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Girl Scouts receives $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation
Council to use funds to reach more girls in underserved areas

HOUSTON (January, 2013) – Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), the second largest Girl Scout Council in the U.S., received a $10,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will help GSSJC reach more girls who live in underserved areas of Houston with programming that addresses obstacles faced by girls as they strive to achieve academically, emotionally and socially.

“We are grateful for the financial support we’ve received from The UPS Foundation,” said Mary Vitek, GSSJC CEO. “Their funding will ensure that all girls, regardless of their age, ethnicity or socioeconomic status, have the opportunity to become well-rounded, confident and successful women who are equipped to succeed in a global economy.”

One of the primary goals of GSSJC is to reach more girls who are disadvantaged through Girl Scouting in the School Day (GSISD), a community outreach program implemented in areas with limited parental involvement and volunteers. GSSJC employs staff who work with girls in their own neighborhood. With the generous support of committed partners like UPS, GSISD is delivered free-of-charge to girls and their families at the school the girls attend. Each year GSSJC reaches more than 9,600 girls in five Houston-area school districts, including Channelview, Galena Park, Houston, Pasadena and Sheldon.

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, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.

In 2012, The UPS Foundation distributed more than $46.2 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as the Girl Scouts and provide support for building stronger communities.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support the GSSJC’s efforts to expand programming opportunities to girls in underserved areas of Houston,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

About the Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.2 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is the second largest Girl Scout council in the country serving more than 70,000 girls and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. Girl Scouts celebrates its centennial in 2012.

Editor’s Note:

Photo Caption [The UPS Foundation]: Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) was awarded a $10,000 grant by The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS. The grant will help GSSJC reach more girls who live in underserved areas of Houston with programming that addresses obstacles faced by girls as they strive to achieve academically, emotionally and socially. (Pictured left to right) Renita Williams, UPS Human Resource administrative assistant; Keisha Lee Cavil, UPS District Human Resource operations manager; Diane Pavey, GSSJC development director – major gifts; Casey Jordan, UPS area Human Resource supervisor; Paulina Robins, UPS Human Resource supervisor; and Gladys Walker, UPS Employee Services supervisor.

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