UPS donates $40 000 to Barbados charity for the first time ever
The cheque presentation from UPS to Variety - The Children's Charity in Barbados
Variety - The Children’s Charity in Barbados, has received an injection of thousands to improve and enhance its life skills programme for a cohort of approximately 20 to better prepare for the world beyond secondary school.
The Minister of Industry and International Business, Donville Inniss thanked the philanthropist – UPS Foundation. He said that the act of benevolence will benefit many who need assistance through the programme for teens. “Your contribution will go a long way with them [Variety].”
Highlighting the corporate citizenry of UPS, he said the donated BBD $40 000 is no small amount.
“This donation of BBD $40 000 falls under one of the several programmes of the organisation… This shows that UPS is indeed a very good corporate citizen. What is even more heart-warming about this presentation…is UPS only has about a dozen employees in Barbados and I think when you have an organisation of only 12 employees, being able to through their work and commitment give $40 000 to a charity and worth this in Barbados, you must be commended.”
Executive Director for Variety, Donnah Russell said that with the contribution, they will be “helping to mould at least another two dozen young lives.”
Speaking about the programme, she said it is “for teens who will soon be confronted by something called – the real world. The aim of the programme is to break the cycle of poverty by teaching practical life skills to the participants.”
Qualified persons in areas including managing self and relationships; attitude and aptitude; and time money management will teach them. Mentors will also share with the participants as well, to teach, guide and warn them using their expertise, experiences and hindsight.
Country Manager, UPS’s Caribbean GEO, including Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Jose Oramas said that UPS they welcome and celebrate diversity, including persons with disabilities. Therefore he lauded the Barbados team for recommending Variety for the grant.
Echoing the sentiment, Vice President of Human Resources and Labour Relations for UPS Americas, Charnley Conway told the local staff, “You did a great job.
“This is our first time in Barbados and I can’t think of a better reason to be here.”
Calling on the participants to become mentors themselves once they graduate, he urged, “It just can’t be the parent, it just can’t be the teacher; it’s a village. It takes a village!
“I only ask that as you become successful that you come back and give to the organisation [Variety]… Each one, teach one.”
Conway was very pleased to see that the participants will grow towards being self-sufficient, productive and responsible citizens.
The donation by UPS may be a first for a Barbados organization, but it's part of UPS' global mandate.
Conway explained, “UPS employees are passionate about making the world a better place, which is why UPS has set a goal to attribute 20 Million hours of volunteer service by the year 2020 around the world. To us, giving means more than writing a cheque. It means combining employees’ skills, their passion, their time, with our logistical expertise, transportation assets and charitable donations to make a measurable difference in the society.”
Last year, UPS supported worthy programmes in Jamaica, “this year we’re doing the same in Barbados,” added Conway.