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THE UPS FOUNDATION CONTRIBUTES US$40,000 (1.4 MILLION THB) TO SUPPORT THAI VOLUNTEER SERVICE’S INITIATIVES

Grant funds refurbish community school in Chiang Rai and training program for volunteer teachers  
From left to right: Nantanut Pichsakul, UPS HR Manager, and Tan Boon Tiam, Managing Director of UPS Thailand, presenting a check to Aree Aporn, Thai Volunteer Service Senior Manager, Citizen Volunteer Program, Kannika Kuankachorn, Thai Volunteer Service Senior Executive Advisor and Member of Committee, and Ms.Vattana Narkpradit, Thai Volunteer Service Senior Supervisor, Human Rights Volunteer Program.
The UPS Foundation contributed US$40,000 to the Thai Volunteer Service Foundation refurbish a community school in Chiang Rai and establish a training program for its volunteer teachers.
 
“Our vision is to provide every youth from the local community with access to education. This starts with providing a conducive, safe learning environment, and our volunteers are working closely with Thai Volunteer Service to renovate a school in the remote Huay Hin Lad Nok Community,” said Tan Boon Tiam, Managing Director of UPS Thailand.
 
“UPS also believes in creating sustainable solutions. This is why we are working with Thai Volunteer Service to develop a self-sustaining program where volunteer teachers are recruited and trained on a regular basis to ensure there is a ready pool of educators,” Tan added.

In line with UPS’s pledge to contribute 20 million global volunteer hours by the end of 2020, UPS employees will travel to the Huay Hin Lad Nok Community later this year to to renovate the school.

“There is disparity within every community, caused by various factors. UPS promotes volunteering and that is consistent with our belief that in order to achieve a just and peaceful society, everyone from all levels of society have to contribute to its development,” said Aree Aporn, Senior Manager of Thai Volunteer Service’s Citizen Volunteer Program. “UPS’s support enables Thai Volunteer Service to give underprivileged children in our community equal access to education without having to be separated from their families for long periods of time during their pursuit of education.”
 
UPS has been volunteering and donating to Thai communities for many years.  Past projects include:
  • Sponsoring free cleft lip surgeries to 60 children in Nakorn Srithamarat Province through a joint effort with Operation Smile in 2014,
  • Working with the Rajapruek Institute Foundation in 2015 to follow in the late King Bhumibol’s pursuit of regenerating forest from degraded farm land, including nourishing the degraded farm land, installing a water management system and using a few soil enrichment techniques to grow select tree species

The UPS Foundation has issued grants every year to various non-government organizations (NGOs) whose focus areas align with UPS’s four community priorities: Diversity, Environmental Sustainability, Community Safety and Volunteerism. In 2016, UPS volunteers contributed 2.7 million volunteer hours.
 
About The UPS Foundation
 
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116 million in charitable giving around the world.
 
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