Monday, October 15, 2007

UPS Employees Around the World Launch Global Volunteer Week

ATLANTA — As 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.

UPS, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2007, is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

This volunteerism program offers diverse activities that benefit communities around the world. For example, UPS employees in Atlanta will provide support for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer walk, employees in Greece will volunteer 150 hours assisting with disaster relief planning for the Greek Red Cross, and in the Philippines, employees will volunteer to clear farmland and plant trees at schools.

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