Planting Trees and Inspiration
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The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Founded in 1972, the centennial of the first Arbor Day observance in the 19th century, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners.

The impact the Arbor Day Foundation makes on our world is accomplished through our conservation and education programs.

We have a long and storied history of delivering trees to individuals who plant them in their yards, on their acreages, at schools, and in their neighborhoods, enriching America’s communities and countryside. Over the last 43 years, the Arbor Day Foundation has delivered more than 200 million trees to millions of members, supporters, and avid tree planters in every state across America.

Each year, the millions of trees distributed by the Arbor Day Foundation take root and thrive as a living reminder that we can each make our future more certain by performing the simple act of planting a tree.

UPS and Arbor Day Foundation have a strong relationship dating back to 2008. UPS has supported critical tree planting projects in forests in an effort to help counter carbon that is released into the atmosphere when fossil fuels are burned.

As a result, the support of UPS has made possible the planting of more than 400,000 trees in our forests across the country and around the world such as Plumas National Forest in California, Seminole State Forest in Florida, and the Boreal Forest in Canada.

For the past few years, UPS employees have rolled up their sleeves to join Arbor Day Foundation in helping to preserve the Earth’s forests, contributing to a healthier global environment for this and future generations to enjoy.

The trees planted by UPS will help sequester atmospheric carbon, restore forest lands to their once majestic glory or enrich neighborhood landscapes, restore wildlife habitat, stabilize soils to reduce pollution and yield clean water, and enhance recreation opportunities. On behalf of our one million members and our team, we thank UPS for your generous support and look forward to many more years working together.

Dan Lambe Arbor Day Foundation

 

 

 

 

Dan Lambe is President of the Arbor Day Foundation

Visit the Arbor Day Foundation Dynamic Map to see where UPS has planted trees around the world: www.arborday.org/ups

Please read the 2014 UPS Corporate Sustainability Report and also create your Sustainability Avatar.

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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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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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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A Month of Giving: Global Volunteer Month 2012 in Review
UPS Global Volunteer Month

The end of October marked the conclusion of the tenth annual Global Volunteer Month at UPS. At the start of the month, UPS set the goal of 195,000 volunteer hours—a goal we met and exceeded with more than 200,000 logged volunteer hours. And while the UPS tradition of giving back to the community continues throughout the year, October represents a highpoint of UPS corporate responsibility and charitable involvement.

Below are a few highlights and a photo album showcasing Global Volunteer Month activities from around the world. Enjoy.

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Global Volunteer Month 2012: Infographic
UPSer volunteering at a coat drive

October 2012 is the tenth consecutive Global Volunteer Month at UPS. While UPS people are encouraged to give back to their communities year-round, Global Volunteer Month mobilizes thousands of UPS employees from every hemisphere in a wide range of volunteer events and activities.

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Culture Shock … or How I Learned to Pick Up a Hammer at Work
UPS volunteers

I spent a good deal of my career in darkened television studios, the dim light creating a culture of familiarity of worn jeans and open gossip. Coming to UPS has been, well, a change.

And that’s not a bad thing. I mean, yes, there are a lot more meetings and high heels in this life. Conversations stay above board and on topic. But this job gives me a sense of purpose and encourages me to think creatively about how we can help others—what we offer our customers and our communities.

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UPS Celebrates Global Volunteer Month: Video
UPS Global Volunteer Month

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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Living United
Jerry Mattes

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. 

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Delivering on the Promise: UPSer Joseph Sosa Honored for Volunteer Service in Colombia
Joseph Sosa

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.

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