FedEx Launches Seventh Annual FedEx Cares Week
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 7, 2011—FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) launches its seventh annual FedEx Cares Week, providing volunteer and service opportunities for employees around the world. Close to 4,000 FedEx volunteers worldwide will donate a combined 20,000 hours to serving local organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life in the communities where FedEx employees live and work.
FedEx Cares Week began in the U.S. in 2005 and has since expanded to more than 40 countries and territories around the globe. The week will be held September 17-23 in the Asia Pacific region and September 12-17 everywhere else around the world. An honored tradition of time to gather and contribute to local communities, this year FedEx Cares Week debuts for the first time in Canada, Spain, Italy, India, the UAE and Switzerland. FedEx employees across the globe will serve their communities in countries and territories such as Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico and the United Kingdom, and in more than 30 U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New York, Newark, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
“FedEx Cares Week creates deeper connections between our FedEx employees and the local communities we serve,” said Stephanie Butler, manager of Global Citizenship at FedEx. “Every day FedEx employees passionately help customers solve logistics challenges. Through FedEx Cares Week, our employees extend that passion to help local communities with critical social issues.”
FedEx Cares Week serves as the formal kick-off for the annual U.S. FedEx United Way campaign. In addition to volunteering hundreds of thousands of hours each year, FedEx and its employees gave more than $14 million to the United Way in 2010 and more than $175 million over the past fifteen years.
This year’s FedEx Cares Week service projects include:
- Environmentally-focused activities throughout the Asia Pacific region, ranging from tree planting and greening of beaches and urban spaces to conducting environment-focused education sessions
- Building Improvement and restoration for schools, orphanages, homes for the elderly and ill; environmental cleanup and reforestation projects; and spending time with children, the elderly and people with HIV throughout Latin America
- Food bank assistance, renovation and clean-up projects for children and senior citizens, and supporting the homeless and adults with disabilities in the U.S.
- Supporting disadvantaged children and hospitals with books, school supplies, painting activities, and fundraising for children with long-term diseases in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region; cleaning a beach and restoring a river bank; as well as an employee donation drive in support of UNICEF’s relief effort in the Horn of Africa. The employee donation drive coincides with in-kind transportation provided by FedEx with two B-777 relief aid flights into Kenya providing food assistance, in collaboration with UNICEF.
For more information about FedEx Cares Week and the FedEx commitment to volunteerism and the communities it serves, please visit fedexcares.com.
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $39 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 290,000 employees to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.