June 12 2013
UPS Comes to Aid of Oklahoma, Commits $25,000 to Operation HOPE to Provide Financial Recovery Assistance
Los Angeles – June 13, 2013 – Financial dignity leader, Operation HOPE (HOPE) announced today that it has received a $25,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE:UPS), in support of HOPE’s work to help survivors rebuild and restore damage caused by the tornado in Oklahoma through its disaster preparedness and recovery division, HOPE Coalition America (HCA).
"We are pleased to have The UPS Foundation join our efforts to continue to provide financial recovery information and guidance to individuals attempting to restructure their financial lives in storm-torn Oklahoma,” said Fred D. Smith, Operation HOPE president for HOPE Coalition America. “This funding will help us provide disaster financial recovery services, with employees in recovering communities and one-on-one guidance by trained financial recovery volunteers from the financial services industry".
Since its formation in 2001 as the result of a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, HCA has helped more than 300,000 individuals and small business recover from 34 disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Florida Hurricanes, Hurricane Sandy, as well as tornados and floods in southern and mid-western states.
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 environmental sustainability.
The UPS Foundation was established by UPS founder Jim Casey in 1951 and leads UPS's corporate citizenship efforts. It invests nearly $100 million each year and provides more than 1.8 million hours of UPS employee’s volunteer time into communities across the globe.
Oklahomans affected by the disaster are encouraged to call the national assistance hotline immediately, at 888-388-HOPE (4673), to register as HCA clients and receive the free financial guidance to facilitate their recovery. HCA services include:
- Assistance completing applications for grants, loans, and FEMA benefits
- Recovery budget preparation and emergency credit management
- Assistance understanding and completing the insurance claim process
- Referrals to government and private agencies providing assistance
- Assistance obtaining copies of lost or destroyed documents
- Assistance modifying and restructuring credit and loan obligations
About Operation HOPE
Founded in 1992, social empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE's mission is to expand economic opportunity in under-resourced communities through financial literacy education. HOPE promotes "silver rights" - making free enterprise and capitalism relevant and effective for the underserved. Raising more than $500 million and directing and restructuring nearly $500 million more in mortgages and economic support from the private sector, for a total of approximately $1 billion dollars in economic activity, and empowering more than 2 million individuals worldwide. HOPE seeks dignity and empowerment for all. Follow Operation HOPE at www.facebook.com/operationhope, www.twitter.com/operationhope, and www.operationhope.org
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. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. The company can be found on the Web at UPS.com and its corporate blog can be found at blog.ups.com. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.