UPS funds $15M to community organisations in US
The UPS Foundation announced a $15 millions in funding for non-profit organisations around the world, with a focus on the United States. The funding will aid communities impacted by the novel coronavirus and support non-profits fulfilling their missions now and into the recovery phase.
The grants include an initial $1M directed toward urgent and immediate relief in the United States, including delivering life-sustaining healthcare supplies, providing essential food, supporting education, and sustaining financial security. The support reflects The UPS Foundation’s strategy of addressing immediate needs while also setting up people, communities and organisations for long-lasting success and recovery.
“For many local non-profit organisations, the dramatic increase in need, particularly in underserved communities, combined with the lack of volunteer support and uncertainty of ongoing funding, is creating a breaking point,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation and UPS chief diversity and inclusion officer.
“Communities rely on UPS to deliver life-saving supplies and vital necessities. By tapping into the power of The UPS Foundation, along with the incredible strength of UPSers working every day to sustain our communities and support our neighbours,” he continued. “We are addressing the needs of nonprofits who need our support now more than ever.”
UPS employees provide more than three million volunteer hours within their communities each year, and have the opportunity to request local grants for the organisations where they volunteer.
The grants will focus on underserved communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. Funding will go out to hundreds of organisations, in areas of need including: healthcare, education, financial sustainability, food security.