The UPS Foundation has expanded its response to the novel coronavirus, including new grant allocations, surpassing $6 million to United Nations agencies, humanitarian relief partners and community-based non-profit and international non-government organizations.
The relief support includes collaboration with more than a dozen organizations and the provision of in-kind transportation, supply chain consultation, and cash contributions to expedite the distribution of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and other life-sustaining activities for impacted individuals and communities.
“The UPS Foundation and UPS have extensive experience in helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from sudden onset and prolonged crises. That expertise enables us to provide critical support to our partners during this unprecedented time of need,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer.
“The public-private partnerships we have developed around the world span years – even decades in some cases. We’re able to work together, inspire each other, and rapidly deploy our support and logistics expertise toward meaningful actions to drive life-sustaining results,” he continued.
The new grant allocations will be provided to the following agencies: United Way Worldwide, American Red Cross, Salvation Army,
Operation Hope, Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Good360, UNICEF, World Food Programme, CARE, United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC), NVOAD.
The new grants are in addition to support provided previously, through which The UPS Foundation and medical product donors and relief partners MAP International, MedShare and Good360 provided more than 4 million respirator masks, 11,000 protective suits and 280,000 nitrile gloves to healthcare workers.