NORCROSS, Ga., Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Special Olympics Georgia (SOGA) received a $90,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS.
The grant will be used toward the volunteer program for all five of the organization's State Games. Eager to bring more volunteers to its events, SOGA is always striving to improve every volunteer experience. This grant will give SOGA the ability to invite more volunteers to join in the planning and implementation of events for its 26,460 athletes.
This grant is truly important as Special Olympics Georgia is truly a grassroots effort. With only a small team of full-time employees, it takes a large and dedicated volunteer force to fulfill our mission and to make our State Games a reality. Whether a volunteer can commit to a single afternoon or come for a full weekend to volunteer there is a place for everyone.
"Special Olympics Georgia deeply values the support of The UPS Foundation not only through this generous grant but through the demonstrated support from the UPS employees and their families who volunteer at our events. The overall volunteer initiative enhances everything that we do for the athletes. We will never be able to thank The UPS Foundation enough for their belief in the volunteer movement that truly drives our organization," said Georgia Milton-Sheats, Chief Executive Officer of SOGA.
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified four focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.
In 2017, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
"The UPS Foundation is honored to support the Special Olympics Georgia efforts to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities," said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. "Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community."
SOURCE Special Olympics Georgia