PHILADELPHIA, April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia Chapter recently received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant was awarded through The Foundation's Community Investment Grant Program, a one-of-a-kind initiative that allows UPS employees to recommend organizations for funding based on the needs they see in their communities in conjunction with volunteering over 200 hours for that organization.
"This grant will help fund research into this devastating disease," said Jim Pinciotti, Executive Director of the ALS Association, Greater Philadelphia Chapter. "It will also help us in our mission to provide programs and services free of charge for nearly 800 people living with ALS in our region."
The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association provides comprehensive support and resources for ALS patients, their families, and caregivers living in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS.
The grant awarded to ALS Association of Greater Philadelphia is one of many that The UPS Foundation has made through the 2005 Community Investment Grant Program. UPSers worldwide are committed to the communities and neighborhoods where they live and work. In the past year, more than 30,000 employees participated in UPS's Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, a company-wide volunteer initiative that matches employees and their families with volunteer opportunities based on their interests, skills and availability.
"Because our business operates in virtually every community across the country and more than 200 countries and territories around the world, UPS employees are uniquely positioned to recognize the issues and organizations in need of support," said Evern Cooper, president of The UPS Foundation and vice president of UPS Corporate Relations. "Through the Region/District Grant Program, our employees can positively help impact the challenges and opportunities facing our communities."
Founded in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation is committed to making a difference through focused funded programs and projects. In addition to the Community Investment Grant Program, The Foundation's major initiatives include programs that support hunger relief, family and workplace literacy, and effective volunteerism. In 2004, The Foundation contributed nearly $40 million to communities throughout the world through its various grant programs.
For more information, please visit UPS Community Crossroads at http://www.community.ups.com/.