Release Date: 30 October 2007
Release ID: 634
As UPS (NYSE:UPS) continues to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2007, its employees around the globe plan to devote thousands of hours giving back to their communities this week during the company's annual Global Volunteer Week.
Now in its fifth year, Global Volunteer Week was started to extend the company's long-standing commitment to volunteerism. For the entire year, the company's employees are expected to donate more than 1 million volunteer hours in 2007.
UPS's involvement with communities dates back to the early days of the company under founder Jim Casey.
"UPS was founded on the philosophy that volunteering is essential to healthy communities," said Mike Eskew, chairman and CEO. "Global Volunteer Week builds on this spirit of volunteerism by giving employees an opportunity to improve their communities."
More than 35,000 employees will participate in activities around the world from planting trees in India to transporting food in New York. Global Volunteer Week projects were chosen by UPS employees in each participating country. The following are just a few examples of the volunteer tasks:
* In Atlanta, employees will provide logistical support for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk.
* In Germany, employees will spend 430 hours organizing a distribution network for 700 schools in Berlin.
* In Greece, employees will volunteer 150 hours assisting with disaster relief planning for the Greek Red Cross.
* In the Philippines, employees will volunteer 2,100 hours clearing farm land and planting trees at school.
Visit community.ups.com for more information about UPS's community involvement.
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