-- For the seventh consecutive year, UPS has set a new record for contributions to United Way. UPS, its employees and retirees pledged $59.3 million during the 2006 campaign to United Way for continuing support of those in need. In addition, UPS employees volunteered more than 800,000 hours of service around the world in 2006, much of it in the United States helping local communities by repairing schools, reading to children, landscaping for local organizations and assisting food banks.
"UPS and United Way share a common goal of building stronger communities and helping people," said UPS Chairman and CEO Mike Eskew. "We are so proud of our employees who deliver more than just packages - they deliver a helping hand to their neighbors through our partnership with United Way and other charities."
UPS and its employees' and retirees' commitment to create lasting, measurable change in local communities through United Way has continued to grow year after year. UPS is a leader in corporate philanthropy and an example for those across America who strive to make a difference. "UPS continues to raise the bar each year with their extensive engagement in communities," said United Way of America President Brian Gallagher. "UPS employees' generosity and commitment to making a difference in local communities across the country is unsurpassed. We are pleased to partner with UPS because of their emphasis on donating both time and money to improve lives and communities."
More than 246,000 UPS employees participated in this year's United Way campaign, contributing more than $51.3 million. The company then contributed an additional $8 million through The UPS Foundation. In the company's hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, UPS and its employees donated more than $4.45 million, the largest contribution to United Way of any Atlanta-based company.
About United Way
United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement in making a measurable impact in every community across America by focusing on the root causes of the most serious problems. The United Way movement includes over 1,300 community-based United Way organizations. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers. For more information about United Way of America, please visit: http://www.unitedway.org/.
About The UPS Foundation
Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its support will clearly impact social issues. The UPS Foundation's major initiatives currently include programs that support increased global volunteerism, literacy and hunger relief. In 2005, The UPS Foundation donated $43.5 million to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit community.ups.com for more information about UPS's community involvement.
UPS 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 flow of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS) and the company can be found on the Web at www.ups.com.