Branches, Inc. Receives Grant of more than $10,000 from The UPS Foundation

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Branches, Inc. received a $10,100 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).

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“We are honored to work with UPS towards making an impact in our community, especially on Thanksgiving Day, and are grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who support us in our efforts.” said Brent McLaughlin, Executive Director of Branches, Inc.

Branches, Inc. received a $10,100 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).

The grant will be used towards Branches’ 16th Annual Thanksgiving Meal Delivery, to cover the cost of the turkey for 6,000+ meals. Branches and its partner congregations plan to once again feed over 6,000 individuals and families on Thanksgiving Day. These are all individuals who would otherwise have no Thanksgiving meal to eat or serve their families on this special holiday. Over 1,100 total volunteers will assist with this program to help plan, prepare, cook, package and deliver hot meals on Thanksgiving morning.

The recipients who receive a Thanksgiving meal are Branches families, yet the majority are community members referred to Branches by over 30 local partner agencies and services. In addition, the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal program is a large tri-lingual informational pamphlet which is included in each meal delivery. This pamphlet provides information about Branches programs and other vital resources available in our community.

Branches is a nonprofit organization based in Miami, which primarily focuses on student services and financial stability. Its Grow Program serves elementary students, preparing them for lifelong success through enrichment of their minds, bodies and hearts. The Climb Program serves middle and high school students, focusing on the development of their individual assets. Branches’ Achieve Programs target the well-being of the entire community through services fostering financial stability and long term success. Services include the ASSETS small business development program, free VITA tax preparation and hunger relief. Branches is also proud to house and operate the United Way Center for Financial Stability (UWCFS).

“We are honored to work with UPS towards making an incredible impact in our community, especially on Thanksgiving Day,” said Brent McLaughlin, Executive Director of Branches, Inc. “We are excited to continue to bring innovative and empowering programs to the children and families in Miami and beyond and are thankful for the many volunteers who support us in this effort.”

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.

In 2015, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support Branches’ efforts to serve, educate and inspire citizens through student, family and financial stability services.” Said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

For more details, please contact Isabelle Pike at 305-442-8306 x1002 or ipike(at)branchesfl(dot)org.

About Branches
For over 40 years, Branches has made a positive impact in the community by delivering on its mission to serve, educate and inspire people through student, family and financial stability services. Branches provides long-term, holistic services for motivated individuals and families. We help people grow deeper and climb higher in life by building a foundation through education so they can achieve their goals and fulfill their potential. For additional information about Branches, please call 305.442.8306 or visit http://www.branchesfl.org.

The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight; the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. 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 2015, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world and recorded more than 2.3 million hours of volunteer service. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/Foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.

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