UPS Vietnam organises for volunteering

December 10, 2016 | 09:29
UPS, a global leader in logistics, organised a series of meaningful community activities for the 14th Global Volunteer Month to help underprivileged children and other disadvantaged groups in both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Spearheaded by the UPS Foundation, the global philanthropic and corporate citizenship arm of UPS, the shipping firm participated in Global Volunteer Month during October, and mobilised volunteers from UPS branches around the world to engage in a variety of service activities.

This year, over 160 volunteers – all UPS Vietnam employees and their families and friends – contributed more than 1,200 hours to numerous community initiatives.

Notably, in collaboration with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, UPS employees connected with An Qui kindergarten to provide classroom equipment, set up landscapes, and spend time with the children. Simultaneously, UPS employees taught English, made lunch, and conducted quiz games at the Thien Phuc Home for disabled children.

UPS Vietnam co-operated with the Netherlands-Vietnam Medical Committee to build houses and provide waste storage facilities for poor women in the southern province of Ben Tre’s Binh Dai district.

Another volunteer activity was setting up new equipment for a library and giving gifts to the students of At Suoi Thuong primary school. The UPS staff also cooked meals for the blind at Huynh De Nhu Nghia Home.

Along with the meaningful community activities, UPS Vietnam, through the UPS Foundation, donated a total of $87,000 to non-governmental organisations, including the Saigon Children’s Charity and the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.

“Vietnam has made substantial improvements in helping disadvantaged people integrate into the community in recent years. Giving back through the 14th Global Volunteer Month is a common responsibility, and UPS as well as UPS Vietnam are proud to contribute some part in helping those who are most in need,” said Daryl Tay, managing director of UPS Vietnam.

UPS recently became a founder of IMPACT 2030, a private sector-led global collaboration between the United Nations, the private sector, and civil society organisations. IMPACT 2030 aims to mobilise employee volunteers to contribute toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The efforts of UPS Vietnam volunteers during the Global Volunteer Month will support UPS’ pledge to complete 20 million hours of global volunteerism by the end of 2020. Since 2011, UPS has contributed more than 10 million volunteer hours toward its ‘20 million by 2020’ goal.

Established in 1907, UPS specialises in offering a broad range of solutions, including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business.

UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programmes that provide long-term solutions to communities in need.

Founded in 1951, the UPS Foundation leads global citizenship programmes for UPS, which include philanthropy, corporate relations, and community engagement in local, national, and international communities. In 2014, UPS and its employees both active and retired invested more than $104 million into charitable activities around the world.

By By Ha Vy

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