What’s the story: A team of volunteers in Brussels led by UPSer Andrea Petersen mobilized quickly to aid a humanitarian crisis. The team is a part of Serve the City, a global movement of volunteers, active in over 50 cities around the world.
When Poland became quickly overwhelmed with refugees, Andrea and the team collected essential items ranging from medicine to blankets. With the help of UPS, they shipped 500 large boxes of essential items to Kraków, Poland to Serve the City volunteers on site.
Refugees arrive in Belgium: The Serve the City Brussels team mobilized a team who provided breakfast for refugees waiting in line throughout the night to register with local authorities. Andrea and some volunteers also joined equipped with lunch and hygiene bags to support those who were still there at lunch time.
A servant heart: Andrea has actively volunteered with Serve the City for 10 years. Now in a leadership position with them, she attributes much of her servant heart to her mother.
“I learned the value of service at a young age,” said Andrea. “Learn people’s story and don’t try to change the world but strive to change a person’s life in that moment.”
What they’re saying: “Her strength and passion are a great source of inspiration,” said Nicolo Sgreva, one of Andrea’s co-workers. “No matter how difficult the work week is, she always finds the time and strength to volunteer. According to Daniel Droste, Region Business Development Director, “Andrea continuously motivates large numbers of volunteers to get engaged in our projects.”
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