Empowering dreams: One UPS employee’s inspiring journey of sacrifice

Charles Ohagwu wins 2023 UPS Jim Casey Community Service Award
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Charles Ohagwu is a Germany-based UPS driver with more than 20 years of service and the CEO of Heavenly Kids Technical College, a primary school which he founded in his hometown of Enugu, Nigeria. His mission is clear – to ensure that every student reaches their full potential.

But that’s not all: Charles is our 2023 Jim Casey Community Service Award winner, UPS’s highest community service honor, recognizing employees who embrace our long legacy of volunteerism and giving back.


An act of service: Charles believes education is key to unlocking new opportunities. Determined to make a difference in his community, he secured a personal bank loan to build Heavenly Kids Technical College.

“We offer carpentry, electrical installation, shoemaking, fashion design and catering programs,” said Charles. “When companies eventually start flowing into Enugu, my school will have the first edge to provide skilled workers.”

To support the school's needs, Charles selflessly downsized his life in Düsseldorf, Germany. He sends a portion of his salary back home to provide an income for staff members and resources for students.

“I took it upon myself to make a change. And my contribution is using all the money I earn from UPS to build the school for my people,” added Charles. “The children smiling is the payback I want in my life. I want to see the children happy.”

Congratulations to Charles and all the Jim Casey Community Service Award finalists making a difference in their communities. These amazing UPSers lead with their head, heart and hands, inspiring all of us to be an important part of something bigger.

A long legacy of service: See how recent winners Greg Schneider and Harry Kpoh are making lasting contributions in communities near and far.

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