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UPS donates nearly $300,000 to local non-profits combating COVID-19

Regional grants were awarded to the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund, Volunteers of America, WaterStep and other local non-profits.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — UPS announced nearly $300,000 in donations to local non-profits supporting coronavirus relief efforts.

The company said $297,000 worth of regional grants went to organizations and funds like Metro Louisville's One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund, WaterStep and Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

The full list of grant recipients and amount donated is: 

  • One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund - $100,000 
  • Volunteers of America - $25,000
  • Uspiritus (Bellewood and Brooklawn) - $25,000
  • Ronald McDonald House - $25,000
  • Association of Community Ministries - $25,000 
  • SOS International - $25,000
  • WaterStep - $25,000 
  • Family Scholar House - $25,000 
  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries - $17,000
  • Masjid Bilal Islamic Center - $5,000 

The company said its donation to the One Louisville: COVID-19 Response Fund was actually a $50,000 donation matched by the UPS Foundation.

UPS also donated 400 hospital-grade masks to Cedare Lake Lodge, a local assisted living facility. It previously donated 10,000 N95 respirator masks to health care workers across Kentucky.

“Helping communities is in UPS’s blood. It’s in the heritage of UPS to help out groups in need. Our communities are where are employees are, so supporting them is our priority,” UPS Airlines President Brendan Canavan said.

UPS Worldport is the largest package handling facility in the world, processing around 2 million packages a day. Two Kentuckiana residents who worked at Worldport died due to the coronavirus. John Mayer, a company spokesperson, told WHAS11 safety remains their top priority. Mayer said they’re taking the need for social distancing seriously and providing 30 additional shuttle buses each shift to take employees to their work sites to sort packages. 

In addition, Mayer said there's more frequent cleaning and they're in constant communication with employees about the virus. Any employee with symptoms is told to report it immediately.

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