UPS donates $100,000 to Girls Inc.

November 07, 1998|By Scott Butki

The United Parcel Service Foundation delivered a $100,000 grant Friday to Girls Inc. of Washington County.

"Thank you very much. This is so overwhelming. This is a wonderful acknowledgement," said Maureen Grove, executive director of the 49-year-old national nonprofit organization. The group seeks to empower girls to become self-sufficient, responsible citizens.

About 50 to 60 girls come daily to the Hagerstown office of Girls Inc., off Washington Avenue in the city's West End. Many of them helped paint a sign, complete with painted hand prints, thanking UPS for the donation. They were also present at Friday's check-passing ceremony.

Girls Inc. provides after school, evening and weekend programs for girls ages 5 to 18. They offer programs and activities ranging from pregnancy prevention to snow skiing.


The $100,000 allows the organization to make improvements which would have been impossible without the money, Grove said.

They will buy 12 new computers for their technology center, she said. They will start wiring the computers as early as this weekend, she said. The organization plans to offer computer classes to families of the girls, she said.

The group will also buy a van, which it will use to take members to local activities and pick them up from school, she said. Some of the money will also be used to renovate their playground and buy new gymnastics equipment, she said.

The UPS Foundation identifies and rewards organizations which it feels are having a positive impact on the community. The foundation gave away $19.7 million in 1997.

Girls Inc. was one of 22 finalists for the grant in this region, said E. Sean Bickle, the UPS industrial engineering manager for the Atlantic and East Coast Region. Ultimately it was decided that the group was the most deserving of the grant.

"They have shown outstanding contributions to their community," Bickle said.

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