The UPS Foundation, which leads the global citizenship efforts of NEC Member UPS, recently announced the awarding of $16 million in grants for non-profit, non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies. The grants will focus on worldwide humanitarian relief, community resilience, and safety programs.
The UPS Foundation’s top priority is to leverage its philanthropy, the resources of UPS, and expertise of its employees to create public-private partnerships dedicated to advancing the resiliency of communities around the world. Through the grants, the foundation will expand upon its global partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Zipline in using drones to deliver life-saving blood, medicines, and vaccines to remote communities in nations including Rwanda. The world’s first national medical drone delivery network in Rwanda launched in October 2016, successfully making more than 4,000 drone deliveries and expediting over 7,000 units of blood to remote hospitals.
“This groundbreaking partnership with Gavi and Zipline provides access to life-saving medical supplies in only minutes rather than hours for millions of men, women and children in need. . . With this expansion, the reach of the drone program will double from 6 million to 12 million people across Rwanda,” said Eduardo Martinez, President of The UPS Foundation and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for UPS.
Other grant recipients include the American Red Cross, CARE USA, Good360, Operation Hope, UNICEF, World Food Program USA, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Corporate Citizenship Center.
The New England Council applauds UPS for its commitment to providing much needed assistance around the globe and wishes the best for the drone expansion in Rwanda. Read more in UPS’ pressroom and NASDAQ.