“The coronavirus pandemic has underscored the indispensable role of healthcare institutions and medical staff,” said Karl Haberkorn, managing director, UPS Italy. “The team at Pope John XXIII Hospital has given so much and continues to persevere, and we’re proud to support such a crucial part of the community.”
As the primary healthcare facility in Bergamo, Pope John XXIII Hospital has been on the frontline, treating coronavirus patients in what has been one of the epicentres of the pandemic in Italy. The grant from The UPS Foundation will be used to purchase equipment in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, including ventilators, non-invasive ventilation devices, hemodynamic monitoring equipment, masks, headphones, gowns and disposable glasses.
“The flexibility and reliability of our smart global logistics network means that UPS can not only rapidly deploy assistance in a crisis situation, but also keep vital supply chains running,” continued Karl Haberkorn. “Supporting our customers and local communities during major global disruptions like the coronavirus pandemic is a privilege and a responsibility we take seriously.”
Globally, The UPS Foundation has announced $15 million in funding for non-profit organizations providing immediate and long-term community support, including grant allocations, collaboration with NGOs and the provision of in-kind transportation, supply chain consultation, and cash contributions to expedite the distribution of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and other life-sustaining activities for impacted individuals and communities.
In 2019, The UPS Foundation responded to 28 major world disasters, providing in-kind support of humanitarian aid and relief across 74 countries – almost $6.5 million worth of in-kind services – including loaned experts and relief shipments leveraging UPS’s owned and contracted global network in the air, on the ground, by rail and on the ocean. Throughout 2019, The UPS Foundation invested more than $20 million in funding, in-kind, and technical support for community safety initiatives to enhance preparedness, urgent disaster response and recovery, public health strengthening, and road safety.
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About The UPS Foundation
Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2019, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $123.8 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation and @UPS_Foundation on Twitter.