Santa Fe Springs, Calif., lift truck dealer Raymond Handling Solutions held a Red Nose Day fundraiser for children living in poverty, raising $6,000 from 78 employees. To draw attention to the effort, volunteers wore the noses during the fundraising event, which benefited such groups as Oxfam, City Year, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Charity: Water, and End Polio Now. (See video below.)
Raleigh, N.C.-based global trade management (GTM) software provider Amber Road held its annual "Souper Bowl" food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. A total of 74 employees participated in the competition, soliciting donations, negotiating deals with local grocery stores, buying and packaging the goods, and loading pallets for the food bank pickup. In addition to the 33,201 pounds of food collected by employees, the company donated $2,500 to the food bank.
The UPS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Atlanta-based transport and logistics giant UPS Inc., will award grants and in-kind support totaling more than $16 million to nonprofit non-governmental organizations and United Nations agencies for humanitarian relief, community resilience, and safety programs worldwide. Grants will go to organizations including the American Red Cross, Care USA, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), and the Vaccine Alliance.
Material handling equipment parts distributor TVH in the Americas (TVH) held a T-shirt fundraiser for autism awareness (see photo). The company's charitable division, TVHCares, raised $3,162 thanks to employees who purchased shirts and wore them at work on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day. All proceeds went to the Autism Speaks organization.
Employees at Cincinnati-based freight brokerage firm Total Quality Logistics (TQL) celebrated National Volunteer Week by participating in more than 60 volunteer projects. Employees chose their own projects and a local charity captain coordinated the activities, with teams earning a $250 grant for each nonprofit served.