WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In commemoration of Presidents' Day, FedEx team members volunteered at the Operation USO Care Package Warehouse on Fort Belvoir in Virginia for a United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) Day of Caring.
Days of Caring are coordinated by United Way NCA and offer local corporations the chance to volunteer for one of United Way's member charities, like the USO. The USO's mission is to lift the spirits of troops and their families.
"FedEx has been one of the strongest supporters of Operation USO Care Package. With their continued support and that of others, we are able to fulfill our mission of supporting the troops," said Jonathon Cannon, Director of the Operation USO Care Package program.
On Monday, 29 FedEx volunteers helped assemble 2,506 Operation USO care packages for service members deployed overseas. The care packages included items like combs, toothpaste, phone cards and crossword puzzles.
"Each and every FedEx team member took pride in assembling the USO care packages for our brave men and women in uniform and their families," said Brian Hughes, FedEx Express Managing Director of District Operations for the US Capitol Region.
Over the last five years, FedEx has been a proud supporter of United Way NCA and its member charities by helping to raise over $750,000 through workplace, corporate and in-kind giving.
"The United Way is very appreciative of the strong sense of social responsibility of FedEx. The outreach and support of the USO is a testament to their corporate culture of giving back to our community," said Bill Hanbury, President and CEO of United Way of the National Capital Area.
FedEx and its employees raise over $14M dollars for United Way Worldwide annually in addition to donated shipping and many hours of volunteer support by team members. FedEx has supported United Way for over 30 years, and is a proud member of its National Corporate Leadership group.
To learn how your company can participate in a United Way NCA Day of Caring, visit www.unitedwaynca.org.
About United Way NCA
United Way of the National Capital Area is the largest and most enduring social change organization in the Washington Metropolitan Area. We create connections that make a difference, linking donor dollars to worthy causes, companies to community, and neighbors-in-need to vital services.
Focusing on the critical areas of Education, Income and Health – the building blocks of a good quality of life – United Way of the National Capital Area not only provides immediate relief of problems affecting area residents, but also works to alleviate the underlying causes. Understanding the interconnectedness of community, we work in collaboration with our member charities, government, area businesses, and community leaders in order to improve lives throughout the region. For more information, visit www.unitedwaynca.org.
About Fed Ex
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $37 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world's most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 285,000 employees and contractors to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.
About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.
The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors. In addition to individual donors and other corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners: American Airlines, AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381).To join us in this patriotic mission and to learn more about the USO, please visit www.uso.org.
SOURCE United Way of the National Capital Area