Welcome to upside

volunteerism

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

How a Day of Service Puts Things in Perspective
soup kitchen

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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.

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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.

Read More »

Delivering Good Through Volunteering: The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
UPSer volunteering at a coat drive

On Monday, millions of Americans and people across the world will honor Dr. King’s legacy through community volunteering. UPS is proud to be based in Dr. King’s hometown of Atlanta.

UPS’s founder, Jim Casey, shared Dr. King’s commitment for community service. Jim and his siblings founded the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) in 1948 to honor their mother, who struggled to raise the family as a young widow. Financed by Jim’s personal fortune, AECF serves as an advocate for at-risk children and families.

Read More »