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UPS volunteers help a YWCA garden grow


Last fall, UPS made an important delivery to YWCA Alder Gardens, a housing community for single moms and their children.

YWCA Alder Gardens, located in Surrey, welcomed a group of 10 UPS volunteers, who spent the day working in the community garden—what Alder Gardens’ property manager Nina Abizadeh calls “the heart and soul of our community.”

For the third consecutive year, UPS hosted a volunteer event with the YWCA, allowing their employees to donate their time and skills in the community. The 2015 volunteers came from different departments and locations of UPS. “We had everyone from service providers to business managers with their children and spouses who came out to volunteer at this event,” says Cindy Morrison, UPS Sales Operation Support.

With hats, gloves and smiles on, the UPS crew tilled the soil, cut the hedges and picked a colourful harvest of tomatoes, green beans and spring onions. “I loved to see the enthusiasm and the gusto with which gardeners and non-gardeners came together,” says Nina. “I love the garden because we can see passion and kindness in people trying to help it flourish.”

UPS’ Cindy agrees: “Volunteering is a powerful force… one that inspires and creates a ripple effect throughout the organization.” Volunteering for the YWCA allows UPS families to spend time together, while teaching employees’ children about the value of giving back to the community.

Giving back has been part of UPS’ culture since it was founded in Seattle, WA, in 1907. In 1951, company founder Jim Casey established the UPS Foundation to formally support community programs and organizations. In 2014, YWCA Metro Vancouver received a $25,000 grant from the Foundation.

The honour is a sign that UPS employees truly believe in the impact the YWCA is making in the community, and share a “common goal to help bring happiness to others,” says Cindy. She was delighted when she found out one of the employees who volunteered last fall was already involved with the YWCA. She regularly bakes cupcakes and delivers them to Alder Gardens for special occasions—another welcome delivery from the group volunteers at UPS.

For more information about group volunteering, please contact Alex Dubelko at adubelko@ywcavan.org604 895 5795​

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