UPS volunteers – Building houses, boxing food

United Parcel Service invests some $500,000 a year to send its managers to a four-week community-service program, the New York Times reported July 26.

The program sends about 50 managers each year to work with nonprofits in one of four locations: New York, Chicago, Chattanooga, Tenn., and McAllen, Tex. The company usually sends people to unfamiliar places to add interest to the experience.

The work ranges from building houses with Habitat for Humanity to boxing food for the needy or assisting the physically disabled.

Corporate volunteer programs have become more common in the U.S. since the early 1990s. Advocacy groups say UPS’ program is unusually intensive, however.

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