February 11, 2015 15:37 ET

The UPS Foundation Grants USD$30,000 to the YMCA d'Haiti Literacy Program

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI--(Marketwired - Feb 11, 2015) - The UPS Foundation, the division of UPS (NYSE: UPS) that leads global citizenship programs, today announced a USD$30,000 contribution to help fund the YMCA d'Haiti Literacy Program, an initiative designed to teach, develop and improve reading and literacy skills to youth, women and seniors in Haiti.

The UPS Foundation's grant will provide funding for the YMCA d'Haiti Literacy Program in two of its community centers in Port-au-Prince and Laboule to serve children, young adults, women and seniors at each center. Participants will benefit from enhanced activities, including various literacy initiatives aimed at promoting reading across various age groups. One of the projects that will receive support from the grant will be the Literacy Community Leaders, a program aimed at enhancing reading and leadership skills for teens and young adults, through tutoring and volunteering activities in the community.

The UPS Foundation hosted a donation ceremony at YMCA d'Haiti on Jan. 30, 2015 to present a check to the local organization. The event welcomed UPS corporate executives and YMCA d'Haiti staff members, including Pedro Capote, UPS Caribbean country manager, Charnley Conway, UPS Americas Region vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Alix Apollon, UPS Americas Region vice president & Regional Legal Counsel, Gwénaël Apollon, General Secretary, YMCA d'Haïti and Roges Lamothe, Board Chair, YMCA d'Haïti.

"With the country's literacy rate at 53 percent, we're humbled and honored to provide support to programs that generate impact by directly providing resources to the communities in Haiti," said Capote. "We hope that our contribution to YMCA d'Haiti, as well as other organizations around the world, provides people with more access to quality programs and helps improve and transform their lives."

About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, 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. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads UPS's global citizenship programs which facilitate community involvement in local, national, and global communities. In 2013, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $102 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at To get UPS news direct, visit

About The YMCA d'Haiti
The YMCA was introduced in Haiti for the first time in 1966, with support from various YMCA movements in the 1970's and 80's, the YMCA of Canada and a group of Haitians proposed a YMCA to be established in Haiti in 1999. In 2001, the YMCA World Alliance and (CIDA) Canada's International Development Agency agreed to help finance the YMCA d'Haiti. In 2013 the YMCA d'Haiti achieved several milestones; served 5,000 youth and adults, built three new community centers, created an active board of directors, grew annual budget to $300,000 with local and YMCA contributions, and developed 15 partnerships with Haiti.

In 2014, the YMCA of Haiti made a giant step by inaugurating the sixth community center in Marchand Dessalines, which allows the organization to serve 7,000 youths and adults. In addition, the YMCA d'Haiti has been accepted by the World Alliance of YMCA as a full member. In 2015, we are continuing to attain the objectives as defined in our strategic plan, illustrated by the construction of a new YMCA community center in Caracol.

The YMCA d'Haiti is now well established in several different communities in the country: Port-au-Prince, Laboule, Kenscoff, Camp-Perrin, Marchand Dessalines, Croix-des-Bouquets and Caracol. Plans are being considered for Carrefour Gressier, Massé and Milot. The Goal for 2016 is to have ten community centers to serve 10,000 youth and adults around the country.

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