UPS Foundation Supports Program to Increase Employment Opportunity for Americans with Disabilities
New York, NY, May 31, 2012 — This week, The UPS Foundation announced a new grant of $100,000 towards the National Organization on Disability's (NOD) Bridges to Business program, which creates links between jobseekers with disabilities and employers who want to hire them. With The UPS Foundation's renewed support, NOD will work with employers to expand economic and career opportunities for Americans with disabilities and communicate what we learn for greater impact.
The UPS Foundation’s 2012 grant is the latest in a longstanding partnership with the disability organization. UPS’s past support of NOD has included grants toward emergency preparedness for people with disabilities after 9/11, and toward career assistance for veterans with disabilities through NOD’s Wounded Warrior Careers program, and towards NOD’s own communications efforts, including a redesigned website.
Said Carol Glazer, NOD President, “The support of The UPS Foundation has been crucial to NOD’s organizational growth, and our ability to pilot unique programming like Bridges to Business. We are extremely grateful for UPS’s partnership in supporting efforts to ensure that our country’s workforce includes the many talents of Americans with disabilities.”
About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE:UPS) is the world's largest package delivery company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. 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. UPS promotes community involvement through its ongoing volunteerism and grant programs, environmental sustainability and corporate philanthropy. The Foundation was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for its diversity-related philanthropy. The company can be found on the web at UPS.com.
The National Organization on Disability is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 54 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. The organization’s current focus is on increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. Current employment programs benefit individuals with disabilities looking for employment, high school students with disabilities transitioning into the workforce, seriously wounded, ill, and injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and employers seeking to become more diverse by expanding existing diversity initiatives to include people with disabilities.