UPS de­liv­ers help to St Pa­trick’s Foun­da­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

THE PHIL­AN­THROPIC arm of the United Par­cel Ser­vice (UPS), the world’s largest pack­age-de­liv­ery com­pany, has as­sisted the St Pa­trick’s Foun­da­tion in Ja­maica with much-needed re­sources to es­tab­lish a com­puter lab at the char­ity’s head of­fice in Seav­iew Gar­dens, St An­drew.

UPS, which is also a provider of sup­ply-chain man­age­ment so­lu­tions, do­nated US$20,000 that has as­sisted in pur­chas­ing 12 com­put­ers, two of which will be utilised by the River­ton Mead­ows Early Child­hood Cen­tre. In ad­di­tion, the chil­dren at the in­sti­tu­tion will also ben­e­fit from the con­struc­tion of a perime­ter fence and up­grad­ing work to be un­der­taken on the fa­cil­ity’s play­ground and nurs­ery.

Ac­cord­ing to Charn­ley Con­way, vice-pres­i­dent of hu­man re­sources and la­bor re­la­tions for Canada, Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean, UPS rou­tinely con­trib­utes to wor­thy projects in the coun­tries in which it op­er­ates.

“We rely heav­ily on the rec­om­men­da­tions of UPS em­ploy­ees in these coun­tries. UPS Ja­maica ap­prised us of the work of the St Pa­trick’s Foun­da­tion in the west Kingston in­ner-city com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing pro­grammes to help the ci­ti­zens gain skills, re­me­dial ed­u­ca­tion and care for the aged and nurs­eryschool chil­dren,” Con­way said.

“We are pleased to pro­vide this grant which, we have been ad­vised, will as­sist on up­grad­ing a com­puter lab at the St Pa­trick’s Foun­da­tion Seav­iew Gar­dens head­quar­ters and the up­grad­ing of fa­cil­i­ties at the River­ton Early Child­hood Cen­tre, in­clud­ing the play­ground and nurs­ery,” he added.

UPS founder Jim Casey es­tab­lished the UPS Foun­da­tion in 1951 with the mis­sion to help build stronger and more re­silient com­mu­ni­ties around the world. In 2015, the com­pany in­vested nearly $2.3 mil­lion in vol­un­teer hours and more than $110 mil­lion in their global com­mu­ni­ties.

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