Atlanta, April 7, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, TheUPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS),announced it will donate more than $9 million toward communitysafety initiatives focused on enhancing disaster response,recovery, and emergency preparedness through enhanced technologyinfrastructure and road safety initiatives. To underscore theimportance of humanitarian supply chain capabilities, UPS willdeploy UPS Relief Link TM, humanitarian supply chainsolutions that strengthen the tracking of critical relief supplies.UPS is working with the United Nations High Commissioner forRefugees (UNHCR) to provide better visibility of the journey ofurgently needed items through the last mile of delivery torefugees. Community Safety is one of four pillars The UPS Foundation lendsboth its financial support and logistics expertise to servecommunities worldwide. Under this pillar, The UPS Foundationaddresses humanitarian relief initiatives through disasterpreparedness, as well as relief and recovery efforts. In addition to making the UPS Relief Link program more widelyavailable, The UPS Foundation is also awarding $1 million to CARE,a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, toimplement the Aidmatrix supply chain management platform, calledSCM4Good. These technology tools include commodity tracking, assetmanagement and fleet optimization modules to increase thevisibility of global inventories, thus speeding relief and recoveryefforts. "Each year, millions of people are impacted by natural disastersall over the world," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPSFoundation. "We believe we can help reduce the subsequent humansuffering by collaborating with our partners and to helpcommunities better prepare for the unexpected. Our strong expertisein logistics and supply chain management demonstrates the value weplace on equipping individuals and businesses with the skills,information and resources to ensure communities are betterprepared." Being a leader in global logistics services begins with theroad. Road safety is also part of the Community Safety pillar,where UPS leverages its expertise in safe driving to develop robusteducational programs that pass on this expertise to youngdrivers.
As road conditions vary around the globe, particularly indeveloping nations, The UPS Foundation devotes many of its roadsafety grants to nonprofit organizations in international regionsthat may have unsafe road infrastructures. From Latin America toSoutheast Asia, The UPS Foundation's contributions support helmetprotection for drivers on motorized vehicles, as well as trainingyoung drivers how to navigate dangerous road conditions and tipsfor traveling with young passengers onboard."The UPS Foundation is heavily invested in ensuring drivers areeducated about safe driving practices in their region," Martinezcontinued. "For more than 100 years, we've been committed to safedriving and will continue to implement innovative and interactiveprograms that bring UPS's road safety knowledge to drivers aroundthe world." The UPS Foundation's community safety grants will supportseveral organizations that provide humanitarian relief, totalingmore than $6.6 million and include:
- The Aidmatrix Foundation,Good360, UNHCR, UNICEF and theWorld Food Programme will receive grants thatbenefit technology and supply chain initiatives to improve back-endprocesses and tracking behind humanitarian relief efforts.
- The American Red Cross, CARE,MedShare, National Voluntary Organizations Active inDisaster, Operation Hope, Salvation Army and St.Bernard Project will benefit from ongoing support fordisaster relief efforts, including providing food, shelter andother essential recovery needs.
- Grants for ongoing emergency preparedness and training programsfor American families and businesses will be awarded to theAdvertising Council and Safe AmericaFoundation.
- In order to collectively address global challenges, thefollowing organizations will receive grants to strengthen communityresilience through greater public/private partnerships. Theyinclude InterAction, the United NationsOffice for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs andthe U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation CorporateCitizenship Center.
- The Georgia Tech Foundation will receivescholarship dollars for students in its International HumanitarianLogistics program.
- The Boys & Girls Club of Canada,Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V, Hands onShanghai and UK Youth will receive grantsto expand the UPS Road Code safety program in Canada, Germany,China and the UK.
- The Asia Injury PreventionFoundation will receive a grant for its Helmets for Kidsprogram in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.
- Grants for ongoing emergency preparedness training and safedriving educational programs will be awarded to CitizenshipEducation Fund, FIA Foundation andFundaciόn Gonzalo Rodrίguez.
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