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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
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.

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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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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.

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UPSers Deliver for The 2011 Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Wheelchair Games
UPS volunteers

For years, I’ve worked behind the scenes on behalf of The UPS Foundation to coordinate the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) National Wheelchair Games.  Coordination for this event has always been a delight.  However, nothing truly compares to attending the Games with UPS volunteers, athletes, caregivers, family and friends of athletes, coaches and healthcare team members.  The excitement and energy from a host of supporters, the spirit of courage and determination from over 600 athletes and confidence that emanates from coaches are all too much to contain in one city! 

PVA was founded in 1946 to assist with a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of armed forces veterans who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.  Since 1988 UPS has provided more than $800,000 in funding as well as our logistical expertise to support the annual Wheelchair Games and PVA programs that benefit veterans with spinal cord injuries. 

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