SOURCE: UPS Latin America

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November 09, 2009 06:00 ET

UPS Delivered Volunteers to Communities Across the Globe

October Marks 7th Annual Global Volunteer Month

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - November 9, 2009) - UPS (NYSE: UPS) employees across the globe came together to give back to their communities by contributing their time, talent, and hands-on support to charitable organizations. UPS employees expect to surpass the 1.2 million volunteer hours donated in 2008, driven by the company's 7th Annual "Global Volunteer Month" during October.

Last year, UPS employees dedicated more than 140,000 hours to volunteer service in October alone throughout Latin America, the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Since the first Global Volunteer Month in 2003, the number of employee volunteers has grown from 1,000 to an estimated 20,000 that will participate worldwide this year.

To encourage even greater UPS participation this year, The UPS Foundation will donate $100,000 in a global employee contest, providing 10 UPS employees each a $10,000 charitable contribution to be donated to the non-profit agencies where they volunteered during Global Volunteer Month.

"Global Volunteer Month offers UPS employees the opportunity to give back to the communities where they live and work," said Steve Flowers, UPS Americas President. "This year, our volunteer efforts in Latin America focused on supporting local community-based agencies dedicated to providing services to those in need."

This year, UPS employees and their families in 18 different countries throughout the region logged about 5,000 volunteer hours during the month of October. Some of this year's volunteer activities included:

--  Brazil: Coordinated a food drive for the Banco de Alimentos -- an
    organization focused on eliminating the waste of food and minimizing the
    impact of starvation.
--  Chile: Painted the Escuela Especial E-791, a school for children with
    learning disabilities in Santiago.
--  Costa Rica: Collected educational materials and toys for
    underprivileged children with Aldeas Infantiles SOS Santa Ana in San Jose.
--  Colombia: Prepared food and provided recreational activities for
    children at Escuela Semillas de Mostaza in Bogota.
--  Honduras: Spent time with senior citizens at a local retirement home,
    San Vicente de Paul, located in Tegucigalpa.
--  Mexico: Supported the Delegación Cuauhtémoc, with reforestation
    efforts throughout the City.

"Volunteerism is something that binds us together as a company and makes us stronger," said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation. "I truly believe that people prefer to do business with, and work for, companies that act responsibly and care about the communities they serve."

UPS's Global Volunteer Month is one of the many examples of the company's long-standing commitment to volunteerism. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen.

About The UPS Foundation

Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation's major initiatives include programs that support community safety, nonprofit effectiveness, economic and global literacy, environmental sustainability and diversity. In 2008, The UPS Foundation donated $46.9 million to charitable organizations worldwide. Visit and for more information about UPS's community involvement and UPS Global Volunteer Month.

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