A Month of Giving: Global Volunteer Month 2012 in Review
The end of October marked the conclusion of the tenth annual Global Volunteer Month at UPS. At the start of the month, UPS set the goal of 195,000 volunteer hours—a goal we met and exceeded with more than 200,000 logged volunteer hours. And while the UPS tradition of giving back to the community continues throughout the year, October represents a highpoint of UPS corporate responsibility and charitable involvement.
Below are a few highlights and a photo album showcasing Global Volunteer Month activities from around the world. Enjoy.
Zhengzhou, China- UPS International President Dan Brutto led a group of senior management from UPS Asia Pacific Region in an activity for the visually challenged. UPS volunteers rode bicycles and played games with the participants. Through this activity, the visually challenged had the opportunity to interact with people outside their community. These participants are members of the He Qin Public Welfare Association, an NGO that runs programs to help migrant children and the handicapped.
Vienna, Austria- UPS employees volunteered to help out at a homeless shelter, preparing and cooking dinner for those in need. They peeled 60 cucumbers, cut 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of tomatoes and prepared 180 pork chops. When the meals were ready they helped serve the residents
For the UPSers, the best part of the event was the applause from participants after the meal.
Atlanta, GA- This year, the UPS Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Allies Business Resource Group participated in the 2012 Atlanta Pride Parade. Over 40 UPSers and their family members marched in the parade to promote unity, visibility, and self-esteem among LGBT members in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States.
West Chester, PA- UPSers, their friends, and family members partnered with the Good Works Program to help 87-year old Ester Chambers restore her home. Ester, a retiree and 60-year West Chester resident, could no longer maintain her home due to arthritis. The UPS volunteers installed new siding, cleaned windows, painted, secured the frame, and installed insulation.
Check out the gallery below to see more Global Volunteer Month activities from around the world.