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HandsOn Network, the volunteer arm of Points of Light Institute in the United States, announced today that it is activating two grants from The UPS Foundation designed to support its affiliates in areas directly impacted by the Gulf oil spill and build its capacity in the U.S. and internationally.
“UPS is a long-time partner of HandsOn Network, providing support that impacts both the quality and quantity of volunteer activation to address pressing community needs,” said Amy Smith, president, HandsOn Network. “Recent disaster events, including the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, bring to the forefront the critical need for increased capacity at our 250 HandsOn Action Centers around the world in managing volunteer opportunities.”
To support five affiliates in areas directly impacted by the Gulf oil spill, HandsOn Network is awarding $125,000 in grants. The funding, part of a $300,000 grant from The UPS Foundation one year ago, will help affiliates located in Gulf state and those supporting communities in the region become more operationally efficient. Specifically, it will provide funding for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Programs, Disaster Preparedness Training for nonprofits and volunteers and increase the amount of volunteer opportunities to support oil spill recovery.
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. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS