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Thanks a Billion, UPS!

This summer, UPS and its employees and retirees will reach the exceptional milestone of $1 billion in total contributions to United Way since the company began its annual workplace campaigns in 1982. To show appreciation, United Way is leveraging traditional and social media across the country to thank UPS drivers during the week of August 2-6.

Locally, Lycoming County United Way visited the UPS center in Williamsport on recently to personally thank the employees.

“We greatly appreciate the incredible generosity shown by our local UPS team,” said Scott N. Lowery, Lycoming County United Way executive director. “They have hosted employee campaigns for many years and consistently increased their gifts each year. It is clear the employees here care about our community and want to help our neighbors.”

“UPS is a driving force for change in our communities. The company and its employees continually raise the bar for United Way’s Global Corporate Leaders and are among our most valued partners,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “Reaching a billion dollars in giving is a remarkable milestone. It not only speaks to generosity that is second-to-none, it’s indicative of their tireless and unwavering commitment to strengthening communities and improving lives throughout the world.”

Lycoming County United Way is joining United Ways across the country and around the world to celebrate UPS drivers in their communities, including thanking their local UPS drivers on Facebook.

“UPS is proud to be able to provide funding to local United Ways. Throughout our history, we’ve found that we grow by investing not only in our business, but also in the communities we serve. Many people work in offices or factories. At UPS, we work in communities,” said John Moran, business manager, central Pennsylvania district. “ UPS’s philanthropic efforts reflect the need our employees see in the community every day. UPS is proud to have employees who volunteer their time and donate their money to improve communities in which they live and work.”

In 2009, UPS’s total philanthropy reached nearly $100 million, including more than $55 million from their 2009 workplace campaign. UPS has been the top corporate giver to United Way for nine of the last 10 years. UPS employees and their families also contributed more than 1.2 million hours of volunteer service last year through the company’s Global Volunteer Month and Neighbor-to-Neighbor program. UPS has twice won the United Way Spirit of America Award, United Way’s highest national honor for corporate citizenship and measurable community impact.

“To my knowledge, UPS is the first company ever to have contributed $1 billion through one organization, a tremendous accomplishment both for our employees and the communities that benefit from United Way services,” said The UPS Foundation President Ken Sternad. “Wherever there is a stop light or stop sign in America, there is likely a UPS driver passing by; they are part of the community, they see the needs, and they have been a key part of the $1 billion story. We appreciate the recognition that our drivers, and our company, is receiving from United Way.”

For more information about hosting an employee United Way campaign at a workplace, contact Lycoming County United Way at 570.323.9448 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              570.323.9448      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              570.323.9448      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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