How UPS Comes Through for Typhoon Haiyan Survivors

Global package-shipping giant UPS is delivering in a huge way on aid to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines. The company’s charitable arm, the UPS Foundation, recently pledged $1 million in short-term and long-term cash grants to organizations active in typhoon recovery efforts.

The first $500,000 of this total sum is going out immediately, as grants for emergency-response and rescue. The recipients include the following five:

  • The UN World Food Programme, which will get $250,000 to put its Logistics Emergency Team program to work in the affected communities;
  • The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which will pick up $100,000 to aid the area’s youth;
  • CARE, which will collect $100,000 to use for immediate sheltering and food for displaced residents of all ages;
  • The Salvation Army, which will use $30,000 that UPS already gave it earlier this year for emergency response work; and
  • Medshare, which will take a $20,000 grant award and spend it on medical supplies for medical teams in the affected areas.

The foundation intends to continue to pour in help after this immediate wave of emergency-response activities. And that’s where the second $500,000 half comes in. It is in talks now with its partner organizations on what the communities will need over the coming months and intends to allocate this half-million remainder toward funding them accordingly.

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The foundation is also committing delivery trucks and technical experts to the effort, and it has assigned Oliver Bartolo, UPS logistics manager, to the UN World Food Programme’s Logistics Emergency Team in the Philippines to help its logistics group coordinate relief provisions to the hardest-hit areas. And this is where UPS’s obvious expertise in shipping and delivering goods makes it an especially useful partner for organizations such as these five. Not only can it offer very large cash awards for their efforts, but it can also assist them in moving relief supplies of all kinds to the areas the need them most, and do so in the shortest time frames possible.

Note that this is not the first time that UPS has come through for a disaster-stricken area. The foundation’s Global Humanitarian Relief Program has an extensive working history with most of the organizations listed above. For example, it coordinated with UNICEF earlier this year on delivering water aid to areas of west and central Africa that were in the grip of drought. And it teamed up with CARE in previous years for relief outreach to several natural-disaster-impacted sites, such as flooded zones of Sri Lanka.