Support surpasses $6 million in grants, logistics and transportation, and collaboration with more than a dozen relief agencies deploying novel coronavirus initiatives. Relief spans local, national, and global efforts to provide urgent medical supplies, food and housing support, and financial assistance to aid recovery efforts.
The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship programmes for UPS (NYSE: UPS), has announced that it has expanded its response to the novel coronavirus, including new grant allocations, surpassing $6 million to United Nations agencies, humanitarian relief partners and community-based non-profit and international non-government organisations.
The relief support includes collaboration with more than a dozen organisations and the provision of in-kind transportation, supply chain consultation, and cash contributions to expedite the distribution of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and other life-sustaining activities for impacted individuals and communities.
"The UPS Foundation and UPS have extensive experience in helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from sudden onset and prolonged crises. This expertise enables us to provide critical support to our partners during this unprecedented time of need," said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation and UPS Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.
"The public-private partnerships we have developed around the world span years – even decades in some cases. We are able to work together, inspire each other, and rapidly deploy our support and logistics expertise to take meaningful actions that bring about life-sustaining results," he continued.
United Way Worldwide:
Providing families, children and the elderly with critical support, including food and financial assistance to aid recovery.
American Red Cross:
The organisation is now facing a severe blood shortage due to the unprecedented number of blood donation scheme cancellations. Funding will help sustain the vital blood supply needed by public health systems across America.
Bringing shelter and feeding programmes to the most vulnerable people in our communities.
Supporting the national response infrastructure in partnership with FEMA and the American Red Cross for individuals and small businesses in need. National counselling centres will provide emergency budgeting consultation and creditor management guidance to workers placed at risk by income interruptions.
Centre for Disaster Philanthropy:
Providing strategic council on private sector engagement efforts, including home food delivery and medical assistance to the elderly and other vulnerable individuals.
Providing needed materials for healthcare providers, including personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies and cleaning kits.
Providing aid to countries and regions lacking the healthcare infrastructure and social support systems needed to address novel coronavirus needs.
World Food Programme (WFP):
Overseeing and implementing the supply chain and delivery of critical supplies for all United Nations agencies and maintaining lifesaving operations, including pre-positioning stocks of food, mobile warehouses and tents for immediate delivery.
Supporting vulnerable populations in more than 19 countries by pre-positioning emergency supplies, providing water and hand-washing stations, and hygiene kits, and providing self-isolation kits for rapid response teams.
United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR):
Pre-positioning plastic tarpaulins and other required items, and providing emergency funding to support displaced families and help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus among displaced families.
International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent (IFRC):
Supporting community-based health activities, access to basic services, and information management, all of which are crucial to controlling the spread of the virus.
Supporting vulnerable populations by providing food, shelter and other social support.
The new grants are in addition to the support provided previously, through whichThe UPS Foundation and medical product donors and relief partners MAP International, MedShare and Good360 provided more than 4 million respirator masks, 11,000 protective suits and 280,000 nitrile gloves to healthcare workers.
Most recently, UPS announced its participation in the White House Rapid-Response Taskforce for Coronavirus Testing Sites, providing logistics planning and operations to support drive-through patient test facilities and deliver testing kits and test samples.
The UPS Foundation is a key consultative partner with the global coalitions organising private sector engagement, including the Private Sector Roundtable of the Global Health Security Agenda, the World Economic Forum Pandemic Supply Chain Network and the World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform.
In 2019, The UPS Foundation responded to 28 major world disasters, providing in-kind support of humanitarian aid and relief across 74 countries – almost $6.5 million worth of in-kind services – including loaned experts and relief shipments leveraging UPS owned and contracted global networks in the air, on the ground (road and rail) and at sea. Throughout 2019, The UPS Foundation invested more than $20 million in funding, in-kind contributions, and technical support for community safety initiatives to enhance preparedness, urgent disaster response and recovery, public health strengthening, and road safety.
How UPS is responding to the coronavirus.
Since being founded in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programmes that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programmes and is responsible for facilitating community involvement in local, national, and global communities. In 2019, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $123.8 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter.
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