Atlanta, August 26, 2009
Assistance Critical to Enabling Red Cross to Respond to Disasters in the United States
The American Red Cross today recognized UPS for its support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program. The UPS Foundation is making a $250,000 cash donation and $250,000 in-kind donation to facilitate the transportation of supplies to sites in need of disaster preparation.
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga, UPS is one of the newest members of the Annual Disaster Giving program, solidifying its position as one of the Red Cross’ most committed supporters. UPS has been a partner and contributor to the organization for several years in disaster relief, blood contributions and local volunteerism. In its new role as a member of the Annual Disaster Giving Program, UPS will contribute financially as well as provide logistics, shipping and warehouse support, which allows the Red Cross to strategically preposition supplies to more effectively respond to the needs of those affected by disaster.
"Thanks to the support of UPS and other companies and foundations, the Red Cross has a reliable funding base for disaster relief services," said Gail McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. "This enables the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disaster anywhere in the United States, providing food, shelter, mental health counseling, and other essential assistance to disaster victims."
UPS and other members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program pledge donations on an on-going basis, in advance of major disasters, to help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income.
"UPS has rapidly become a global leader in supporting disaster preparedness and response. It's an area where we are bringing together our assets, capabilities and logistics expertise to support our communities," said Ken Sternad, president of The UPS Foundation. "The American Red Cross is the type of organization that we are proud to partner with in this effort."
"UPS is regarded as a strong and responsible corporate presence here in Atlanta," said Tim English, CEO of the Atlanta Red Cross. "Their generous support of the Annual Disaster Giving program will help our organization to better prepare the nation for disasters and other emergencies."
"The generous donations by members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program help the Red Cross assist victims of disaster and support volunteers who work tirelessly at the disaster scene," said Jeffrey Towers, Chief Development Officer at the American Red Cross. "All money donated by the program members and by the general public is essential to our ability to serve the mission of the Red Cross."
Other members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program include major leading companies such as American Express, AXA Foundation, ConAgra Foods, GE Foundation, FedEx Corporation, John Deere Foundation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Merck & Co, Inc., Morgan Stanley, The Nationwide Foundation, Raytheon Company, Ryder, State Farm, State Street Foundation, Target, The TJX Companies, Inc. and UnitedHealth Group.
People can join the Annual Disaster Giving Program members in supporting the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and help provide food, shelter, counseling and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year. Visit www.redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.
Help people affected by disasters by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P. O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.