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UPS lauded for United Way donation efforts

April 10, 2002|BY ANDREA ROWLAND

andreabh@herald-mail.com

United Parcel Service employees in Hagerstown helped the delivery company surpass $50 million in contributions in 2001 to United Way campaigns nationwide, UPS spokesmen said Tuesday morning during a small ceremony at the UPS warehouse on Oak Ridge Drive.

"Now whenever people see a large brown truck not only can they be confident UPS is delivering packages on time, they can be confident UPS is delivering help," said Bill McCloy, communications manager for UPS' Atlantic District.

"That's the total package," said District Communications Manager James W. Hamlin.

UPS last year surpassed General Motors as the biggest contributor to United Way with about $52.2 million in corporate and employee contributions, Hamlin said.

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UPS is the first company in United Way's 115-year history to contribute more than $50 million during one annual giving campaign, he said.

"It's your contribution to the community that makes that difference," Hamlin told the estimated 40 UPS drivers gathered between the brown delivery trucks sandwiched in the Hagerstown warehouse.

UPS will honor its employees at facilities across the country throughout April, McCloy said.

United Way of Washington County officials and representatives from three United Way member agencies - Girls Inc., Boys & Girls Club of Washington County and the Community Free Clinic - thanked local UPS employees for their support.

"Without United Way, we wouldn't exist," said Amy Witmer, director of development for Girls Inc. United Way funds about half of the agency's programs, she said.

Buck Browning, director of operations for the Boys & Girls Club, told UPS workers that United Way helps fund programs that teach kids important life skills. United Way funds the Project Smart program, which covers social recreation, academic tutoring and teen pregnancy and substance abuse preventative efforts, Browning said.

United Way helps keeps medications stocked at the Community Free Clinic, and funds the clinic's prescription medication voucher program, Executive Director Jeff Downin said.

UPS contributed about $22,000 - including $15,000 in employee donations - to United Way of Washington County last year, making it the 10th largest corporate contributor in the county, United Way spokesman Bill Bulla said.

UPS employee contributions increased 6 percent in 2001.

"Last year we saw lots of ups and downs in the campaign, but UPS came through with a 6 percent increase," United Way Executive Director James Taylor said. "We can rely on UPS to provide steady support to United Way."

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